REBLOG IT ON TUMBLR HERE~ THANK YOU!I encourage you to read all the artist comments before asking questions, thank you!
Due to the overwhelming number of comments I don't think I'll be able to reply every single one, but to those who find this tutorial useful in any way; YOU ARE SO WELCOME!
I hope it helps you!
I'll do my best to keep working on my own skills so I can hopefully do a better version 2 of this someday, covering things I didn't here; such as fat distribution on the face, neck, and more blatant fat rolls. Thank you for the input, critique, and feedback!
And for future reference; I am not renaming this tutorial.
There is such a thing as curvy women that are also fat. They are fat, and also curvy. And also fat! And also happy!
Do you have any tips on drawing bigger girls? I can never seem to make it look right, and I really want to draw different body types.
For you anon, and all the other people that ask me this question! “ヽ(´▽｀)ノ”
There's always stuff I'll be learning, but I'm happy to pass this little tidbit to anyone that could use some guidance. I completely intent on doing a second installment of this once I've learned a little more and taken some time to practice critiques I was given for this one.
I'll do my best to answer any questions I can if they're not answered here. This is my first art tutorial ever... and I've been feeling infinitely shy about posting it!I do not tolerate fat-shaming and I will kick your ass if you feel the need to be an ignorant-as-fuck douchecanoe about it.
Edit October 2013:
Other than breaking down the shapes, I said characterization and back-story play a major role in how I decide to size my girls. I wanted to explain why
I mention upbringings for these characters because I realized some people found my justifications for their current body weight offensive and unnecessary. I am so so sorry for that, as it was not my intention in the slightest; I am very aware that diets don't immediately equate to being fat. I am very aware that genetics can just result in this body-type, which is exactly what I was trying to cover (though I realize I could have addressed this fact far better than I did.)
But what I was trying to show is that there is no wrong way to be fat.
You can be born into a fat family, like Chryssa and Belle. You can be thin and grow up to gain weight like Monica, just as some kids start out fat and lose it with age. You can be athletic and still be fat, like Gwen. You can gain it because of a diet, too- Like Rilu. And all of those are okay
. I know diet is a very controversial and sensitive topic which is why it's easy to hone in on that issue, and truth be told we DON'T really understand the way our body and diets work yet, because our society as a whole is very skewed in bias favor of losing weight. Anyone has every right to be upset by that immediate association of "bad health."
Again, I'm so sorry. I hope it makes more sense now. I don't usually justify any of my characters' traits in ANY regard (weight, identity, orientation) except in-story if it's a major part of their growth or plot relevant, but I thought it would be a good way for people to further connect to them. However, I'll keep this in mind for the future for sure.
Other great curvy references/tips that may have some better points I may have missed. Welcome to suggestions for this list!