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Men, draw your breasts right!

More often than not if you're learning anatomy from superhero comics, or more often manga, you're learning to glue cantaloupes to women's chest. If you're learning from Playboy pictorials, again half your models will be enhanced.

Yeah, I'm talking to myself mostly, but a lot of fantasy pin ups done on the internet by aspiring artists are fantastic in the minimal role of gravity.

Again, just talking to myself, here are some links as to how to draw the female torso.
Julie Dillon's tutorial.
Kristen Smirnov's tutorial.

You see, unlike the above two people, I am not a female. Therefore I can not sit in front of a mirror for reference. I'd have to look for and ask a close female friend who isn't shy about nudity, and asking this at 3am from across town would likely strain that close relationship. (Actually thinking about it, my body probably isn't the best reference for the male figure, either. I think this is where I should end the discussion.)

Some day I might want to resume drawing. Some day I might get good enough to not be laughed out of art school.

Sketch 1 PG-13
Sketch 2 PG-13
Sketch 3 G


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Jan. 31st, 2004 06:07 am (UTC)
The bra one is actually pretty good.

The first one, her right nipple is a little cockeyed. It gives the impression of being tacked on. If you were trying to convey the way a breast tends to sag to the side when a woman leans back, I think some more shading in that area would do the trick.

The second one appears as though her upper rib cage has caved in slightly.

You do pretty well with the shoulder/waist/neck thing, which always screw me up. But hey, breasts are hard. I can't even draw mine right.
Jan. 31st, 2004 01:10 pm (UTC)
I should warn you...
I should warn you, I did those drawings two or three years ago. I've probably only gotten worse since then... Anyway, I do agree with all of your criticisms, though as expected, I see even more.
Jan. 31st, 2004 02:31 pm (UTC)
Sequential Tart has a column dedicated to bad comic book breasts called Bizarre Breasts. A quick search of the archive turned up a tutorial they published a couple years ago, which says much the same thing as the tutorials you link to.

But here's a thought: If you don't have a model of your own, have you tried looking at photographs? At the risk of sounding a little off the wall, the community vintage_sex features photographs of nudes from the earliest days of photography through the 1960s. Since this was before the days of models looking like 12 year old boys with volley balls on their chests, it has pictures illustrating an incredibly wide variety of body types, breast shapes, and poses. I've saved quite a few pictures for reference purposes. Honest, that's all they're for. ;)
Feb. 2nd, 2004 01:27 am (UTC)
That's what they all say. Honestly, thanks for the tips. There's always a need for good models here, classic and contemporary. Though the contemporaries could use a nice sandwich.
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