How to draw female torso

Drawing a proportional, well-shaped body may look challenging to you. In this tutorial, you will discover the steps needed to make it look right quickly and easily with no effort. Learn how to draw the torso and chest in fashion design sketches and have fun!

Time, Tools and Difficulty:

Time to complete the tutorial: 6 min
Tools you’ll need: drawing paper, a pencil, and an eraser
Difficulty level: 4/10

How to draw a female torso in 11 steps:

Step 1: Draw the head

Draw an egg-shaped ellipse that will be the head of your model. Leave enough space for the body. Once you have it, pull down a vertical Centerline for the torso.

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Step 2: Shoulder line

Draw a horizontal line half-head below the chin. This is the shoulder line and also marks the length of the neck.

One of the reasons fashion illustrations look that graceful is the long necks of the models. Don’t be afraid to draw a neck longer than half the head size, but avoid making them shorter. A shorter neck will give your model a masculine look.

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Step 3: Torso guidelines

First, make two ellipses one next to another right under the shoulder line. They should be the same size as the head and touch the Centerline. Make them one from each side.
Then, draw a third “head” between and under the latter two. The torso Centerline should separate it in the middle. It is essential that you draw all the ellipses the same size in order that your model does not result in an unproportionate figure.

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Step 4: Draw chests guidelines

Begin by drawing a feminine neck that is slightly curved towards the Centerline in the middle.
Then, touching the upper two ellipses draw two smaller circles. The size of those is about ¼ of the head. Make one from the left side and one for the right.
The circles in the lower half of the upper two ellipses mark the breasts of the model.

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Step 5: Nice curves

Shape the shoulders. Try to make them slightly narrowed and follow the outline of the small circles in the end.
Next, shape the breasts as shown in the picture. Make sure to leave enough space between the shoulder line and the chest.
To draw the waist find the middle of the head frame and make two narrow lines. Follow the guidelines of the ellipse.

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Step 6: Rib cage

Connect the waist and the breast by curved lines. These are for the rib cage.

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Step 7: The details make it work

Follow the circle guideline of the breast and add short lines from the opposite side of the outline you already have.
Mark the belly-button close to the bottom of the last head frame.
For the breastbone draw a small circle where the shoulder line and the torso Centerline cross. Connect it with the shoulders by narrowed (up) lines.

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Step 8: Pelvis guidelines

Soften the line of the collarbone.
Draw two circles from both sides of the Centerline again. These are the frame for the pelvis.
Mark the crotch.

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Step 9: Bones

Find the middle of the last ellipses and connect the waist and the crotch forming a diamond-like shape.
Just below the waistline draw two circles with the same size as those used for the shoulders.

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Step 10: Cure the pelvis

Outline the pelvis with soft curves. Don’t forget the small circles.

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Step 11: Add the legs

Erase all the guidelines you don’t need and draw the legs and arms that you’d like. It’s up to you!

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How to draw female torso 1 Fashion Croquis and Drawing Tutorials

Learning how to draw a fashion figure with the right proportions is an essential skill for every fashion illustrator. If you want to learn how to draw beautiful fashion figures check out my online course ‘Fashion Figures 101‘!

It doesn’t look right! Common mistakes:

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Mistake 1: The neck and the collarbone are among the most beautiful things about models. Have your time to draw thew properly. The breasts shouldn’t be too pushed up.

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Mistake 2: Follow the guidelines you have drawn for the hips or you risk to make your model too curvy.

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Mistake 3: The waist is too thin. Watch out for this common mistake!

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  1. Hey Teya!thanks but drawing the ovals is a problem.I also suggest that you make a website on drawing eyes,ears,nose and mouth

  2. Guys would you try controlling your emotions!go try reading the Bible perhaps it would help you.

  3. @jornya how rude do you have to be to pick on an 11 y/o, i have never seen someone act so disrespectful to a little kid. you really must be looking for attention because of the way you act. you’re the child, learn some respect before you start going after someone that just needed some help with her sketching. i can’t imagine how you get through your daily life being so disrespectful like that, learn some manners ;)

  4. what the heck isha just minding her own business and thanking this website cause it helped her. how is she bragging in any way and werent u just bragging to the 12 year old that had a hard time

  5. “u is not perfect” — at least she’s closer to perfection in grammar than you are. If you didn’t want to read comments then don’t. No one is forcing you to read someone’s comment and then criticize them. If anything, you are up in @Isha ‘s business for replying to her perfectly harmless comment. The blame can’t be shifted.

    No hard feelings, I bid you a good day. ☺

  6. I don’t care I come on this website to learn to draw not read braggers and people in my business so f*** you b****

  7. @jornya are you jealous? And yes i do admit,i am a little envious of your achievement @isha,but we should cheer people UP,not bring them DOWN. But then again,i guess you would be jealous of those that knows how to spell.

  8. I don’t know who u think u are but u is not perfect I bet u cant even draw anything on here u filthy bragger

  9. Hi there! Im a aspiring designer and your tutorials have really helped me a lot and I just wanted to say thanks ! <3 Because of you now I have mastered the fashion figure and just wanted to say keep up the good work !

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  11. :D this site is awesome ive always wanted to draw fashions designs from scratch and now i know how!!!!!!!!Thnx sooo much :P

  12. [quote name=”Erin”]I had to make the breasts and waist bigger and the hips smaller im sure its just my drawing. It really helped me thanks!!!!![/quote]

    Yes, this is really a basic tutorial – you can touch the details and really make it the way you feel that looks best.
    I’m glad that you enjoy the final result :)

  13. I had to make the breasts and waist bigger and the hips smaller im sure its just my drawing. It really helped me thanks!!!!!

  14. thank you! i have been wanting to draw fashion designs but i didnt know how to draw them. no now i can! thank you! :lol:

  15. I want to be a fashion designer so so bad, but in my country this is just impossible :cry:

  16. [quote name=”jade”]i want to be a fashion designer soo bbad and i just cant draw the boddy i have to use croquis and this looks hard but ill try :lol: :-) ;-) 8) :-| :-* :sad:[/quote]

    You will do perfectly, dear Jade. Practice, practice, practice :-)

  17. i want to be a fashion designer soo bbad and i just cant draw the boddy i have to use croquis and this looks hard but ill try :lol: :-) ;-) 8) :-| :-* :sad:

  18. Wow. I didn’t know that with “proper proportioning” you end up with a waist as thin as the models neck. :sigh:

  19. This looks challenging but I think I’ll give it a try!!!!!!! thnx :P :lol: :-) ;-) :lol: 8) :-| :-* :oops: :sad: :cry:

  20. Sure, Cherry, I’m planning to open a whole new section in January with tutorials for models in different possitions. There will be front, back, side view poses, sitting and moving poses, maybe even men and children :)
    If you join our Facebook group you will hear the updates the moment I upload them or just check out from time to time.
    Thanks for the comment!

  21. hey thank you sooooooo much after searching many books and sites this is where i drew a human body sketch and finally am so confident about it !! can give a tutorial abut different positions too? it will be so helpful!

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