Drawing from photos is
easiest when your sketch paper and reference photograph are
of equal size. This greatly reduces overall figure distortion.
Nowadays it is easy to print custom sized photos from your
computer or laptop. You can even print screen captures from
paused HD videos or DVDS.
A sheet of plain white
card stock underneath your drawing hand not only helps prevent
smudging, but can also be used as a ruler to establish accurate
distances. Just lay it across your photograph and mark the
edge with your drawing pencil.
Tracing photographs will
cause your ladies to appear generic or even cartoonish as
the subtle curves of their figures are overlooked. Using card
stock as a ruler will always produce a more precise drawing
Draw softly and any mistakes
made can be easily erased. When you obsess about making mistakes,
your drawing hand becomes rigid. As the pressure of the pencil
tip against the paper increases, lines and shadings become
more difficult to erase. Just relax and take it for granted
your drawing will be completed without having to start over
However, I do suggest
drawing faces to a point that you are satisfied before moving
on to the rest of the body. Faces often require the most detail
that you don't want to put off until the last moment. If the
face does not turn out to your liking, better for this to
happen before too much time and effort is invested.
Make sure your sketch
paper is clean of debris. Spray the finished artwork with
a few light coats of Krylon Workable Fixatif to prevent future
smudgings or deteriorations. This product will prevent you
from erasing, yet allow you to make necessary additions.
If you have difficulty
obtaining this product, Krylon Crystal Clear Satin will suffice,
but should only be used when artwork is completely finished.
Once spray coated, you will NOT be able to make alterations.
With the above advice,
practice and patience - you'll be able to draw realistic female
bodies topless or completely undressed. The four example sketches
I provided would be more detailed had I done them on 11 X
14 inch or larger paper and would appear even more realistic
on your PC, smartphone or tablet.
Those examples were done
on 8.5 X 11 inch paper from a sketchbook I purchased at Wal-Mart
for less than $9. I used ordinary writing pencils manufactured
by The Write Dudes that cost 10 cents each. You do
not need fancy and expensive art supplies.
Many of my drawings are
done with the sketchbook in my lap as I sit next to my wife
on the sofa while the television is on.
Now, here are the most
important pieces of advice I can give you.
Sketch what you see with
your eyes. Avoid drawing what you think you should
be drawing. Do not improvise. Rely on the exact details in
your photo rather than vague notions in your mind. This is
the difference between drawing the unique female model in
a photo and generic looking ladies that usually result from
most gimmicky step by step tutorials.
You will be staring at
your reference photo for hours, then looking at your finished
artwork for a lifetime. So draw what is pleasing to your eyes
by sketching subjects that you enjoy looking at. Little petite
ladies, full figured girls, flat chested, larged breasted,
blondes, brunettes, redheads - whatever you like.
Do not draw females of
different races, shapes and ages for the sake of political
correctness or out of fear of being perceived as shallow or
perverted. Bending to the expectations of others is being
shallow. If your model preference is college age girls in
their late teens to early twenties, then draw them. Drawing
a 1:1 likeness of a human body at any age to the best of your
ability is not perverted.
Being sexually attracted
to young ladies because they look underage IS perverted. If
you find yourself enamored with models sporting braces and
pigtails or frequently visit websites that market young ladies
as teenies, then you should seriously consider having
a psychological intervention.
Do not concern yourself
with trying to create photorealistic drawings, which
are usually done on oversized canvasses. You may have stumbled
upon these while browsing Tumblr blogs or Pinterest boards.
Such optical illusions usually require anywhere from 10 to
50 hours of labor, some of which are even painstakingly plotted
out on graph paper to ensure that every detail is to scale.
If your intent is to
create lifelike images, it would be easier to become a photographer.
If you enjoy creating drawings that actually look somewhat
realistic in under 5 hours, you have a healthy hobby. Should
any of those drawings turn out to be photorealistic, I would
then consider you to be a talented artist.
The above is all you
really need to know about drawing. Attending art classes,
sketching life drawing models live in person or anatomy
studies are not necessary. Anyone can draw. The key to successful
drawing is simply knowing what to avoid doing while you are
And if you are like me
and find traditional academic style poses boring, then check
out the female model photography sites and sample galleries
listed on this page. I try to recommend sites that are female
friendly and respectful of women. All the girls modeling on
these sites are ages 18+ and of legal age to be posing without
their clothes on, with documentation to prove it.
As you can see from my
recommendations, I have little interest in drawing so called
sexy glamour models with fake boobs who are painted
with enough cosmetics to fill a pharmacy shelf. I am more
interested in drawing a wide variety of natural bodies with
real feminine figures, which are seldom found on the typical
adult blog or teen babe TGP ( thumbnail Gallery
If I could only recommend
one artistic nude photography site to subscribe to, it would
Below are some handpicked
photos you could print out and practice drawing with.