Everyday Sexism: How To Draw The Celebrity Female Figure
WOMEN. You bodies are shapes. Not shapeley. Just shapes.
In “Hourglass figure is a thing of the past… we’ve all gone square”, the Sun produces its guide to celebrity womanhood.
Kelly Brook is an ‘8’, Beyonce is a Russian Doll, Nicki Minaj is the inverted keyhole, Angelina Jolie is missing her matching tinfoil hat but at least Miley Cyrus is a conformist, the perfect rectangle with a tongue. Adele is a Weeble:
Today’s woman have it tough decideing which figure to opt for. So, too, do budding artists. Having learned How To Draw a Female in Proportion, they must start anew.
This image comes from Adolphe Armand Braun’s Hieroglyphic or Greek Method of Life Drawing, published in 1916.
Things have changed. But might it be for the better?
Kirk Bjorndahl had other ideas:
Here’s another lesson:
The overall height is measured in 8 Head Units, but because the female head is proportionately smaller, the figure will be smaller.
The body width = 2 heads wide
Waist = 1 head wide
Buttocks = 1 1/2 heads wide
Width of calf muscles together at mid-point = 1 head wide
Bottom of the knees = 2 heads from ground level
For the past ten plus years the ideal woman consists of a huge head bobbling atop a stick figure body with pumpkins-sized bosoms. Lips are as pneumatic and as protruding as a duck bill. The nose is carved into an afterthought. Skin is varnished. Teeth are a of a whiteness the KKK think a bit showy. Hair has been removed and then stuck on again.
The shape is changing. But what will it settle upon? A thousand Hollywood surgeons are debating the issue right now…