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Drawing breasts.

How to draw the female breasts.

The female breasts vary so much in shape and size that I believe that there is no hard and fast rule on how they should look in your picture. Try to always draw your breasts so that they look natural, See Natural breasts as unnatural looking breasts will more often than not ruin the overall look of your subject. I'm sure when we all first started attempting to draw our first nude we stuck two circles at the top of our females chest, stuck a small circle in the middle for the nipple area and said, right that's the breasts. In these tutorials we will look more closely at the breasts and learn to understand their many varying shapes and sizes and how to draw them. Below are two examples, example two being the more feminine interpretation of the breast with the nipple positioned more realistically as due to gravity they tend to point down and slightly out.

Breasts front

The key again to getting this right is first to decide how you want them to look on the body, the size, be it large or small, and then of course practice their shape and overall appearance constantly until you are happy with the finished look. (See Breast size)
I tried to always imagine roughly a right angle when positioning the breasts. It is really in the minds eye how they appear on your female, just try to make them look believable. If they work for you then chances are they will work for everyone else.

Obviously you won't always be drawing your female front on so below are some more examples of the more realistic positioning of the breast in relation to the rest of the body. The breast is connected to muscle so when the arms or body move the breast moves accordingly, so try to allow for the movement when drawing them. For example when the arms are raised the breast will lift slightly. I practised these for ages so don't be put off.

Breasts, Shoulders back
Here are two front views showing the body straight and slightly twisted. In these views the shoulders are back lifting the breasts slightly up.

Breasts side view
Here is a side view showing the body straight and slightly twisted. Again you can see how the breast sits over the rib cage and how it is again slightly raised.

Uplifted breasts, Arms raised
This view shows the arms raised viewed from the front and rear. Notice in the first view how the breast points not only up but also slightly out. This is due to the muscles in the chest.

Again when shaping the breast In profile, or if my female is slightly twisting I imagine a right angle where I want to position the breast and then add the shape of the breast. I make sure the top line is longer than the bottom and curve both lines to form the shape. It is important that you make the top line longer or your breast may look out of proportion. Obviously if the pose needs this to be different then again use your eyes to decide what looks best. (See Breast position)

Breast position

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