Breast and nipple placement in relation to body position.

Correct positioning of the breast and nipples when drawing breasts.

The following series of sketch's show how the breasts hang naturally from the body when the subject is leaning. It is important to remember that the breasts are mainly made up of fatty tissue and mammary glands and so will move freely with the body and change shape under their own weight.

Crawling nude

In this first sketch you can see how the breasts hang down and slightly out under their own weight. This will also effect how the nipples will look on the breast so be sure to place them in the correct position to make the breasts convincing.


Drawing the Female Nude (Art of Drawing) Paperback – 29 Aug 2017
by Giovanni CivaDrawing the Female Nude (Art of Drawing) Paperback – 29 Aug 2017 by Giovanni Civardi

Breasts. Nude on knees leaning forward Breasts. Nude on knees

In the sketch's above you can see that the more the body bends forwards the more the breasts begin to elongate and hang out from the body. The nipples begin to point down as the weight of the breast shifts further forward.

Breasts. Nude laying on back, top view Drawing the Male Nude (Art of Drawing) Paperback – 29 Aug 2017
by Giovanni Civardi (Author)Drawing the Male Nude (Art of Drawing) Paperback – 29 Aug 2017 by Giovanni Civardi (Author) Breasts. Nude laying on back, side view

In the next two sketch's the subject is lying on her back. Notice how her breasts are lying naturally on her  chest. Note also how both breasts have flattened slightly onto the subjects body and how the arms effect the position of both breasts. Again you can see that the nipples have altered their position slightly on the breast.

rear view standing nude showing her breasts In this rear view sketch of a standing nude you can see how the body position effects the way that the breast hangs from the body, notice how the weight of the breast pulls it down and away from the body.Nude bent over from behind In these rear view sketch's of a kneeling nude and nude bending over you can see that the breast's hang naturally from the body under their own weight. Notice the change in shape that occurs naturally as the breast hangs under its own weight. This is due to the elasticity of the skin and connective tissue which stretch's under the weight of the breast's as the bulk of the breast fat falls to it's lowest point.