how to draw a figurine 1: straight pose


I got some questions about my drawings and figurines, so I tried to do a step by step today. I mostly use figurines from books or figurines I drew some years ago, so I dont know when I did draw figurines last. So it isnt perfect, but perfect is boring;). I will get better when showing you different poses. ๐Ÿ˜‰ So you can watch my progress.


DSCF4453DSCF4454start with a paper in a size your comfortable working with draw a line in the middle and divide it in 8 strips in the same width.DSCF4455ย put that paper under another, so you can see the lines throughDSCF4464ย DSCF4465draw the head in the first strip, the shoulders are right above line 2, waist and elbows on line 3, hip joints just above line 4 and wrists just below, knees above line 6, and ankles in the middle of the 8th strip.

DSCF4466 DSCF4467ย now connect those points, to make it into a body

DSCF4468DSCF4470ย the draw lines around the contours of the body, well it is not perfect as said on top, but it will work. And dont give up, here is what my first try today looked compared:


on thursday I’ll show you how to draw a simple dress on her. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Another pose coming next tuesday;)

I hope that was helpful for you guys, let me know how it works for you.

keep sewing and smiling

your TailorFairy


  1. Nice and easy steps! I’d better return to my drawings soon before I lose the knack for proportions. These are always good to go back to.

  2. I remember the “8 heads” from art class! very useful post, thanks for sharing! I’m starting to make clothes for myself, and well… haven’t got my measurements right (not a problem with the 8 heads though…)

      • I’m in between sizes 12 (for bust and hips) and 14 (waist – yep that post-partum-but-it-s-the-choc-biscuits-really belly) and chose the biggest to be on the safe side… I was silly because the dress-tunic I made was only narrow fit at the bust. I took it in, now I only need to redo the sleeves… I’ll blog about it soon!:-)

  3. Thank you so much. I’m doing a certificate of fashion design and dress making at the moment. The figures to sketch on are supplied, but they’re pretty wooden and difficult to work with!

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