How to Draw Female Superheros

“How To Draw: Heroic Anatomy” is the first book of the Wizard How To Draw series on drawing superheroes. Following are some snippets from the section on drawing female superheros.

As everything, it starts with the basics, i.e. proportions. Notice how she stands with her hips cocked a little and the leg thrust forward?
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Also notice in the direct torso comparison below, how the male one is ramrod straight, but she curves and leans just a little bit in the same pose? You should also compare the Superheroic proportions to the manga female styles.
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Now on to the chapter “Sultry Women”. Even though they caution you against overposing your characters, they fall into that trap themselves in many of their examples!
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Next, Michael Turner explains “Sex Appeal” (or what he thinks sex appeal is.) Incidentally it also illustrates the meaning of “overposed” that was brought up in the previous chapter very effectively…
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The chapter on “Realistic Women” explains the good and bad points of over-exagerating the female form…
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For the male superhero it is all about more or less ridiculously enlarged muscles. Female superheroes don’t have it that easy, they need to worry about tilting their shoulder, nipple and pubic lines attractively at all times, not to mention legs, breast size, eye make-up and hair.
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The following related articles show different styles for comparison.

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