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This is the second in our series of Diversity challenges. The goal here is to break out of defaulting to the 'ideal' body type when drawing, by focusing on those who are normally left out of common portrayals. (eg. fat/disfigured/gender non-conforming people/etc.).

Drawesome Challenge 15 - Body Type Diversity

Challenge #15: Body Type Diversity

Create a drawing featuring someone of a different body type or size than the 'ideal' that is usually seen in media.

You can challenge yourself to draw a human/humanoid body type that's completely different to your own, or a body type that you identify with but rarely see in media, or even one that you've never attempted before. The comment section of this post may be used for discussion of the prompt (ie. ideas, suggestions, questions, etc.).

A round-up post for submissions to this challenge will be done on Saturday 7th April, 2018.

Happy Drawing, everyone! :)

Date: 2018-03-24 02:43 am (UTC)
mific: (Baffled donkey)
From: [personal profile] mific
Just to clarify - as some of us are into sci-fi fandoms, I assume we shouldn't include alien body-types! I'm assuming that, kind of like the last one, the point of this challenge is to celebrate human diversity and get us to draw people we might not usually depict?

Date: 2018-03-24 03:21 am (UTC)
mific: (Default)
From: [personal profile] mific

I’m fine with it being wider open, although that does make it very wide, like sandworms and crystal-beings and the alien from Alien and werewolves and merfolk, ooh, and the creature from Shape of Water. Lots of options, as well as good old humans!

Date: 2018-03-24 03:50 am (UTC)
syntheid: "Are you a boy or a girl?" "No, are you?" (genderfuckery)
From: [personal profile] syntheid
Well, the reason 'body diversity' as a movement exists in art is that there are people who get left out of common portrayals. Specifically they tend to be fat/disabled/disfigured/gender nonconforming people, and even fantasy creatures get exemplary physiques comparable to a fit human (e.g. the creature from Shape of Water). So these people end up rarely being able to see themselves portrayed in art/media as anything but monsters or jokes.

I don't think it's an issue to include fantasy creatures, but if the goal is to break out of what most people end up drawing a lot as 'default ideal' body (aka thin, fit/athletic, acceptably curvy for women), I'd encourage people to try to draw things like fat mermaids or creatures with facial disfigurements or non-binary creatures that aren't just androgynous by way of having a flat chest and feminine face.

But if it's just to draw something different than you usually do then I guess it doesn't matter? I don't know, personally when I see a prompt like this I'm definitely going for breaking my own default ideal mindset, but I'm not really sure what your intentions were with this.

(Fwiw, I think it could also be fun to do a separate 'creature design' prompt more about just pushing creative boundaries on weird creatures.)

Date: 2018-03-24 04:38 am (UTC)
syntheid: [Elementary] Watson drinking tea looking contemplative (Default)
From: [personal profile] syntheid
Maybe you could post your suggestion to the prompts list with any further details. :)

Done! I ... totally did not remember that post existed for some reason, ahah.

Date: 2018-03-31 04:53 am (UTC)
syntheid: [Elementary] Watson drinking tea looking contemplative (Default)
From: [personal profile] syntheid
I never responded to this, sorry, but it was definitely okay!

Date: 2018-03-24 08:04 am (UTC)
amberdreams: (Default)
From: [personal profile] amberdreams
Maybe this one could be human bodies and a celebration of our variety of forms, and then you could have another challenge to draw (or create!) something alien, because that would be fun too.

Date: 2018-03-24 12:01 pm (UTC)
amberdreams: (Default)
From: [personal profile] amberdreams
Right - so humanoid, not necessarily human. Cool!

Re: Examples of Different Body Types

Date: 2018-03-31 04:49 am (UTC)
syntheid: [Elementary] Watson drinking tea looking contemplative (Default)
From: [personal profile] syntheid

From this post on varying body types, which also shows some examples of how to vary bone structure.

More on how to use basic shapes to vary body type.

Also not directly related as a resource, but fyi #AdventureApril is happening right now with a bunch of prompts for character design which may help if you need some additional inspiration.
Edited (one more link.) Date: 2018-03-31 04:52 am (UTC)

Date: 2018-03-25 01:51 am (UTC)
minoanmiss: Girl holding a rainbow-colored oval, because one needs a rainbow icon (Rainbow)
From: [personal profile] minoanmiss
Oh this will be fun! *contemplates*

Date: 2018-03-28 07:25 am (UTC)
minoanmiss: sketch of two Minoan wome (Minoan Friends)
From: [personal profile] minoanmiss
Heh, I have never discarded so many tries before. I didn't realize how ingrained my mental templates are!

Date: 2018-03-27 10:51 am (UTC)
mekare: Firefly: Inara drinking tea, listening (Inara)
From: [personal profile] mekare
Hey thanks for the clarification on the prompt and the helpful examples!

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