boo fat

fat bodies tutorial!

ALRIGHT SO my pal @kalreyno wanted help with drawing fat characters and as a fat artist i felt like i could give a bit of helpful insight on that. there’s also been a lot of complaining about “boo hoo fat characters are hard to draw so i can’t include them in my work Ever” goin on lately so if that’s your case then this is for you too!! and also just for anyone who would like help with fat bodies in general, ofc. anyway, let’s get this show on the road!!

let’s start with some common misconceptions. these are the two main attempts at chubby bodies i run into, so i’ll focus on them. 

the Anime Chubby i see everywhere, and it’s just……so wrong in many ways. first of all, there is almost no additional body fat compared to your average thin character - except for where it’s added in “attractive” places (breasts, hips, thighs). the breasts are way too perky, and don’t have the realistic shape fat would give them (though how to draw accurate breasts is another tutorial all on its own lmao). there is still a thigh gap, which usually only happens in very thin people, and bones are still visible on the surface of the skin, which also rarely happens in fat people.

the Michelin Man is better in some ways, but still not that great. it’s a slightly better attempt, but basically all that’s done there is taking a thin character and blowing them up, while giving no thought to fat distribution. the thigh gap is usually still present, and they look a lot more hard than soft - and fat is very soft and pliable.

here’s a chart on how fat usually distributes (if you can’t read my messy writing, “1. next to no fat, 2. moderate amount, 3. most of the fat distribution”). basically, the more muscle an area has, the more prone it is to develop fat, such as the abdomen, thighs, and upper arms. it’s important to note that fat sits on top of muscle, and that it does distribute in different levels, and not evenly across the body as shown in the Michelin Man. 

now, here’s an accurate fat body with all of that kept in mind!! notice how the fat isn’t only kept to aesthetically pleasing areas, and how it sits realistically on the character’s body. their breasts sag a lot more, which happens even in thin people with larger breasts, and the nipples are pointing more downwards than straight out. there is no thigh gap in sight, there are no bones in sight, and most importantly, they have fat rolls, which are very important in drawing a convincing fat character!! as far as i know i’ve never met a single person with no rolls at all, and everyone has them, whether thin or fat - they’re just more prominent and more consistently present in fat people. pay close attention to where they are and how they’re shaped.

here are a couple of drawings showing how fat is affected when sitting vs stretching. as seen in the first, the fat specifically on the stomach is distributed a lot more evenly and stretched out, so it becomes “flatter”. the love handles are still pretty visible, though, as well as the fat on the thighs and arms. the breasts are raised with the shoulders, and the fat on the shoulders and near the neck forms rolls as it’s being pushed together. 

in the second, there is a lot less room for distribution, so the fat is all pushed together. the breasts sag and the stomach forms rolls and spills into the lap. a good analogy for the way fat works is to liken it to a water balloon, and thinking of how its shape would change when resting flat on a surface, hanging off of a ledge, held upright, etc.

here are a few extra tips i find a lot of people miss!

first on the top is the hip/pubic region. the first circle is showing the way the bellybutton is folded in fat people, as opposed to stretched out in thinner people. the second is the stomach fat spilling over onto the pubic region and creating a separation in the two areas, which is something that’s missing in a lot of art. in addition, the pubic mound also gains fat, making it round as seen in the profile drawing i did up there (i’ve heard people refer to it as fupa?). the last in the hip region is the lack of a thigh gap. i can’t stress this enough!!!! if you’re trying to draw a convincing fat character, make sure their thighs are pretty much always touching!! for reference, mine literally don’t separate until my feet are about 2ft from each other.

the bottom right is showing the double chin, which a lot of people are afraid to draw!! fat does distribute itself here too, and there’s nothing wrong with it, so don’t feel like you shouldn’t give fat characters a double chin in your work for fear of it looking like a caricature.

in the bottom middle, it’s showing how fat affects different types of breasts with the presence of more or less breast tissue. 

lastly, at the very right are stretch marks with their usual locations and directions, which i also can’t stress enough!!!!! i sometimes forget to add them honestly, but they’re so important in accurately portraying fat characters, as they literally come from the skin being stretched from fat being gained (and they’re also just rlly neat lookin like why wouldn’t you lmao). some people have less and some people have more, feel free to experiment with them!

the last thing is body types!! there isn’t one single way for a person to be fat, so feel free to experiment with shapes once you’ve learned the basics!! 

so there you have it, a tutorial on how to draw chubs!! now go forth and make some accurate fanart or some rad fat characters, because the world could always use more of both. hmu if you have any questions or concerns, and thanks for reading!!

EDIT: someone pointed out the bad wording in the tutorial. thank you for bringing it to my attention and sorry for offending anybody. i’ve updated the tut, so please reblog this one!

the signs as the get down
  • Aries: Shaolin Fantastic
  • Taurus: Mylene Cruz
  • Gemini: Regina
  • Cancer: Cadillac
  • Leo: Yolanda Kipling
  • Virgo: Fat Annie
  • Libra: Ra Ra Kipling
  • Scorpio: Zeke Figuero
  • Sagittarius: Papa Fuerte
  • Capricorn: Boo Boo Kipling
  • Aquarius: Grandmaster Flash
  • Pisces: Dizzee Kipling

Portland is doing that funny thing where the weather is amazing for like 10 days and then it’s all chilly, overcast and basically perfect to whip out the velvet leggings from @chubbycartwheels 💕💕💕💕

This is a post for all my big belly boos & not acceptably fat bodied babes!

Also bless Wylie for trying really hard to take cute AF photos of me!


Shirt - Ross 3x
Camisole - Maurice’s 3x
Leggings - Chubby Cartwheels 3x
Boots - Payless ShoeSource (up to size 13)
Scarf - Ross
Glasses - Zenni Optical

anonymous asked:

Here's some hate mail in the form of a song / someone needs to list all the ways you act wrong / that you're out of shape, you've already heard / but I may as well repeat the words / but more egregious than that is who you follow / and the self pity in which you wallow / worst of all is the Cancer Crew / and how much they clearly mean to you / they're racist and awful, unpleasant and mean / almost all of what they say is obscene!

I love how people don’t have anything to attack me with, so they decide to use the “boo you’re fat” argument

btw I love the song 10/10

Originally posted by yourreactiongifs

ok ok ok ok ok ok so ok… sok ok so i want there to be a mom ent. a very specific moment. you know the part of the movie where tadashi guilt trips hiro like oh what would mom and dad say and hiro is like uh idk cause i was like 3 when they died…FREEZE FRAME that moment real fast ok.

ok ok ok ok NOW. now imagine younger them when both of their parents first die.. right before they both are taken in by aunt cass who does hiro have?? only TADASHI,. but also who does tadashi have?? ONLY HIRO.. except hiro at 3 isnt really ‘there for him’ ya knoW?? at this point hiro mostly needs to be distracted in order for it to be a distraction for tadashi.. NOT SAYING HIRO IS A BURDEN but he aint much of a help at 3??? A NY WAY anyway anyway

SO tadashi always had to be strong for his brother you know?? cause a baby would get scared and start crying if you started crying so did tadashi ever realyl have a moment to really be upset about his parents?? did he really get a proper private mourning?? i imagine him and hiro literally did everything together maybe not to an unhealthy codependence point but enough where they became a bit clingy because hey they already lost a lot better hold on right?? A NYWAY but beyond that tadashi probably sort of maybe forgot about it?? like not their death or anything but got past it enough where he didnt need to dwell and it didnt feel all that bad because now he has so many distractions like work and friends and a little brother and school and blah blah

bUT LIKE COME BACK TO THAT FREEZE FRAME MOMENT OK. BRING IT BACK UP HERE. what if there ar emoments like that where it is suddenly impossibly hard to forget that it happened and there are no real distractions ya know???? NOW TAKE THAT MOMENT THERE AND INSERT THE MOMENT I WANT TO HAPPEN HERE—->

i want tadashi to cry. big fat baby tears. i want him to try and push it off and take hiro to SFIT and encourage him because hey thats what tadashi knows best to do and then i want them to come back and rtight when they go to bed and tadashi thinks hiro is asleep i want him to cry to himself like the little boy who never got to cry about his parents death. i want him to be sO WEAK in that moment that he doesnt even notice hiro crawl into bed with him and give him a big ol hug and whisper that he is sorry he said that about mom and dad and that everything will be ok and that they would be so proud of him

I YEARN FOR VULNERABLE MOMENTS