How to Draw a Female Mannequin

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How to Draw a Female Mannequin
Using a mini-dummy as your guide, you can draw a female mannequin (a mannequin with long red hair and red dress in outdoor setting image by David Smith from

With some brief studying and sketching of an artist's wooden 12-inch dummy as a guide, you can draw a female mannequin. After completing an outline, you could fill in more details and shape to distinguish that your mannequin and give it a definite feminine look.

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Things you need

  • 12-inch wooden dummy
  • Sketch pad
  • Pencil and eraser

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  1. 1

    Study a 12-inch wooden dummy and make a sketch of it on a clean piece of paper with a No. 2 pencil. The head should be a perfect oval, and the arms should be bent at its sides.

  2. 2

    Add curves to the mannequin drawing, including breasts and hips to give it a distinctive female look. Make sure to draw the legs long.

  3. 3

    Add finishing touches to your drawing at the end, such as hair or wig, and don't give the facial features any particular expression, as mannequins tend to lack that.

Tips and warnings

  • Since you are using a 12-inch wooden dummy as a guide, please note that you can pose the dummy in any way you like. You can draw your mannequin with any pose as well, although mannequins usually have bent arms.
  • Avoid adding lifelike details to your drawing, since mannequins are not meant to look like real human women. This means no beauty marks, blemishes, nipples, fancy long nails and other lifelike details.

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