How to Draw an Indian Woman

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How to Draw an Indian Woman
Saris are traditional Indian dress that can be captured in drawings. (Yamini Chao/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Drawing people from different cultures is a creative art exercise. While the essential form of the human figure will be the same, the dress and details of hair, skin tone and accessories will indicate the nationality you are drawing. Indian women are unique in their styles of dress and carriage, which you will want to authentically capture in your artwork. Looking at pictures to familiarise yourself with the particular style of dress is a good start for a successful drawing.

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Things you need

  • Drawing materials (paper, colour pencils)
  • Photograph of an Indian woman

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  1. 1

    Draw the basic outline of a female figure. Add details of features with light, small strokes to be filled in with colour later.

  2. 2

    Draw the draped material of a sari on the figure's body. Refer to a picture to get the details right. Use long and smooth pencil strokes to capture the flowing pattern of the sari.

  3. 3

    Fill in the sketch with colour. Colour the sari and the woman's skin, features and hair. Draw accessories such as bangles on her wrists for a traditional Indian look. Use different shades of the same colour to accentuate the drapes of the sari.

Tips and warnings

  • Compare different dress styles to determine which one would be easiest to draw.
  • Use strong colours to make your drawing look more striking.
  • Include detail such as jewellery, which traditional Indian women wear to show their status.

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