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Are Women Or Men Easier To Draw? (Differences And Tips)

Do you ever find yourself wondering which gender is easier to draw?

We’ll cover that here, including the factors that make one gender easier to draw than the other.

Gender representation is tough to draw correctly!

In general, drawing women will be easier to draw than men if you’re used to drawing women. Drawing men will be easier to draw if you tend to draw many men.

This is very obvious, of course, so let’s dive into the details of what makes a gender easier to draw!

What Makes A Gender Easier To Draw?

When it comes to drawing different genders, several factors come into play.

Understanding proportions is key in accurately representing body shapes.

different body types drawn on top of references

The body shapes themselves will be different depending on the gender or body type as well!

So if you like to draw blockier, more masculine shapes, you’ll find men easier to draw.

If you prefer to draw elegant and smooth feminine shapes, you’ll find women easier to draw.

Another factor to consider is that some gender-specific clothing styles will help you distinguish one gender from the other.

So, drawing men tends to be easier since their clothing is usually less intricate.

While drawing women is harder if you’re planning on drawing dresses and other more intricate clothing and accessories!

Men Are Harder To Draw If…

Drawing men is harder if you struggle with capturing the muscular definition and conveying a sense of strength and power in their poses.

To successfully depict a more masculine, bulkier character, you must pay attention to the following aspects:

  1. Capturing masculinity: Men’s facial features often have more angularity and less variation compared to women. Pay attention to jawlines, brow ridges, and cheekbones to emphasize their masculinity.
  2. Conveying strength: Men’s poses normally exude confidence and power. Focus on depicting strong and dynamic body language, with attention to the positioning of limbs and the overall posture. This doesn’t mean that you can’t draw them in less confident poses, we’re just talking about the “general masculine man” here.

Additionally, creating believable hairstyles and avoiding oversimplification are key in accurately representing men.

photo of a man sitting on a wall

Keep in mind that nowadays men and women use all sorts of hairstyles, clothing, poses, and so on.

So this is just an oversimplification of the different genders.

Women Are Harder To Draw If…

Drawing women can be more challenging if you struggle with capturing the softness and variation of facial features.

  1. Women often have more delicate and nuanced facial features, such as softer eyes, smaller noses, and fuller lips. These subtle differences require a keen eye for detail and precision to accurately depict them.
  2. Women’s body proportions can be more complex, with curves and contours that must be carefully observed and rendered.
  3. Clothing styles also play a significant role, as women’s fashion tends to be more detailed and intricate, requiring a deeper understanding of fabric draping and texture.

Cultural influences further add to the complexity, as different societies have varying ideals of beauty and femininity.

woman sitting on a chair

Drawing women requires heightened attention to detail and an understanding of body proportions, clothing styles, and cultural influences.

Common Mistakes When Drawing Women and Men

To avoid common mistakes when drawing women and men, make sure to pay attention to the proportions and details of both when drawing them. 

When it comes to drawing women, some common mistakes include:

  • Overemphasizing certain body parts and creating unrealistic proportions. It’s important to balance curves and create natural-looking body shapes.
  • Capturing femininity and grace in poses and body language can also be challenging.

On the other hand, common mistakes when drawing men include:

  • Overemphasizing muscularity and creating unrealistic body proportions.
  • It can be difficult to capture masculinity and strength in poses and body language without making the figure look stiff.
  • Balancing muscular definition without sacrificing fluidity is also a challenge.

So always keep these mistakes in mind when drawing the body of the figure!


In conclusion, drawing men and women can present their own unique challenges for artists.

While some may find one gender easier to draw based on factors such as symmetrical features or familiarity, it ultimately comes down to individual skill and practice.

So if you really enjoy drawing a specific gender, just keep going.

But I advise you to also try out drawing a gender that you’re not used to to push your limits and get out of your comfort zone.

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Patricia Caldeira is the main writer here at Don Corgi. She's an art teacher with over 20.000 happy students across many platforms and courses!

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Keep on drawing!

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