How to Create Your Own Fashion Figure Templates


Not every fashion figure needs to be tall and skinny. What about figures that look more like real women?

I keep getting requests for customized fashion figure templates: heads, men, different body types, etc. I would love to provide those kinds of templates, but there’s a problem.  I don’t have the time.  Between my day job and other committments, I just haven’t had the time to give this site the attention it (and you!) deserve.  So let me show you how I’ve been creating the templates on this site.  With a bit of practice, you’ll be able to use it to create your own templates.

The software use is called Daz Studio.  It is free, and you can find it here:

When you download Daz Studio, you’ll get some content (ie, the 3D models) for free.  But Daz basically gives away the software so they can sell you the models.  The model I used for many of my figures is called “Victoria 5.”  Here’s a link:  However, since I started working on these models, Daz has a new version called Victoria 6.  You can find that model here.

Now, the basic Victoria figure is not going to look like a 9 head fashion model.  It will look more like a real woman.  Not that that’s a bad thing, but it’s not quite what we are looking for.  So you’ll need to download (buy) a set of  ”morphs” that will let you change the shape of the figure, including the length of her legs.  Here are the ones I use:

And finally, you can easily pose the figure yourself, but it’s a lot faster to simply buy some premade poses and use those.  Of course, you can modify the poses as well to suit your specific needs.  There are a ton of them out there, but these two should get you started.

Using Daz Studio takes some effort, but I think you’ll find it worth it.  Imagine being able to create fashion figure templates to suit any body type.  With a bit of work, you’ll be able to do it!



Two examples based on fashion figure templates

Here are a couple of example images based on my fashion figure templates.  I am posting these to show how the template itself is really just a jumping-off point.  A template will show you where the model’s body parts are, but it’s up to you to add your own creativity and design acumen.  Nonetheless, having a decent template will get you off to a good start.

Oh, but before we get to the images, I just want to give a shout-out to Inclusion Magazine, which showcases real people and real fashion.  I received a nice note from them, so you should definitely go check it out.

OK, here are a couple of sketches which utilize my templates.

Fashion Figures to Trace in 3D

On this site, I provide fashion figures to trace.   By  providing template sketches, I hope to make things a bit easier for anyone interesting in drawing fashion.  And I have been creating those figures, I have been experimenting with different techniques.  I have been working in a variety of methods and styles, trying to find something that provides the best template for you to utilize in your own fashion drawings.

I am excited to share something new with you today: fashion templates created using 3D modeling software.  I’ve shaped these models myself, developing them along the lines of the typical 9 head croquis typically used in fashion illustration.

The cool thing about these images is that they are fully shaded – in other words, if you are looking to draw some clothing on them, you’ll know which way the light is falling and can shade your own designs accordingly.  If that’s your style.  Of course, if you prefer to just use these as fashion figures to trace, simply utilizing them as a reference, that’s fine too.

I have uploaded some 3D images to the gallery for you to utilize.  Feel free to download them and use them as a basis for your own artwork.

3D Fashion Figures to Trace

I don’t know about you, but I think these are pretty cool, and useful.  A lot of the fashion templates that are available online or in books are kind of flat – they dont give you an impression of the shape of the figure, the volume, or the way light would fall on it.  By utilizing 3D graphics software, I am able to create those shapes and volume, and pose the model in a way that is both fashionable, and realistic.  Well, as realistic as a fashion illustration can get, anyway.

Another nice thing is the detail on the template  - you really get a sense for where the bones and muscles are, as well as the features of the face.

You don’t have to use all of that detail of course.  If you just want to get a sense for the shapes and proportions, and you’d prefer to just use these as fashion figures to trace, they will work for that.  But if you are looking to do something that involves painting or creating a sense of volume in your illustrations, these should be perfect.

So, whether  you are looking for fashion figures to trace, copy, or draw over, I hope you find these useful!

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