Fat Ref 1 - Style & Shape by Samael

Fat Ref 1 - Style & Shape


12 November 2016 at 16:14:57 MST


As part of the process of making life easier for my commissioners and myself, I figured I'd make some ref sheets for the kind of things I end up drawing the most of. Nobody wants to go into a commission with an idea in mind they can't quite articulate and then find the artist got the wrong idea from what was said. Its also frustrating always having to look for a reference of the size that you have in mind in this zone of work every other time you want to get something. The artist might also do a completely different form of it from what you expected.

These are presented to make matters easier for you guys when you commission me but feel free to use them when getting art from other folks or purely as a study aid if you fancy. This is not the be-all-end-all of this kind of thing, either, obviously and its not nearly as definitive as I should like it to be. Feel free to add suggestions for things I've missed for future updates for it - once you've seen all of them, in case I have already added it.

The Style and Shape sheet is to indicate the baseline of the character.

The Style section is intended to get you a specific look to the shapes I draw. Some people want something that has more sag and rolls, some people want round and full and some want perfectly smooth and shapely.

Where possible, the commissioner is free to mix and match - a character could be Tuff Fluff with Lumps & Bumps.

  • Pudgey is intended to de-emphasise the weight but still make it present. This is just included for situations where no particular size if specified but the person doesn't want me to go nuts or anything.
  • Doughy is a general purpose soft figure intended to balance roundness against a sense of mass.
  • Flabby is intended to be suggestive of mass above all else, giving as much sag and weight to the fat as possible.
  • Lumps & Bumps is intended to present a canvas for stretchmarks, cellulite and other secondary indicators of fat - less of a sense of weight and more of a sense of texture.
  • Overstuffed is intended as a balance of weight against, effectively, inflation - the character is fat but full in a way where the fat is present but does not overshadow the fullness of the character.
  • Thick is intended to present a fullly formed and shapely figure - the character has mass but not as much of a suggestion of weight. They are big without sagging.
  • Tuff Fluff is intended to present a character who is fat and strong, where weight and muscles compliment each other.

The Shape section is entirely about the general proportion of a character.

Where possible, the commissioner is free to mix and match - a character could potentially have a Pyramid-Caravan shape.

Though Sam maintains a generally tubby baseline in all images, a commissioner is entirely free to ask for a character to ONLY exhibit weight in the designated areas. If this is the case, please note the Shape type with "Extreme" - for instance a character with an "Extreme Pyramid" build would ONLY have substantial weight on their hips and thighs.

  • Generalist is intended to spread weight as naturally evenly as possible, primarily to the hips and belly.
  • Apple is intended to emphasise the abdomen but also the torso to a lesser extent - belly and chest.
  • Pear is intended to place the emphasis primarily on the hips, thighs and butt.
  • Hourglass is intended to place equal emphasis on hips and chest. On traditionally masculine figures, this means large moobs.
  • Box is intended to take Generalist a step further - weight is spread more or less equally through all body areas, including those that would normally only carry significant weight at greater sizes.
  • Wyrd is intended as a catch-all term for any unusual proportions. For instance, a character who has only a fat head or a character whose limbs are extremely fat but their body is not. Specifics will be required.
  • Pyramid is intended to showcase extremely large legs - moreso than Pear shape. The butt is not emphasized typically, however.
  • Caravan is intended to present a character with an extremely large posterior. If they have a tail, it may or may not be emphasized, depending on the commissioner.
  • Stacked is intended to present a character with an extremely emphasized chest, regardless of gender.
  • Orb is intended to be Orb. In all seriousness, the proportions are intended to be practically spherical, with de-emphasized limbs, with an overall body shape more in keeping with inflation.
  • The Infinite is intended to present a body shape for larger sizes that emphasizes a character as being lost or trapped within their own body, effectively (but not always) helpeless. In contrast with Hourglass which is top and bottom heavy, this is front and back heavy, putting the emphasis on belly and butt.

These are some minor options that are common to many weight-centric pictures.
A commissioner is, obviously, free to have none of any of these.

  • Sweat is intended to show exertion and sweat of the character in question. A little sweat might show rosy cheeks and slight hints of perspiration around the face. A lot of sweat would have the character sweating all over their body and soaking through clothes, if worn.
  • Food is intended to show elements of gluttony - it doesn't mean the character is holding food but hasn't cleaned up after themselves. A little might be a smear of something around the mouth, sauce on their fingers or crumbs on their clothes. A lot means that food mess has stacked up - a combination of some or all of the above combined with half-finished or forgotten food on their person.
  • Marks is intended to show elements of the Lumps and Bumps Style of body type to some extent - primarily cellulite, stretch marks and water retention. A little is apt to only show hints of this - a few dotted lines on the hips or thigh or faint pinkish stretch marks on the tummy. A lot is apt to have cellulite on everywhere that fat hangs particularly, with stretchmarks zig-zagging up and down the tummy and possibly in other areas of weight gain.

These are to denote how much (or how little) fat the face has - some folks will want the face entirely devoid of it whilst others may want it to be completely lost in fat.

  • Skimmed is intended to show the face without any significant fat - at very most the face will have round cheeks.
  • Semi-Skimmed is intended to show the face fat but emphasise the roundness of it - any additional chins are added only as a hint between the lower lip and end of the sweeping cheeks.
  • Half & Half is intended to show the face fat as sagging, giving weight to additional chins but not allowing them to dominate.
  • Full Cream is intended to emphasise the number and size of spare chins by making them into distinct zones or collars.
  • Solid Fat is intended to show a face completely swamped in fat, to the point that any expression is barely visible if the facial features can be seen at all.

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    This is a really excellent ref and I love the names you used, they're really memorable c:

    that said, I can't stop laughing at "orb: orb. orb heavy"

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    This is really heckin' good!

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    I really like these size/scale pages yiu've been doin kately. Some amazing examples here fyi.

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    What an in depth and useful sheet! And I love the snarky commentary on it.

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    This is such an awesome idea of these refs! I bet you're working on inflation later

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      I'm hoping to, though I've less experience with it so that one might be a while in coming.