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Guide to Human Types part 1 by Majnouna Guide to Human Types part 1 by Majnouna
Get all of my human anatomy tutorials in one convenient book or e-book!
Part 2: [link]
Part 3: [link]
Catalogue of human features: [link]
Full tutorial list: [link]

Please read the chart's introduction carefully before asking any questions. IMPORTANT: Mixed types (such as Filipinos) are not covered in these guides, SO DON'T ASK. The book version DOES include a discussion of the major mixed types, just to help you get on the right track. The book also has North Chinese as an extra type, and quite a few correction and extra details.

Sorry but I no longer take corrections on these tutorials so please don't bother. I can't accept any correction without cross-checking it with reliable sources, and as this was made in 2006, I no longer have the time or incentive to do that.

I get frequently asked for the sources I used to gather this research. The nature of the internet is such that every time I have looked up my sources list since I made this guide, 7+ years ago, some of them have disappeared from the 'net, until the list was reduced to a single still functioning link. So I had better explain how it came together. Obviously, there is no one book presenting all this info, or I wouldn't have had to make the guide in the first place. The research was based on hundreds of small sources both off and online (in some cases from direct observation and asking tribespeople how they could tell other tribes apart), most focusing on just one type, or the difference between two types, or even just the beauty standards in one culture or the average height of the inhabitants of a country in the past decade, making it quite useless to list them. Some books I found online, such as The Racial Elements of European History (Hans F. K. Gūnther) and The Races of Europe (Carleton Stevens Coon) provided a framework for more in-depth research and cross-checking, and there was a specialized anthropological forum, DODONA: Human Biodiversity Discussion Forum, now defunct, that contained treasures of articles and photos, as well as frightfully knowledgeable people to whom I could ask direct questions. Sorry therefore that I can't provide a bibliography; the last remaining link of my list that is still active is this one: [link] .
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If you've ever wondered how to draw people from all around the world, then =Cedarseed's tutorial Guide to Human Types part 1 will set you off to a great start. This is the first in an ongoing series to show you how to draw people of all different nationalities. Very well researched and presented, something you should definately not miss! ( Suggested by CathieHeart and Featured by bleedsopretty )
hentao Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014
Why are Filipinos considered of "mixed type" but not the other major Southeast Asian group? Some of them are at least as mixed as Filipinos. Out of all major groups of Southeast Asia, Filipinos retained the most "Austronesian" ancestry (ancestry that probably originated from the Taiwan aborigines). Filipinos are primarily Austronesian/Taiwanese aborigine with a small component of Chinese and Negrito (aboriginal Filipino).


Also, other Southeast Asian groups are mixed as well. Modern Thais are mixed with Lao, Khmer and Mon. Burmese assimilated the native Mons when they arrived. Vietnamese most likely assimilated some of the Chams and Khmers when they moved south. The same can be said towards the non-isolated groups from Malaysia and Indonesia who are primarily a mixture of "Austronesian" and "mainland Southeast Asian".

PS: I usually avoid posting in deviantart because this screen name really sucks badly but this is a rare case
AdorkablePeanut314 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Me: Yes! Finally! I can compare characteristics to improve my drawing skills!!
*Looks through drawings* Hey wait.... where are Filipinos?
*Keeps looking* Well... I guess I could always look at southeast Asian category...
*looks at description* ............ooooooooooooooooooooooh. :iconsweatdropplz:
I'm Filipino so I always have trouble when cartooning myself :XD: but this really helped, thanks!
ChibiChatter Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014
Is it just me who feels really uncomfortable with the racist undertones in this piece of work? Everyone seems to be going "oh, this is really helpful", but classifying races as if they're entirely different species is wrong. Saying "the people of this race all look like this and have hair colour that vary between these shades, and have a facial structure like this" doesn't seem okay on any level. I looked up some of your sources out of interest, and Hans F. K. Günther was a nazi with some really screwed-up ideas. In short, he was a racist bastard. Coon was no better, believing that races were actually different species and that the "white strain" was superior. The more I look into your sources, the more uncomfortable I feel about this work.
CatMint5 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014
This will be very useful. Thank you :)
MisseurEtoile Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014
The Coshu type of Japan is "Classic Mongoloid" (North Sinid) mixture of Jōmon (likely Paleo-Mongoloids) and Ainu.  Filipinos stem from Paleo-Mongoloids.  When you say the Japanese type coexists with the Mongoloid type, is it to say the "Japanese" type coexists with an unmixed Neo-Mongoloid type?
primavistax Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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HelpILostMyEraser Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is SUPER helpful, it's so hard to draw different ethnic groups and stay true to the realistic characteristics of them. And even more difficult to create unique characters with characteristics all their own and still stay true to their ethnic group. Thank you so much for this!!!
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Professional General Artist
You're very welcome :)
SharpPointyThings Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Student General Artist
This is so helpful, I am using it to help me draw illustrations for my friend Spanish project writing a Mexican folk tale. 
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