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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.

SOURCES:
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 )
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Mirage-Epoque Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for making this! :heart:
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lord125 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Beautiful!
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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rainbowarriorz Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015
also you're amazing for doing this in the first place! greatest reference when drawing people of different ethnicities, literal life saver :)
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Professional General Artist
Cheers :D
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rainbowarriorz Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015
What about desi ethnicities? Or am I missing this? I need to see the avg. indian male body type :(
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Professional General Artist
You're in the wrong guide. See part 2 for Caucasian types.
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Zipotron Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015
Many Thanks! That will help me a lot!
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  Professional General Artist
Cool!
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Navijunior Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015
Thank you! I've been looking for a good reference to drawing people! YOU HAVE MADE MY DREAMS COME TRUE.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  Professional General Artist
Awesome :)
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Navijunior Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015
Indeed :nod:
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elyssabug Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015
Soooo helpful!
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Professional General Artist
Cool :)
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UltimateChimeraBlood Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
FINALLY! Glad to see someone made this at last. Thank you!
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Professional General Artist
Welcome!
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LizzysMind Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Raseism made easey Problem?

JK. This is very great!:love: 
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Professional General Artist
^^'
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Lilibodett Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really helpful! 
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Professional General Artist
Good to hear :)
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Marchjn Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014
This is really awesome, except I wish you could add beard type to the East-Asians. We do grow beard. 
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494alex Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
This is amazingly helpful. You would not believe the difficulty I've been having.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Professional General Artist
I would believe it easily! :)
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riverfox1 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for these tutorials and the e-book! :dalove:
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Professional General Artist
Welcome!
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gnobold Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014
It seems silly saying no mixed types, because what type is pure any how? 
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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).

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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
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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!
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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 just...so 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.
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FoxyFloof Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Like it not, the fact remains that different ethnic groups tend to have different distinguishing features that are common among its members. I can't see what's wrong with artists wanting to make their work visually accurate...

Furthermore, this picture is in no way racist. Racism would imply belief that certain races and their characteristics are superior/inferior than others. All this does is simply acknowledge the fact that there are differences between different ethnic groups, which is just common sense and can be clearly observed by visiting anywhere that has a diverse population.

Everything here is fairly accurate fact. There is no opinion involved. There's no reason to be offended by fact when it's just...well...truth.
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CatMint5 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014
This will be very useful. Thank you :)
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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?
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primavistax Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
interesting!^^
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Professional 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!!!
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Professional General Artist
You're very welcome :)
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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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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Professional General Artist
Perfect!
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SharpPointyThings Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Student General Artist
Yay for anthropologically correct children's book illustrations!
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
:D
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Jesscookie Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
Like the person in the last comment, that Southeast Asian model sure looks like me... and is pretty accurate on the location! Really detailed, helpful, and well-researched.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Professional General Artist
:bow:
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emmareinke Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Student General Artist
(OMFG I'm half Thai and the Southeast Asian one is basically me!) Thanks for this, it's really helpful!
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Majnouna Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Professional General Artist
Cool :)
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Umagic65 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*SHITS SELF*
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L1701E Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
This is a very helpful guide!
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Professional General Artist
Cool!
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L1701E Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
You're welcome! :thumbsup: This is very helpful!
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kittyofawesome Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wheres the general Mexican XD
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