Cyberpunk is notorious for some badass women. They’re strong, charismatic, and they are not afraid to dominate the competition.
Don’t cross them; these cyberpunk girls can kick your ass.
Below, we have found some of the best female cyberpunk character designs on the internet. I’ve also included some ideas you can take on to create your own awesome cyberpunk girl.
- So, What Is Cyberpunk?
- Women in Cyberpunk
- Cyberpunk Girl Concept Art
- How Do You Draw A Cyberpunk Girl?
So, What Is Cyberpunk?
Cyberpunk is a subgenre of Science Fiction. It’s set in the future, but it is more along the ideas of a “High tech, low life.”
These girls are in a futuristic environment, but are more the grungy subcultures, hanging out in the underbelly of a future world.
They are the hackers, the gangsters, the people not afraid to get down and dirty.
Common attributes of Cyberpunk is the advanced technological and scientific advances such as cybernetics, cyborgs, and robotics. However, this advanced technology is juxtaposed with the breakdown of society.
Often the typical cyberpunk character is the alienated loner, living on the fringes of society, often with a modification of the human body.
Classic anime such as Ghost In The Shell and newer titles such as Psycho-Pass are great examples of the cyberpunk genre. (And I highly recommend you watch them!)
Women in Cyberpunk
Women in cyberpunk are not your usual damsels in distress. They are out on the front lines, kicking ass, and giving the men a run for their money.
The cyberpunk genre is full of anti-heroes, and the women are no different. They are complex, tough, often scary, but they often have a vulnerability about them. They are not afraid to take charge.
There are never two of the same kind of female characters.
Check out these impressive examples of cyberpunk girls shown below.
Cyberpunk Girl Concept Art
By Lars Sowig
By Sonny (DeviantArt)
By Matt Waggle
By Ian Llanas
By Jiihn Kim
By Eve Ventrue
By Brandon Liao
By Victor Bravo
By GUWEIZ (DeviantArt)
By Xinjun Zhang
By Luise Stolze
By Z.G. Fisher
By Ross Tran
By Andrew Leon
By Samkat Yin
By ‘FOX 00‘
By Jason Cortes
By Josh Norman
By Ian Llanas
By Wyn Lacabra
By Vshane D
By Mingyu Wu
By David Kaye
By Pixeluna (Deviant Art)
By Rob Caswell
By Callergi (Feature Image)
By Michael Wang
By Jacek Radwan
By Ramon Nunez
By Matthew (Deathink)
By Chun Lo
By Livia Prima
By Max Gavr
By Simon Weaner
By Peter Ortiz
By Ruben Madrid
By Toni Infante
How Do You Draw A Cyberpunk Girl?
Some of these images are incredibly dynamic. There is a sense of flow and movement. So how did they do it?
I’ve listed what I can see you can take on to improve your cyberpunk character designs. If you have other tips and ideas, feel free to share them in the comments below.
To capture the essence of a character, understanding the human figure and how it moves and expresses itself is key to creating believable and expressive cyberpunk characters.
Practice Figure Drawing
Figure drawing is essential for anyone wanting to develop their character design skills.
Play with dynamic poses and gestures. Looks at the flow and composition of the images above, to get an understanding of how it starts to work.
What are the common direction and lines in the composition that make each piece stand out?
Proko has a great figure drawing course to help you understand how to get the most out of your characters.
Study Modern Day Subcultures For Inspiration
If you are looking for ideas, study modern day subcultures for inspiration.
Many of the images are inspired by the punk, trance, gothic and music subcultures. Look at how they dress. What type of hair styles do these people have?
Cyberpunk is very much about a subculture of people on the edge of society in a science fiction universe.
By looking at those subcultures on the edge of our current modern society, you can start to image what this group of people might look like in 10, 50, 100 years time.
Find Inspiration From Machinery & Everyday Technology
Look around your room and take note of all the technology you see. Your phone, your laptop, maybe your drawing tablet. Ask yourself, ‘what would these things look like in 10, 50, 100 years time?’
- How would people interact with them?
- Would they be separate devices, or would they somehow be integrated into the human form?
- What would it look like if your mobile phone was a part of you?
Draw these items that you use every day. Draw them as they are now, and understand their shape, functionality, and form. Then imagine what they would look like in the future, and sketch them.
Look at how this technology could then be integrated to be part of the human body and draw them once again.
Even though you may have practiced poses, gestures and dynamic drawing, develop your understanding of human anatomy.
Cyborgs and mechanic limbs are a common attribute in cyberpunk. By understanding how anatomy works and how they human body moves, you can use this knowledge and adapt it when creating these cybernetic enhancements.
What muscles create what movement? When you understand these dynamics, you can see how machinery could integrate or replace a part of a body.
For example, how could I have something to replace the upper arm? When I recreate a mechanical arm, what’s going to take the place of the bicep? Can the bicep be armored, and the workings hidden underneath? What would it look like if limbs were made of metal and plastic, instead of muscle and bone.
Add these ideas to your drawing practice, play, put them together and see what comes out of it. Don’t be afraid to try random things – they might just create something awesome!