okay so first off i just want to say that i am still learning this stuff myself
i only started to really try to branch away from sameface/samebody syndrome within the last few months and i still have a lot to learn!
but so yeah i thought i’d start by first posting some of my inspiration?? like if i am stuck for body shapes, etc, i actually keep a folder on my computer where i save images that have bodytypes i think are interesting (photos, illustration, animation stills, character design sketches, etc.)
i think the easiest way to really study body shapes is to go to cartoons! real life helps a lot, too, of course - it gives you the foundation and basic understanding of structure - but it doesn’t give you the exaggeration.
pixar and other such animation studios are, of course, the immediate go to