Adding character diversity: Body type
Tips on how to draw not so cookie cutter characters! Change body type and shape, showing off natural differences in build that happen in real life! Not everyone is built the same!
Pt 2 and 3 will follow but check it out on the original posting on the artist’s deviant!
Simple and easy to understand and everything you need to know about Good Character Design 101.
How to Draw the Head from Any Angle
i love these kind of clothes wrinkles
Some small tips for posing! Remember that anatomy is important. It’s good that after you draw these stick figures, you try to set up the character’s body on top of the sketch sticks immediately and see how your character’s anatomy can be applied to the pose that you choose.
If it doesn’t really work, KEEP TRYING until it does work. It’s very likely that you aren’t going to get the pose right on the first try, so it’s good just to keep working at it until you’re satisfied!
Unless you’re one of those people who are never satisfied, then I cannot really help you there. ;w;
thank you so much Bechno! : D
Phil Straub Composition Tutorial (go to the original page for much more information, pictures, and different types of composition)
The Golden Rule — “The golden rule can and usually is applied to a paintings canvas proportions. As you read through the following text you’ll notice that most of the imagery presented utilizes similar dimensions and almost all of them fall into the golden rectangle. Today you can find the Golden Rectangle almost everywhere: from credit cards to phone cards to book covers, all are shaped with its proportions.
The imagery below represents the division of space when the “golden rule” is applied to a blank canvas. Basically it is the division of a line in two sections, where the ratio between the smallest section and the largest section is identical to the ratio between the largest section and the entire length of the line. In other words A/B = B/(A+B). The ratio is about 1/1.618. Honestly, I’m still not exactly sure what that all means? but, I do know that I used this grid layout a-lot when I first started painting and found it helpful. I still do.”
Rule of Thirds— “From the golden rule came the “rule of thirds” which is virtually the same concept but slightly altered to fit photographic proportions. I find it a bit easier to follow since it’s very simple in its origin.Here we have a look at the rule of thirds in action.
Notice that the main focal point sits right almost directly over one of the “golden means.” Additionally, other objects are placed near the other converging lines (the bird, for example) but, not directly on them, since that would create competition for the focal point.”
Implied Forms (Circular) — “The Circle is made up of a continuous ‘Curve’ and it’s circular movement keeps the eye in the picture frame. There are many circles in nature and man made objects. You can use the circle in a very obvious way in your composition or simply suggest it.”
Implied Forms (Radii) — “Is a connection of ‘Lines’ meeting in the Center and an expansion of ‘Lines’ leaving the Center. The Radii is usually found in Nature Subjects. The best example of the man made Radii is the spokes of a wheel.
The eye has two ways to go when it comes upon the Radii. It can either be drawn in to the picture area or it can be led out of the picture area. You must be careful how you used the Radii and try to have the eye led into the picture.”
Cross composition — “A showing of ‘Opposing Force’ that will give the picture a feeling of Cohesion and Relationship. The horizontal bar of the Cross will act as a “stopper’ while the vertical pole can act as a leading line. The windows in a large skyscraper will form crosses and will keep your interest in the building.”
L Composition — “This makes an attractive ‘frame’. It can be used to accentuate important subjects. Many times it is a ‘frame’ within a ‘frame’.
A tree with an overhanging branch at the ‘right’ side of the picture area will form a ‘Rectangle’ and help frame the Main Subject in the picture. By doing this you will make the Center of Interest stand out and be noticed clearly.”
I got asked for tips to draw legs and arms. This is how I do legs and arms.
TIP 1: Draw curvy and natural lines.
TIP 2: I use the “swimsuit” technique, this is drawing the torso like if the model is wearing a swimsuit, it helps to draw legs thickness as well as knowing the position of the hip when drawing them flexed.
TIP 3: For hands and feet, pay attention to nails. Drawing the nail curve (concave or convex, depending of the angle) will help you drawing the fingers and giving them volume.
i will always reblog suit reference so others hopefully stop drawing suits wrong (i’m sorry that sounds sassy as hell.)
Paul Richards here made a cool photoshop document that would reveal a complement of your color after using the paint bucket tool on a layer. It also shows various cool and warm tones of that color.
I’ve been having fun with it. Coloring my value sketches and such.
Oh my god this is one of the most useful palette tools I’ve seen.
Holy crap this is amazing
Here’s a little making-of my Yakuza illustration for the exhibition, Battles without Honor and Humanity, at Floating World Comics in Portland Oregon on September 16.
HOLY FUCK I NEED TO TRY THIS.