If you cant attend life drawing sessions. This is the best thing for you
Let me show you something I recently found : Croquis Cafe!
You get to see models of different colors and shapes in a life drawing setting. They move and breath while posing (breathing like in real life :O) ambient music is playing in the background and you have 1, 2 and 5 minute sessions. I find it very helpful , you should try it.
Did you guys know my favourite Normal-type is Nyarth/Meowth?
Dare I say it’s my second general favourite after Magikarp?
I used to have a Shiny Meowth called Vanilla, but it turned out to be a fake. I loved her so much but I couldn’t transfer her to X. orz
Here’s process btw (colour is all on one layer).
i draw hands using lots of boxes???
oR WELL thats what im visualising in my head i actually jsut draw some vague bullshit
then build the hand from that
bUT the boxes are there in my head thats what im picturing
u should all practice hands using pixelovely for ref tho
Redlines with useful advice!
Redlines with some useful advice.
It helps to review someone’s redlines.
Ughhhh I hate when my tablet’s pen pressure stops working. I have to reboot my computer and sometimes that doesn’t help and I have to reboot twice before it starts working again! Which is super annoying, ‘cause I have work running on my computer 24/7 so I never even turn it off. Rebooting is such a pain in the arse.
My tablet doesn’t usually protest this much and this often, just unplugging/re-plugging it used to work before. Maybe it’s getting old. orz
Anyway, yeah, I was gonna draw sad Serek art but I gave up ‘cause my tablet pissed me off too much. So sad Serek turned into scritchy Serek??
Think I’ll do his eye separately so I can work on the details better.
ANYWAY, I’ll post headshot step-by-steps of this, so, sketch > lineart > flat colour > full colour > details. Something like that. If I feel like it (and my computer doesn’t fuck up), I might either livestream or record when I do the colouring.
Uh, yeah, just tell me if anyone’s interested in a livestream. It’d be a big help if people gave me their timezones and best time for them to watch then. Y’all already know I’m up all night anyway so whatever floats yer boat.
BUT NO in all seriousness, thank you! You’re a sweetheart! ;O; Proportions are pretty awful to get down when you’re just starting out, and while there are a bunch of ways you can start practicing with it, it’ll be difficult to be absolutely precise. I still struggle with proportions occasionally. Fun fact: I don’t post all of my work. I only post the work that turned out okay aHA. So basically don’t be frustrated when every single piece doesn’t turn out. Here are a few tips.
Let’s use this picture of Laurence and Hugh because why not.
They’ve both got eyes, a nose, and a mouth, so why do they look different?
These lines are the generic way of mapping out where to put things together. I used this when I was starting out and it’s a helpful way of getting your hand and wrist to work together. At this point they both nearly look the same. I say this a lot, but I think it’s important: shape is what puts a drawing together.
Compare features of the face to help you figure out placement.
The bottom of his ear lines up right to the middle of his nostril. His tear ducts line up right at the corners of his mouth. Then you can get super technical and say, oh, the outer corner of his eye lines up with that fold in his collar and then from there you can see other things like the approximate distance from the edge of his mouth to that connecting line from the eye to the collar. They don’t meet so his mouth is smaller than the width of his eyes, etc, etc. Whatever works, man.
This is a favorite technique of mine so lemme use another example:
Eventually you get to the point where most of your proportional accuracy will come from just looking. You will eventually adjust your eye to see what makes a person who they are by the shape of their features.
Laurence has narrow, oval shaped eyes, while Hugh has more of a diamond shape. Not everyone has perfect almond shaped eyes. You can capture an entire character personality through their eyes alone, so shaping them out is extremely important.
The way you draw your lines is also important. Sharp and smooth lines will give your drawing personality. Reveals the character, in a sense.
Other things to consider: the shape of the nose.
Mads’ is flat and goes down in a steady slope, while Hugh’s juts out in a smooth, almost concave curve.
SHAPES SHAPES SHAPES. Use shapes and structure to find proportion.
I did a lot more than I anticipated omg. Oh gosh and I have a feeling I kinda just rambled and didn’T MAKE ANY SENSE AH. Let me know if you need more help or if I was speaking gibberish I am so bad at putting my thoughts into words aHHHH. But gosh I hope this was at least vaguely helpful. You’re a darling and thank you for your kind words!
Good luck on your artistic endeavors! /hugs
ho-ho-holy crap Lauren this is *amazing*. I thank the anon for asking this because I have the same problem and this is SO HELPFUL OuO
FAVING AND SAVING THIS FOREVER BECAUSE WOWEE.
lmao @ jack the art guru
Just an easy trick I learned a few years ago that I thought I’d share. May not work 100% all the time, but works well for simple hand/arm placement.
MY FACE LITERALLY DROPPED THIS IS FUCKING PERFECT
Have Pico in the mean-time.
Have a floating Serek-head.
Lazy colouring ‘cause I’m sleepy and wanna go to bed.
Rules when trying out new chibi styles: If I can draw Serek with it, then it’s approved.
Just doodling chibi heads until I find something I like, I kinda like this one (better than what I had before), but the hair takes some planning to make. But it’s actually pretty good practice.
Anyway, feedback is appreciated! I want to know if people like or dislike new styles that I try out. ♥ / ^\