sadbabyosborn

freeglassart asked:

You may get asked this a lot, so please excuse my ignorance - but how do you go about constructing character expressions and body language and such? Thanks!

makanidotdot answered:

Besides The Basics (construction of heads and skulls and muscles and skeletons and how they move), I’ll go over some things I’ve been trying to work on myself lately:

1. Treat expressions as a single gesture of the face/head, as opposed to a head and then individual features dumped on a plate and arranged into an expression.

First, just get down the big shapes of your expression, just like you would for a pose.  

So say I wanna do a low angle angry pose.  I know the features are gonna be all mashed down at the bottom because of perspective.

 Scribble it down

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start to put on features

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fix stuff

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put on more stuff

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fix stuff again

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erasing and flipping and stuff a whole bunch until you are happy with it or stop caring

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2. Just like a facial expression, jot down where the important parts of an entire pose goes first.  You can force the rest of the body to fit the pose.

So here I knew I wanted the shoulders tilted a certain direction, and te hand to be in that particular position in front of her face. 

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That’s the simplest explanation I got.  Don’t be afraid to push and pull faces and bodies around! Worry about being “on model” last!

rufftoon:

All great tips, plus bonus Zhao.

<3

lygrim

reapergrellsutcliff:

Kiss Scene - Drawing for Boys Love (Yaoi)' (Part 1 of 3)

A 103 page book/CD rom with male/male kissing scenes, from many different angles, for artist drawing references.

Other art references like this can be found here:

shirodemon

staubengel:

So, as a special for my 350. follower I decided to do this analysis of Loki’s and Tony’s face.

I have a very hard time drawing faces and for all of you who do too, I hope this helps a little.

I find Tony’s face harder to draw than Loki’s, maybe that’s why it’s a bit more written on there.

Hope it’s of any use!

To read it properly you will need to right-click on it, copy the link adress and open it in a new tab.

tamarinfrog

anatomicalart:

Let me link Yall’ to this holy grail.
I present to you Character Design Reference
on [Pintrest] || [Tumblr] || [Twitter] || [Facebook] || [YouTube]

I couldn’t even include all of the reference boards this blog contains on this photoset. That’s right! There’s EVEN MORE! There are pages and pages of them! It is an inspiration treasure trove!
Bookmark this link!
Fill your life with inspiration!

arthermit

anatomicalart:

Let me link Yall’ to this holy grail.
I present to you Character Design Reference
on [Pintrest] || [Tumblr] || [Twitter] || [Facebook] || [YouTube]

I couldn’t even include all of the reference boards this blog contains on this photoset. That’s right! There’s EVEN MORE! There are pages and pages of them! It is an inspiration treasure trove!
Bookmark this link!
Fill your life with inspiration!

arthermit

myhatseatpeople:

doodlemancy-library:

crocolate:

whitepool:

criminy:

Steve Hampton: Figure Drawing: Design and Invention

Figure Drawing 

I took one of his classes back when I went to art school and he’s an incredible professor and instructor. I’d advise people to look through his studies and even buy his book. It’s not necessarily how to draw correct anatomy but to know it while making it stylized. His class basically teaches the mechanics of the body while using imagination. 

Seriously, I recommend anyone to attending one of his online workshops. It’s kind of pricey but much more affordable than what I paid. Then again I had my own benefits.  

 

WHOA

-shoves these refs under my arm-

Have I reblogged these before?? I DON’T EVEN CARE

THANK YOU

batwynn

How to Sketchbook Mobile

batwynn:

September 7th 2014, 4:45:00 pm · 2 hours ago
Hey batwynn! I saw your loki defender piece a bit back, and noticed you created it on sketchbook pro mobile. I have the app too, and I was wondering how you made it look so easy to create it. Is there any tips you could give to me on using the app?

Hi there! I’m not really sure about tips, i’m not very good at explaining things… but i’ll try. 

On the Sketchbook Mobile, there’s one thing you should always check before drawing. That would be under the brushes:

Select your tool here

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Then tap EDITOR 

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The key to making more natural lines are the two number values for the RADIUS.

The MIN should always be smaller than the MAX

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The next thing you want to consider is the ‘pressure’. Sketchbook mobile, as any of the drawing apps i’ve seen so far, have no pressure sensitivity. What Sketchbook does to imitate that is something revolving more around the speed of your stroke. If you take one, quick, confident stroke, it comes out much more naturally and gives the illusion of pressure. 

After that, don’t forget that you can zoom in! Drag those fingers! Get in close! Scare yourself with how close up that eye is. It’s a great tool to utilize for details. 

You may also want to find yourself a stylus, and honestly, the price range does not matter. They are all essentially the same black rubber blob thing on a stick. If you do get one, I would suggest you find one that is longer, if possible, your average pen size. The grip is more natural for your hand than the smaller stylus’, which tend to cramp your hand and also end up obstructing your view while you draw because your hand is that much closer to the screen. 

A stylus is NOT mandatory. I’ve draw many of the things you see on my blog with my fingers and honestly, I have fat fingers… so… 

I hope this helps a bit. :D