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!
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
start to put on features
put on more stuff
fix stuff again
erasing and flipping and stuff a whole bunch until you are happy with it or stop caring
Whole head is a gesture!
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.
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!
All great tips, plus bonus Zhao.
Cheat Sheets for Writing Body Language
We are always told to use body language in our writing. Sometimes, it’s easier said than written. I decided to create these cheat sheets to help you show a character’s state of mind. Obviously, a character may exhibit a number of these behaviours. For example, he may be shocked and angry, or shocked and happy. Use these combinations as needed.
by Amanda Patterson
As an artist, you’ll have to draw turned heads countless times. But when the head is turned, drawing the far eye poses a special challenge. This is because we must foreshorten that eye more than we’re used to, and because we’re tempted to shape it like the near eye, which is less foreshortened. Therefore, it’s useful to practice drawing the far eye by itself, without the near eye to throw you off. Print these sheets, draw the eyes, and you’ll save yourself great difficulty later.
Note that all of these eyes are facing our left. You’ll need to practice right-facing eyes as well, so flop the sheets in Photoshop, print them again, and draw those also.
Tuesday tips — Costume Design 101.
Costume design is a very important part of character design. It tells you a whole lot about your character; ie. age, personality, what she/he likes, time period, strength, … etc. It supposed to enhance a character’s personality.
Here are my process in tackling costume design.
1. Find a good reference. Inspiration is key!
2. Look for a good shillouette that is recognizable and different from other characters.
3. Pick one shillouette and find smaller shape within. Do tons of variation and have fun.
4. Color variation. Use variation the same color combination for all the design. Keep it simple!
5. Finish up and have fun. It will also a good idea to think of texture and material.
i’m dead and it’s because of this
literally the only art tutorial you will ever need.
If you’re an artist, no matter what your skill level, you HAVE to watch this. This could change the way you see art completely.
onewayworld asked: Oh my gosh, sorry! More proof that I really should be in bed by now. @@ In that case, adult!John talking to a modern!Dolorosa on a park bench while petstuck!Vriska (tries?) to play with a petstuck!Signless for paperseverywhere? I barely share anything in common with them at all, but I do follow them and they make very nice things. Those four characters are the ones I associate with them the most, so a cute scene for them would be nice. Again, sorry for the mishap!
ABORT ABORT ABORT THE MISSION HAS GONE TERRIBLY WRONG
This is technically fanart for the LoopTroll universe, which is a name I just made up for the world in which SaccharineSylph’s Loophole and CeruleanCynic’s Unwanted Free Ugly Troll take place. But mostly Loophole, because Vriska and John.
but at its heart of course it is a gift for the wonderful paperseverywhere who deserves all the love and also all the art
all of it
>Requests are closed!
AAAAAAAAaaaAHHHH THIS IS SO SWEET THANK YOU TOASTY AND ONEWAYWORLD
OH NO THTA MINI STORY, ROSA’S Background wHY ;;; Also that picture with her talking with John and aaaaahhhhhhbluadgsh
yes please, i like my heart broken over fctional characters if you ever decide to write it i will shower you with fanart
Hey ya’ll, if you’re struggling with towns or scenes, this is great