Tuesday Tips - Structure/Gesture: Why Not Both!
Probably one the most compelling issue to deal with when drawing characters. There's clear pros and cons to both approach. The key, IMO, is to straddle the line between both. Give appeal and energy through the use of gesture, but always give hints of structure, weight and solidity to make the character feel like it lives in an environment. I do a quick, dynamic gesture first, then I go back in and add some structure on a second pass. In a rush, I'll focus the structure pass on faces, hands and feet (feet: their position on the ground to give weight and/or balance to the pose.) -Norm @grizandnorm
First of two overall reference page for arms. There's no need to actually draw muscles on every character, but it truly helps to understand the underlying structure, especially when pushing the pose a bit more. One thing that's often overlooked is the connection between the arm and forearm, as well as how the deltoid muscles (shoulder) interacts with the pectoral muscles (chest) when lifting the arms up (front view). Anyway, use this page as you please. -Norm @grizandnorm
“VisDev ladies descending to the caffein patch”, 😂😂😂
A hillarious caricature of me, @britsketch @lorelay_bove and @neysabove by Peter DeMund for the caricature show. Thanks Peter 😆 we do love fashion 😍
Tuesday Tips - Cape It Simple!
I don't need to add too much explanation today. A cape, cloak or long coat simplifies the silhouette of most character, gives them a unique look or presence and conceals a lot of the overall anatomy. Keep track of the character underneath to know where to fold, drop or stretch the fabric. The fabric itself should play a role too. Different behave differently. Movement and gravity are key to "ground" your character in the environment and make it look believable.
Happy Friday! Lovely dress I saw online while I’m researching for work and really loving the styling. Research or “research” is an actual part of my job, I swear I’m not shopping for my own wardrobe 😂😂😂
Hello Tuesday! Today's tip is on composing an expression page. There are many ways to do this; I tend to put my main one in the middle, then I put other expression surrounding it. It's good to make them relate to one another and tell a story. I think of Norman Rockwell's Gossip whenever I make an expression page. This is of course a super simplified version compare to his. Happy drawing!