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!
it’s nice to see how others do stuff like this, everyone is different but there’s something to learn from everybody!
All these pages are 8.5x11, 300 dpi. Feel free to print it out in full size if you like physical copies
Comics and Comic Artists
Scott McCloud’s “Making Comics” (entirely done in comic format)
Uploading alone because eiiiiii. I haven’t drawn anything fun and quick in forever. My transparency sucks ignore me. *frolics away*
kyuubifreak's OC Sean as Kurama.
I did indeed use the brush tool! First double check that you’re using the right brush tip - for the mechanical pencil back then i was using the simple round, and for the regular pencil I was using the line brush tip which I made, the instructions on how to install it are on that post.
Also make sure that you’re using it at the right scale - The settings in that post are optimised for 10px, and zoomed out a bit. I generally work at 50%
If you scale the brush up, you need to increase the paper texture. Scale it down, you decrease the texture.
Honestly I change this slider all the time so what was in the post was just an approximation, my settings don’t stay the same for long haha
lastly, under advanced settings try changing the hard <-> soft slider, the lighter you press the more texture will come through.
unrelated to the brush itself, but - I would also suggest opening your tablet drivers and adjusting the tip feel to be soft enough that you don’t need to strain to reach full pressure. Should help with keeping your wrists healthy and pain free nwn
iirc i also added a background texture to the examples so that could be part of it
it’s also worth mentioning they work best when they’re both used together, mech is like a sharpened pencil whilst pencil is like a blunt one
that said i have changed my settings since then so that they work better individually
make sure edge hardness is at 100% for mech because otherwise
it won’t work haha
a couple people were asking in the tags about my brush, you can find my settings in the brush tag
i mainly use the mech brush these days, the settings are still pretty much the same as up there! That’s what i’m using in that gif, I just scale the brush up when I paint
Art dump for my friend kyuubifreak cuz his b-day’s tomorrow. Happy b-day!!
His character, Sean, as a foot-ball playin Kurama. Aaaaand two doodles of my own OC, Fucaru.
if you ever feel really intimidated by a speedpaint like
'damn how they do that how they do that????'
remember that because its all sped up it’s deceptive what youre really looking at is
so the person isnt like some magic painting god that refines things instantly theyre doing it one lil brush stroke at a time take it easy yeah
F me it’s not enough to be in love with one Naruto no I have to be in love with this Mecha Loser too omggggggggggggg. I’m so satisfied with this stupid filler NaruHina baby.
I had the process images lying around so I thought I’d make a gif.