I FINISHED IT! FINALLY!
In addition to the basics of the basics and the drawing tools, I have added the Color section (ahahaha I thought was going to be short) and prepping linework that will be used in Photoshop. Wooo!
These images are HUGE, so they’re on dA only for now. Links below!
Basics of Basics Part 1: [link]
Basics of Basics Part 2: [link]
Pen, Pencil, Brush Part 1: [link]
Pen, Pencil, Brush Part 2: [link]
Color Part 1: [link]
Color Part 2: [link]
Color Part 3: [link]
Prepping Linework for Photoshop: [link]
Basic Flat Coloring: [link]
Tiled Lighting: [link]
If there are any misspellings, I apologize. I only did a cursory edit, as I really wanted to get them done.
step 1: start out with a crappy sketch you can’t even see
step 2: draw faces on top of the pre-existing smiley faces
step 3: DISREGARD SKETCH just ink on top of it and hope for the best who cares if your anatomy is horrible the line variation and messiness covers it up
step 4: use a gamut mask tool and cheat your way through colouring
CONGRATS YOU ARE A LAZY BUTT LIKE ME
Does anyone have a tutorial for anime hair, anime eyes, a simple one for hands and a tutorial for butt’s?
Anime tutorials are not likely to help you here. You really want to be studying from life, and simplifying it down yourself.
(And to be perfectly frank, tutorials focused on the anime style tend to suck and not really do much teaching.)
However, here are a few pointers to get you started!
On drawing hair:
A great tutorial on how hair drapes and flows, definitely give it a read!
Proko is great at teaching. Definitely worth a watch, you’ll learn a lot.
Just a site that generates a random hair photo. Great site for hair reference, I’d spend some time practising just drawing hair using the random photos from here.
Advice from me!
When drawing hair, don’t get caught up in the details! Sure, there are lots of strands of hair on a person’s head, but you can’t see each and every one. So there’s no reason to draw them all! It doesn’t look good when you do so.
Focus on the shape and form, picturing hair like a big cloth on someone’s head can help.
Start bald like a baby, because there’s the whole cranium that you need to take into account! The hair flows around it after all.
And just in case, have a look at the basic shape of the head:
Despite popular belief, it’s not really a simple oval. It may look that way from the front, but you have to put your brain somewhere.
It’s really more like an oval and a curvy triangle!
Hair originates from a point! Be it a parting or the crown of their head, the hair will start from a point on their head, growing outwards and down from it.
It’s greatly beneficial to draw this point, and draw from it. Things will flow more naturally that way.
Just start with the basic shape, and add the details after.This applies to anything, not just hair. Work rough and loosely, then start refining. If you draw stiffly, focusing on all the little details rather than the bigger picture, your picture will also be stiff.
On drawing hands:
Clicking the links on the right will display different 3D hand models you can use as reference.
Here are lots of photos you can study from, too.
On drawing eyes:
Once again, I recommend watching Proko’s video on the subject.
There are many, many ways to draw eyes, anime or otherwise! I’d try and find your own style if I were you c:
Understanding the structure of the eye will help you draw them, regardless as to your style. Anime eye tutorials will only ever teach you how to draw the one kind of eye, but if every character you drew had the same eyes, that’d be pretty boring!
So stylise it yourself. Have a look at how your favourite artists draw their eyes, and try figure out what it is that just works for you.
On drawing butts:
Source: PSG Art Tutorial
Give this a read, seriously. It is by far the best resource I have ever seen for painting, hands down. It’s long, but so very worth the read.
Table of contents
- The Onion
- Light stuff
- Skin tones
- Color relativity
- Color identity
- Flatten and simplify
- Focus points
- Perspective and construction
- Line art
- Subjects to study
- Self critique
- Order of importance
- Critique and common mistakes(Cut out to keep post size down, click to read!)
List of tutorials that helped me with environmental painting:
“How to make your own Perspective Grid in PS” <—- this one is the best thing I’ve ever discovered. Srsly CHECK IT OOOOUUUUT!
Snuffen’s Background Tutorial P1More or less ALL tutorials by Griffsnuff is awesome, so make sure to check out the rest of them!
More or less ALL tutorials made by AquaSixio!
List of youtube channels that also helped and inspired me:
FZDSCHOOL - More or less one of the most known concept art-related resources I know on youtube. It’s great to sit and draw and just listen to the talking.
SinixDesign- This guy is also great! He has some design workshops ever now and then where the viewers can send in their stuff for critique! very encouraging and inspiring!
moatddtutorials- This guy is more into drawing than painting, and has a more cartoony style. He has interesting methods when it comes to perspective. And he also challenge himself in some of his videos (the engine block video is a great example of this)
foxOrian- Also known here on dA for his awesome perspective and composition tutorials. He has a youtube channel where he posts some videos that might be interesting as well.
this shows all tutorials on this blog
The following links are to tutorials on specific subjects
- Lineart Tutorials
- Composition Tutorials
- Environments & background Tutorials
- Color Theory Tutorials
- Color application Tutorials
- Light/Values Tutorials
- Anatomy Tutorials
- Animal Tutorials
- Clothing Tutorials
- Weapon Tutorials
- Digital Art Tutorials
- Traditional Art Tutorials
- Traditional watercolor Tutorials
This shows all the References on this blog
The following links are to References on specific subjects
- Clothing References
- Weapon References
- Armor References
- Traditional painting References
- Anatomy References
- Animal References
The Following are Digital Art Program References or Tutorials sorted by Program
This is a good blog and I’d say you should follow them however I reblog a lot of their stuff… Alright follow them.
Open Window+ New tab to see these bigger.
Serge Birault/Papa Ninja tutorials, he has a ton on his blog- http://sergebirault.blogspot.com/ and link to the translated tutorial- http://www.tdt3d.com/articles_viewer.php?art_id=403
Some of my favorites:
Also he has tutorials over at Muddy Colors.
Hello and thank you! C:
I’m just going to throw some links to tutorials here at you because it’s easier than explaining on my own, haha.
Female Body Tutorial (note that the same can be applied to male characters with a few modifications - e.g. the bust/waist/hips/thighs can be modified to shoulders/chest (ribcage)/thighs for male characters, and can be expanded to include neck, shoulders, arms (both upper and lower), and calves for both sexes - all can have varying sizes in any given character, which is what creates a unique silhouette)
Skin: A Chart (note that this is a supplement to a tutorial on how to paint skin, linked in the description to the image)
Younger vs. Older features (a non-realism view on how to make characters look younger by reducing facial detail - not applicable to all styles and character designs but it can be a helpful thing to keep in mind)
Guide to Aging Characters
…I get the feeling I’m forgetting to link something (and for the life of me I couldn’t find anything good on how to draw fatter characters), but there’s the basics I can remember.
Useful Online Art Programs
Gesture Drawing Generators
using custom shapes in digital painting- http://www.conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=201403
interesting technique with a modified hexagonal brush- http://alicexz.deviantart.com/gallery/?catpath=/resources/#/d3mz8ph
A friend asked how I do this thing, so I decided to make a tutorial for it! FYI, this is Photoshop CS5. Hope it helps in some way! If there’s anything that completely confuses you, don’t hesitate to ask me. :)
Here is a fullsize version.
(This font’s exclamation point looks too much like an “L,” so I apologize for sounding too excited in my tutorial.)
WHOOoooo round 2. Okay so I made a better display picture showing off the textures I made and labelling them. If you’re interested in having these fine textures/templates/whatever for yourself, check out the dropbox link here:
Sorry if there’s any spelling/grammar mistakes. I’ll add more tips later.
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