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.
Even though the issue with the art thieves is not yet resolved, I got a few messages that made me think this post might be useful/necessary for all you artists out there. It’s just a short summary but hopefully it will clear up some questions.
What’s copyrighted on the internet?
Animating and Drawing 4-Legged Animals
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)
Check out our super-fabulous naming tag and our first Writer SOS post about naming people and places (honesty time: I waited to answer this question because I was still researching and completing that post!).
When it comes to naming cities and towns, there are a few naming conventions you can observe if you so choose. You can name it:
- After a part of its surrounding geography (after a natural feature or in geographical relation to something else)
- After its founder or a prominent historical figure
- After what the town does or serves as (such as Coalville)
- After nothing at all, and use a name you happen to like
Alternatively, you can decide to create a name completely from scratch. There are no rules for creating names. You can:
- Create a set of rules (or if you have an established conlang, use those)
- Use conlang rules and words with the above naming conventions
- Pluck a name from thin air
- Smash letters together and rearrange them into a readable/pronounceable order
Naming places is tough, I hope this helps you out of your rut.
A Visual Dictionary of Tops
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