Centre of gravity.
If your character is just standing there, regardless as to what their posture is like, the centre of gravity should fall (as the name suggests) through the centre of their body!
On here I’ve shown the centre of gravity as a split between two colours to make it easier to see the mass on both sides.
In the middle there is a lil charmander running, and because he’s in motion there is more mass on one side - the direction he is heading in has more weight pushing him in that direction
and at the bottom, no matter how far forwards your character is leaning, the mass still needs to be equal so they dont fall over!!
Tuesday Tips - SHORTHANDS
It’s crucial to find ways to draw characters clearly and fast when storyboarding. Line mileage alone can become an impossible mountain to climb if you don’t simplify the way you draw characters. Leave all details aside and find the essence of a character. Shorthands are the gesture drawings of storyboarding. Specific characters have specific attributes that make them stand out. Sometimes it’s just the way they stand. Sometimes their hairstyle is unconventional. Find what’s key about a character and get rid of what’s common.
Model Sheet from Bambi by Marc Davis
Artsy references from the Animators desk in the Ghibli Museum, Mitaka.
Did a fun little illustration for “Furries Forever” awhile ago… it’s been okayed to post it recently, so I am! :D
OMG see you can totally see my rabbit guy on the cover! Isn’t he cute!?
I also wrote a tutorial for the book, as well as several other artists! If you’re interested in that sort of thing, you should definitely check it out… we all worked hard on it! :D
Furries Forever <—- Newest one, aww yeah!
Draw More Furries <—- I also have a piece in this one!
Draw Furries <—- The original!
And of course, check out Lindsay Cibos’ gallery… she has a ton of great stuff! Cute polar bears everywhereeee!
A quick tutorial on how I paint (mostly angular) shaped objects in a BG.
Tuesday Tips - Power Shading
Here’s a technique I use often when attending life drawing sessions, especially nude sessions. I feel like it gives an energy and direction as well as clear volume to the figure. The more i know about underlying muscles, bones and general body structure, the more I can express through this technique. It’s kind of like a classic brush work when dealing with ink. It’s just more forgiving when using a Conte stick, by varying the angle and pressure of it.
Try it out!
Finally done! My first tutorial and I probably made like a million mistakes and typos :B
I would like to first point out that this tutorial is not for you to rip-off my style with. I do everything I can to make sure my style is original and distinct and therefore I wouldn’t like someone else copying it. What this is for is for you to use the technique and apply it to your own style of artwork. I’m not sure how many people will actually care about me saying this but it would be nice if you could use your own style instead. Thank you! <3
If you have any doubts or spot any big mistakes in this, let me know by sending me a message or whatever. I’d also really love to see what you guys make using this tutorial (if you do) so if you tag it #purplecritter I’ll check it out!
I also wanted to add that I was very much inspired by some amazing art idols of mine such as CanisAlbus, RAE-J and Skia! I probably forgot a bunch of other inspirations but these are the main ones at least.
More of my polygonal art can be found here: http://pistachiofox.tumblr.com/search/polygonal
Digital Painting - Line Weight
Edit: That’s Matt Kohr speaking. I’m a creature with a female voice.