Asked by Anonymous
Thank you so much! Don’t worry, asking questions isn’t annoying. I really encourage them, so don’t hesitate to ask any if you have them.
Now, getting to your question about my design process for characters-
First I try to brainstorm and write out all the aspects I have in mind for a particular character. I find that getting some details written down helps to provide a good jumping point for when I start drawing. Nothing is permanent or set in stone, but its just a good place to start.
Once I get to drawing, its a mix of thumbnailing and research. Just like writing things down, its good to have an idea of what people and things look, work, and feel like in real life. When thumbnailing, I try to think about the character’s overall body shape and silhouette. I’ll sketch and doodle about with faces, but I don’t really get serious about it until I know what sort of shapes I want to use for the character. I feel like it can be easy to get tunnel-visioned if you think too hard about the face and head first and then try to make a body to fit it. Its also really easy to stay in your comfort zone and not explore new ideas and approaches.
Anyways, I try to think of as many options as possible, and after that I start to narrow my focus and refine refine refine until I’m happy with the final design. That’s a topic for whole different conversation though, and would probably make up a huge wall of text.
So yeah, I do a mix of sketching and research, and I work with the overall body shape and silhouette in mind. Its only when I start narrowing things down and refining things when I start seriously thinking about the face. I just keep an idea of what I want until I actually get to the refining stage.
I hope that answers your question some :)
Feel free to ask anymore if you want, and that goes for anyone else too. I’m always more than happy to answer whatever questions anyone might have.
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Asked by Anonymous
Thank you, I’m glad you like my stuff! For my line work, I use the "Stumpy Pencil" brush.
I’m still using Photoshop CS3 though, and I believe there are waaay better brushes available for later versions. Try looking up Kyle Webster’s brush packs. I’ve always wanted to try those, but it’ll have to wait until I upgrade.
Until then, the stumpy pencil brush and a handful of some custom brushes I’ve made get the job done.