ALRIGHT CLASS! BOOMKAT’Z SUPER AWESOME ARTING 101 IS NOW IN SESSION!
Ok so I’m gonna be showing you how I drew Lust from Fullmetal Alchemist
I start out with sketching the form of the character. I always draw them naked/bald so that I don’t get any anatomy wrong. This will be easier if you have a solid idea of the pose in your mind.
If I’m having trouble, I imagine the character wearing a swimsuit/leotard. It helps me get an idea of where the limbs connect and stuff. It may seem a little silly, but it helps me a lot.
I build some more, making sure to use anatomical references. Now the body is complete, I don’t see any errors at the moment.
I shape the face, starting by drawing the eye sockets, then the eyes. The eyebrows are right above the eyes. The nose connects to the eyebrow.
If you’re having trouble with symmetry/anatomy, try imagining the line that goes down the body. Also, try flipping the canvas, it can help you see errors in symmetry and stuff.
Rough sketching of the form of the hair.
I build the hair more, separating it into clumps so I don’t get confused.
I add some lines to the hair, making sure to follow the flow of the hair.
I draw the clothes, keeping in mind not to use too many wrinkles since her dress is tight-fitting.
Now that the sketching is done, I make one more final sketch draft to build confidence. This will help prevent moments where you think “Ohh the sketch looked good but the lineart is terrible”
If you’re drawing a piece with shading/doing a commission, now is a great time to plot where your shadows/lights will be. I’m lazy, so I just slapped some rough shading onto it.
Lineart! I made the lines jagged/edgy so that she looks threatening and menacing.
I don’t have any good/useful tips for colouring, so here’s just my process(If you are having trouble getting the shading right on your drawings, try drawing from still life/knowing full well where your light is coming from at all times, if you’re having trouble choosing good colours, try to know the mood of your drawing, what colours represent what emotions, and good colour pallets for your character).
I add a few details(some blood and making her eyes/tattoo stand out more in this case) and fix some of the colourings in this stage. Usually, this involves staring at little details intensely for about 20 minutes straight. But, don’t stare too long or you could get tired and miss key mistakes. If you still think something is off, try showing the photo to a friend and let them tell you if they see anything weird.
After I’ve spent a good 8 hours staring at the same digital canvas, painstakingly clicking away at my tablet screen, my artwork is done! I can finally save it(save your art as a png rather than jpg because it’ll be higher resolution!!), and upload it for literally no one on the internet to see because I have no online presence at all :^)
Congrats, you done art.