not my concept not my character not my colors

anonymous asked:

Oh almighty napkin arm with googly eyes, I humble peregrin dare come forth with a request... could you make some character design breakdowns for some more realistic characters? Like your power ranger fanart? I tried to break them down on my own, but I'm not sure I did it that well... it's incredibly useful and interesting... Keep being awesome, and thanks for how you already helped me anyway!

Thanks for the patience, had to mull this one over. The more complex a design gets, the more difficult it is to break down. Basic character design tips may not be enough…so let’s delve into:

Character Design Tips Part 2!

Before we start, it’ll help to read my last character design post, where I laid out four concepts: shapes, silhouettes, colors, and inspiration. In this post, I aim to build on and rephrase these in a way that hopefully makes it easier to apply them. I’ll be drawing examples from my Power Rangers (2017) fanart to illustrate my points.

(Disclaimers:)

  • (Ideally, you should already be comfortable with drawing people. If not, look into figure drawing, gesture drawing, etc.)
  • (Whereas my previous tips were more tried and true, the tips here are more my own thoughts, so they may be half-formed.)
  • (Again, these are not rules. They’re just tips to add to your toolbox; the more tools you have, the more versatile you’ll become.)

Without further ado, let’s start!

Based off what we know about shapes, silhouettes, colors and inspiration, I want to cover: lines and angles, external and internal silhouettes, values, and references.

1. Shapes => Lines and Angles

Last time, I laid out three basic shapes:round, box, and triangle.

Problem: limiting yourself to these 3 shapes can be useful and fun for simpler designs, but they may be too simple or look out of place on more complex designs.

Solution: let’s go to the next level! Instead of shapes, shift your thinking to lines and angles!

Lines can be curved, straight, or diagonal.
Angles can range from obtuse to acute angles.
Follow your intuition: what feeling do you get from each line or angle?
If I follow my own intuition, I see that:

  • curved lines = natural, soft
  • straight lines = balanced, grounded
  • diagonal lines = off-balance, in motion
  • obtuse angles = broad, relaxed
  • right angles = rigid, unnatural
  • acute angles = slim, dynamic

If this sounds familiar, you’re right! It’s just the shapes all over again: 

  • curved lines make round shapes
  • straight lines with obtuse/right angles make boxy shapes
  • diagonal lines with acute angles make triangular shapes

But lo! Since we broke the shapes into their smaller components, it’s much more flexible! Now we can use lines and angles for more complex designs:

2. Silhouette => External and Internal Silhouettes

Last time, I explained the silhouette test: if you black out the figure, it should still be readable.

Problem: blacking out the figure only tests the outline of the design, i.e. the external silhouette. But what about the inside of the design?

Solution: block in the figure and test for the internal silhouette! 

If you want not just an interesting outline, but an interesting costume, block in the major components of your design to see if it has a readable internal silhouette. This test can help you avoid boring or cluttered costumes and makes your design stand out. If your internal silhouette is too empty, try adding props or designs. If it’s too busy, simplify it.


3. Colors => Values

Last time, I talked about the 60-30-10 and 70-30 rules for color.

Problem: those rules work on the assumption that you’re only using 2 to 3 colors. But what if I want to use more colors?

Solution: good news! The same idea applies if you split your palette into 3 major values: shadows, midtones, and highlights.

Balance your palette by converting your colors to grayscale and applying the 60-30-10 rule to the values. This is related to the idea of silhouettes; if you get a nice internal silhouette, you’ll probably end up with a nicely balanced set of palette values, and vice versa.

(Fun fact! You can split your palette in different ways. In a watercolor tutorial, Miyazaki splits the palette into bright, dark, black, green 1, green 2, blue 1, and blue 2.)

4. Inspiration => References

“Good artists copy, great artists steal!” -Picasso

Problem: Coming up with something 100% original is tedious and doesn’t always give great results. It saps the inspiration right out of you!

Solution: It’s a lot easier to steal ideas from references!

Note: don’t just copy, steal! Cherry-pick/massage the aspects of the reference you find the most appealing and work them into your design. Ditch anything that you don’t care about. Make it your own! Make it something you can put your own name on! Below is the reference image I used for my designs:

And below is my fanart:

That’s it for now! Thanks for reading! If you guys want to see any other topics, feel free to ask and I can try my hand at it.

If you want to see my previous character design tips, click here.
If you want to see the full-size Power Rangers fanart lineup, click here.
If you want to see other character designs I’ve done, click here.

Skull-Kidz! Webcomic (Unofficial)

This is a practice page before I begin on actual thing. I’m going through some more test runs and seeing what needs to be changed. For sure I need to work on pacing, and making the original file size bigger for my own sake. In this page I wanted a quick action scene, with a sickly colored background.

Thank you to everyone who supported me, I’m so happy people are looking forward to my creative project. If you want to see more behind-the-scenes type of stuff then consider supporting my Patreon~!

Skull-Kidz! © ValeriaM
Patreon: [https://www.patreon.com/lunaartgallery]

“I’ve given everyone I know a good reason to go.
I was surprised you stuck around long enough to figure out
I got nothing left inside of my chest but it’s all alright…”

Now I would say, flats and gradients are where my backgrounds and colors shine. I finished up all my concept work, so I’m practicing doing some scenes.

Song: All Alright by FUN

Skull-Kidz! © ValeriaM
Patreon: [https://www.patreon.com/lunaartgallery]

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ayyy so here are some of the prehistoric gryphons I designed forever ago 

The ice age gryphon is a terror bird/saber-toothed tiger hybrid and is HUUUUGE like omg, taller than a car! She’s also big and buff and gay

The second one is some kind of pterosaur (probably a gnathosaurus or ctenochasma) and a thrinaxodon (the very first “mammal”)! He’s small and bony and eats a lot of fish!

Uh

I

may have made more skelinktons…because they’re like extremely fun to make…

Their names in order: Kaia, Neon, Stripe + Dot, and then Hal (who most of you probably already know)

I don’t have very much figured out for them yet, but I’ll get to that eventually

Skelinkton concept belongs to the hecking great @7goodangel

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500+ Follower Watercolor Raffle!

Thank you all so much! Please read the rules and guidelines to enter :

- Must be following (( I will check! ))
- Reblog to enter (( More than one RB is okay too. ))
- No NSFW winner requests. These will be denied.
- No crazy colors, please! Simple ones, because I have limited paints!
- Nothing TOO complex, please… I’m a beginning painter (๑•̥̥̥́ω•̀ू๑)

1st Prize – 1 Winner :
- One large (or small) background
- 1-3 Colors chosen for background
- One character (of your choice)

2nd Prize – 2 Winners :
- 1-2 colors of your choice
- Black silhouette (nature, characters, animals, etc…)
OPTIONAL: Have the paint “come” from a brush//object. Examples on my blog with #watercolor tag.

3rd Prize – 2 Winners :
- Simple concept (such as a shape or simple animal)
- 1-2 colors of your choice
OPTIONAL: Have the paint “come” from a brush//object. Examples on my blog with #watercolor tag.

Winners will be chosen and posted on October 6th. Once chosen, either reblog the post and//or leave a comment so I can start painting! If I do not hear from you within three days of choosing, I will pick someone else! Again, thank you all SO much for supporting my art, and hopefully, there will be more of these raffles in the future (❁´▽`❁)*✲゚*