yes i now own this art in real life

tonks32  asked:

what is your advice for the best practice in designing your own characters? I"m trying to teach myself to draw and so far all I can even attempt is looking at something and replicating it. I want to be able to say hey I made that without a reference.

First of all: using references is perfectly fine. It’s been said a thousand times, but how can you draw something if you don’t know how it’s made? You look at other people - yes, pics are ok too - and you replicate them with your own style. With time and practice (a lot of time and practice), you learn to tweak features, or mix this nose with that mouth. Art takes inspiration from real life, just like novels, poems and everything else. So, never be ashamed to use references, all right?

Now… if we wanna talk about how to make an interesting character, with interesting face features, well, i’m afraid you’re asking the wrong person :P My Ellyna is basically me, with bigger eyes, squarer chin and wavy hair XD 
Most of the times I draw her (and every time I make interesting and lively portraits of her) I take pics of myself and use them as a reference.

If you’re interested in creating many characters who are not all alike, I would suggest practicing to draw a lot of different faces, especially if they’re out of your comfort zone; there are a lot of websites/blogs like that list portrait pics for exactly this use. It will help you recognize and memorize different face features, giving your brain tons of material to put together a lot of new faces :3

Well, I hope I helped you at least a little bit ^^ I wish you a lovely day, and never give up, ok? *hugs*

This June, characters and concepts from my old webcomic Parallel Dementia will return in a new webcomic called The Sword Interval.


To address a few questions I am sure some folks have:

-Doing a second comic alongside Derelict is made possible because, and this is very exciting for me, I’ll be getting a paycheck to do it through an online publisher.

-While I need a couple weeks off of Derelict right now, mostly because of some real life stuff that cropped up, the plan is to continue updating it once a week while building a buffer for the bonus pages I owe. 

-The Sword Interval is not Parallel Dementia. It’s not continuing where it left off, nor is it a reboot of the same story. While many familiar characters and concepts will be used, the plot and the world are very different and this is its own story.

-Yes, Visage is going to be in it.