Okay, I've done some refurbishing of my art topic here.
One of the main reasons, was me offering tips and how I go about drawing my art. So rather than clutter other folks topics with my stuff, I'll use my own area to show off some things and hope for the best.
Are you ready?
First I'm going to cover your average Sonic character. But before I do that, I should refer you to a good friend of mines own tutorial, as my style has somewhat evolved with her help.
Chibi-Jen-Hen's "How To Draw Mighty...sorta" http://chibi-jen-hen...-sorta-25248939
Strangely, it never occured to me 6 years ago to start a drawing with simple shapes. But now after seeing this and alot
of How To Draw Manga books, I do it all the time, and would suggest for anyone else to do the same.
So hopefully you are now familier with "Lines The Stickhog"
That's what I dubbed this guy...I have no idea why...
If you checked the tutorial, you'll know he's basically:
~A big circle for the head
~A small oval body
~Lines for arms and legs
~Circles for hands and triangles for feet
~An oval shape for the centre of the muzzle drawing the cheeks from it
This basic setup can be used for a large number of the Sonic cast, whether they be from game, cartoon or comic.
If it will help, use a lighter pencil to plan out the shape of the character and the pose like this and use a darker pencil to complete details and features. I used to do that at first, although I did go through pencils twice as fast, and after a certain amount of sharpening they become useless...
Any professional would tell you that you must never
draw a character in a plain standing pose as I've shown here. If I was to finish it, the art community would pwn me. So experiment with poses, as long as your drawing lightly, any mistake can be fixed without ever knowing it was there.
Here's some rough sketch poses and the characters they became: Classic Espio The Chameleon:
This pose was to emulate how he would run on Knuckles Chaotix, and because he can scale walls, that's why he's at this angle. I also added rounded rectangles for the wrists and ankles, to help shape the gloves and shoes. StCs Turbo:
By having his feet pointing either up or down gives the impression they are in midair. Also a second slightly larger circle was added to shape his helmet. Sonic Xs Dark (Super) Sonic:
Never be afraid to show a character from other angles or expanding on a plain. A person is rarely ever completely straight as you look at them, having an arm and a leg in front of the rest of the body is normal. But it is tricky to master, yet it'll be worth it, otherwise you risk your drawings looking like a Seth Macfarlane cartoon.
Once you've mastered the basic shape you can try different types of characters from Sonics large roster that would require some special touches like: AoStHs Merna The Merhog:
The head is done exactly the same while for her femine body I used a diamond shape and the typical fish tail for the...well...tail. StCs Simpson The Cat:
This time the body is a circle. It sould be important to note if you wish to draw Sonic and Co the classic way, than a circle for the body is your best move. While a series of different shapes was connected to form his...unique shaped head.
As confidence grows so should your experimentation: Dr. Robotnik's MBMs Arms & Dynamight:
Completely different from the others, but if you stick to simple shapes to help form the bodies and poses, you should be fine. Classic Tails, Blacksmith & Ali Baba:
Group poses bring the new problem of scale, make sure you understand the height of a character compared to another. With this example Classic Tails is obviously the smallest.
On a side note, I made a couple of typical mistakes on this sheet of paper.
As you can see, Arms and Ali Baba overlap and also Ali Baba is partially cut off the edge of the paper. If you digitally colour in your pictures like I do, software like Photoshop is good for fixing them. With help from the "Pen Tool" the lines that were cut off can be digitally added and also when doing the Line Art over digitally you can seperate the overlaping lines with help from the "layers" function.
That'll hafta do for now, I hope this helps someone, or I just wasted 2 hours for nothing. lol
Any questions? Problems? Like me to cover a certain subject? Just ask! Next Time: I'll cover the dreaded hands and a typical Anime face. Don't miss it!!