BUT NO in all seriousness, thank you! You’re a sweetheart! ;O; Proportions are pretty awful to get down when you’re just starting out, and while there are a bunch of ways you can start practicing with it, it’ll be difficult to be absolutely precise. I still struggle with proportions occasionally. Fun fact: I don’t post all of my work. I only post the work that turned out okay aHA. So basically don’t be frustrated when every single piece doesn’t turn out. Here are a few tips.
Let’s use this picture of Laurence and Hugh because why not.
They’ve both got eyes, a nose, and a mouth, so why do they look different?
These lines are the generic way of mapping out where to put things together. I used this when I was starting out and it’s a helpful way of getting your hand and wrist to work together. At this point they both nearly look the same. I say this a lot, but I think it’s important: shape is what puts a drawing together.
Compare features of the face to help you figure out placement.
The bottom of his ear lines up right to the middle of his nostril. His tear ducts line up right at the corners of his mouth. Then you can get super technical and say, oh, the outer corner of his eye lines up with that fold in his collar and then from there you can see other things like the approximate distance from the edge of his mouth to that connecting line from the eye to the collar. They don’t meet so his mouth is smaller than the width of his eyes, etc, etc. Whatever works, man.
This is a favorite technique of mine so lemme use another example:
Eventually you get to the point where most of your proportional accuracy will come from just looking. You will eventually adjust your eye to see what makes a person who they are by the shape of their features.
Laurence has narrow, oval shaped eyes, while Hugh has more of a diamond shape. Not everyone has perfect almond shaped eyes. You can capture an entire character personality through their eyes alone, so shaping them out is extremely important.
The way you draw your lines is also important. Sharp and smooth lines will give your drawing personality. Reveals the character, in a sense.
Other things to consider: the shape of the nose.
Mads’ is flat and goes down in a steady slope, while Hugh’s juts out in a smooth, almost concave curve.
SHAPES SHAPES SHAPES. Use shapes and structure to find proportion.
I did a lot more than I anticipated omg. Oh gosh and I have a feeling I kinda just rambled and didn’T MAKE ANY SENSE AH. Let me know if you need more help or if I was speaking gibberish I am so bad at putting my thoughts into words aHHHH. But gosh I hope this was at least vaguely helpful. You’re a darling and thank you for your kind words!
Good luck on your artistic endeavors! /hugs
I’m completely honored ♥ Thank you so much for the feature.
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Moon flowers, yes? My grandmother loved these, we have them planted in our garden :)
looks like something out of Coraline :o
I have a story. We used to have a bunch of these outside our house. They really do open up like this as soon as it gets dark and they release this wonderful smell. My family used to go outside every day and watch them open. But what they don’t tell you is that bugs love them. When it gets hot out they’ll crawl inside them to keep cool. So one day little me, I was probably like 13, put my nose right down by it so I could smell it as it was opening… and a huge ass jumping spider launched itself at my face. Don’t trust the moon flowers. They’re full of horror.
That’s true in more ways than one. Moonflowers are actually datura - angel’s trumpets. They’re very toxic, and have been use for hundreds of years as a poison and hallucinogen.
New artwork, very happy with this one, good fun doing it!
This is one of the best design lessons you can ever learn. Straights vs. curves.
gfghhff those illustrationsss hffff
i always keep this in mind when designing characters or just drawing anything. it really is one the best things you can ever know.
aaahhh!! So beautiful and insightful
Since I recently reached 1000 followers, I decided to put out a resource pack for all of you. Now, I’ve literally never done this before, so if it sucks, I’m sorry. Essentially, I tried to gather everything I thought would be relevant that I had on my computer and put them into a .zip file for you to download. As it is now, it’s about 1GB big, and contains the following:
♚┋3 BRUSH SETS
♚┋45 CHARACTER PSDs
♚┋44 COLOUR MATCHES
♚┋37 COLOUR SCHEMES
♚┋11 COLOURING PSDs
♚┋29 RANDOM PSDs
♚┋750MB RESOURCES (not mine)
♚┋52 VECTOR BANNERS
Thank you so much for following me, especially considering I accidentally deleted my last account (which had over 2000 followers at the time). I hope I don’t disappoint you in any way on your dashboard, and I’ll keep trying to put out things that’ll help someone, somewhere.