Due to requests, here is a tutorial that will teach you the basic idea of how SD (Super Deformed) mecha should be proportioned. Please forgive the crappy quality of this tutorial, first on the quality of the images. Second, on the quality of the writing.
First and foremost. This tutorial is a guide. By no means is the art of squishing and deforming characters set to one orthodox method. But what this tutorial will do is give you the basics.
So to get things started. The biggest thing about chibis is knowing your proportions.
I know it sounds weird to even bother thinking of proportions for something like that, but it's true even for chibi stuff.
For this tutorial, we'll be using Getter 2 as an example. Forgive the crude quality but I sketched these during class.
Basically the proportions for a chibi are the reverse of normal proportions. Essentially, the main proportions can be reduced to the Head, Body/Torso, and Legs. Take the rough size of these proportions and flip them around. Those are basic Super Deformed proportions. The length of space you'd give to the legs, give that to the head now. Stretch out the chest to compensate for the huge head. And then squish and stubby the legs. That's the core of classic chibi proportions. The classic proportions are most well known for the old SD Gundam illustrations (back when they had googly eyes).
From there it's just a matter of exaggerating key features to make them look amusing and/or cute. Like making the eyes ridiculously huge, or taking some key factor you identify the character with and just doing something weird with it like making it either super tiny for an "awww" effect, or ridiculously huge to bring attention to it. This is mostly learned through intuition and practice. There's no real set focus on what you should exaggerate exactly. Though generally you want to emphasize the eyes.
Now these proportions are just the basics. Most of the SDs I draw are using the recent Super Robot Wars proportions. These proportions are noticably different from the classic ones in that the character's legs are given more emphasis and the head size has been toned down a bit. I like to call this style of proportions, "Toddler Deformed" because it reminds me roughly of the proportions of a small child.
I hope this guide has shed some light on how you should be emphasising and proportioning parts when making SD's. But remember. Even with these proportions, the entire point of SD's and chibis is to be cute!! So long as it looks small, midgety, and goofy. Your SD/chibi has done its job.
I dunno, he's been an idea I've had forever, but I do need the money. But I'm growing attatched. .n.
Anywho, this is my apparition dude Tianto. He eats souls, and is creepy. Again, he's been an idea of mine forever, since I wanted to make a character based off of the TP monsters. It's weird how my thoughts of characters are so weird and scrambled, and then I put them on paper and they're nothing like my mental image. xD
I still like him though.
Here's his theme song, since I listened to it over 9000 times while making this, and P-tree's an awesome band, and it fits the creepiness: [link] ...and that's only half of the song, I'm pr'y sure.
Durp de dur, if you're superinterested in him, I might sell him, but since my adoptions never go too well, I'm assuming he's going to be mine. <:
Let's see one of youse bitches draw him correctly. I'll be damned if you do. Because barely anyone gets my characters right. ._.
Because I couldn't find an up to date tutorial on this, it took me ages to figure out how to do it and get it working. If you have tried to previously install any other blender2pmd tools, uncheck them before enabling meshio, or else it won't work.
A lot of peps have been wondering how I do my artwork as well as how I do it so fast lol. Here's how and why~
Not gonna go over it of course haha. I may plan on doing a comic tutorial if peps are interested, but only after finals are done. Speaking of finals... seriously bad time to get sick lol.
And yes, my hair is just around my shoulders (gonna cut it around February). Personally, I don't really like long hair, so I always keep mine short. If it's long enough, it's common of me to put it up in a bun har har~
This is not really a tutorial, so much as an explanation of how I find myself working these days. I’d like to start doing some tutorials/explanations of how I work and how I come up with designs in case in might be of use to someone. I will probably expand this description soon, but I wanted to get it out there before the end of my vacation.
Downloading the full sized image should show the steps better.
People have been asking here and on other sites on how I went about doing this robot. Thought it would be easier to show.
Now this is more like a little sneak peak at my work flow, then a full step by step tutorial(That would be impossible to get down into one picture). This is more for people who already have some basic knowledge in Zbrush and standard 3D graphic software.
If you have more specific questions please feel free to ask and I'll try to help.
What a lot of people don't understand when they're drawing humanoid bipedal mech is that they have to treat as if it is a bipedal humanoid. The very same drawing rules that apply to the figure drawing you do apply to drawing mechs as well. The only difference is that the mech involves a lot of intersecting straight lines in 3D space, a headache for anyone not well practiced in being able to visualize perspective properly (I'll tackle simple perspective right after this). Another problem is that since most mechs are very intricate in their details, from certain panel line patterns to armor placement, many beginning mech artists pay too much attention to these "decorations" instead of making sure that the figure beneath it is sound and letting the details take care of themselves. So, without further ado, let's take a try at drawin a mech with a simple figure that has a decent amount of surface detail to demonstrate the way I find works for producing good looking profile pics for mechs (being able to draw action pics builds on the things learnt from this lesson).
Start off lightly sketching a stick/skeleton to help visualize the figure as a whole. Is the pose what you want? Are the proportions from joint to joint and mass to mass correct? Will the picture fit in the space you want? etc. You can also start to block in certain parts at this stage as I have. With Gundam type mechs as I'm doing here, often the calf is exagerrated while the thigh is shortened slightly, as is done here.
Now that the pose is correct, we can start to put the armor on. Don't worry about the detail on the armor yet, just make sure that all the amor have correct reference points and that all their perspectives are properly lined up.
Start sketching in roughly where you want the details to go. Don't worry about getting them perfect now, cause then you probably won't get them perfect later. Find the right time to peak, so to say.
On top of your rough sketch, start putting done your good lines. Let the feel of the sketch guide you, let the design flow and come out by itself. Don't force any parts where they don't belong. Be careful to balance negative space(white) with positives space(black lines). Once you've finished, you can get rid of your sketch lines and start coloring.
Now, there is no right way to color a mech. You could go for cel shading, or comic tones, or computer coloring, maybe even painting it like Cass does. Doesn't matter. Just try to get a color scheme that makes you happy but isn't gaudy. Even with color, this seems a bit plain. Let's stick in some weapons.
Again, just lightly sketch in the general shape and idea of the weapons, not worrying about the final product but rather letting the design flow through.
Almost done. All we have to do now is add some color to those weapons. Also, the white background is a bit drab, so let's add a quick colored one.