Unique Character Design TipsMore Like This
In my opinion, these are the most important factors in any character design: color, concept, shape, simplicity, cohesiveness, repeatability, personality and uniqueness.
Color: Any design with colors all over the place creates too many places for the eye to look. Keep your color design very simple and zen. Looking at the colors shouldn't be jarring or confusing. This isn't to say only use one color, not at all, but try to make sure the ones you use are harmonious. Avoid mixing and matching different saturations of the same color or picking colors that clash with one another.
My rule of thumb: Stick to no more than three base colors and some value variations.
Concept: Your design should have inspiration, even if the inspiration is just your intended character's personality or an interesting object that represents them. Your character could be a bookworm, and that would impact her posture, her clothing, her hairstyle...pretty much everything about her! You can design
Lineart With a Mouse TutorialSince I don't know how to do the column tutorial with pics and stuff I made a video+ sorry for the utter lateness!More Like This
I hope you find it useful and have a nice day!
Art + Anatomy book Recommendations15 books I recommend for anatomy, art fundamental study and art inspiration. Please note that these are simply my personal recommendations and books that's helped me a lot in the past.More Like This
I've taken photos for these books, so Here's a less image-heavy list (on tumblr)
This took so much longer than I first anticipated so I really hope people find this helpful cause, seriously, spending 3 days on this does not feel like it was worth it
edit: I'm putting the tl;dr list here first as a preview of the books I'm recommending.
TL;DR List of books
An Atlas of Anatomy for Artists
The Art of Animal Drawing
Anatomy for the Artist
[FAQ: On adoptables]Ok, so a couple months now some of my friends/fans/watchers, have been asking me questions along the lines of "How do I improve my adopts?" "How do I sell my adopts?" "What sells?" etc. etc. And for once, I'm going to go ahead and answer those questions to the best of my ability!More Like This
How do I improve my adopts?
I sort of noticed, my adopts improve with my art. If you look at the meme I did here http://tamakostar21.deviantart.com/art/2007-2013-Summary-of-Art-383519683
you can see how much my art's improved since 2011. I started doing adopts really in 2011 too.
I had my first adopt account then and I basically sold my adopts for 15 , sometimes I got sales sometimes
I didn't. The next year, I made another adoptable account, I upped my prices to 50-100 , still not much
but I got a lot more sales. 2013, which is now, I hit a design and overall art epiphany and then my adopts improved
and I got a lot more sales than I expected. So I guess, focus on your art ove