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
Part 1: What is Drawing?
This is how I've come to understand the act of drawing. Its best to first set the semantics (the specific meaning of the words) straight, so there are no crossed purposes.
By 'drawing' I mean loosely the act of making visually representative marks on a surface.
Anyone can draw. Anyone can attempt to recreate what they see in front of them - or a scene they imagine - by making marks on a piece of paper. If you hear someone say "I can't draw", slap them for me. As long as they have a moving part to which a pencil can be taped, they can draw.
However, "attempt" is the operative word here... because that's all a
Well, several things that you should know:
1) I DON'T WANT SUMMER TO END~!
2) When you buy the supplies to ink comics (nibs, plastic pen, ink well, etc) MAKE SURE YOU ALSO BUY BRISTOL BOARD. IF YOU DON'T, WELL, NICE JOB.
3) Practice, Practice, Practice! (Not that I haven't been practicing, quite the opposite, its just good to repeat.)
Got an art board today. YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW MUCH THIS IMPROVES THINGS.
Goodbye, lower back and neck pain! :D
... Has literally one person seen one of mypictures since I uploaded? I guess its better than nothing.
Hopefully with art board and the easel, I can make much more high quality artwork faster, easier, and just have a lot more fun.