freeglassart asked:

You may get asked this a lot, so please excuse my ignorance - but how do you go about constructing character expressions and body language and such? Thanks!


Besides The Basics (construction of heads and skulls and muscles and skeletons and how they move), I’ll go over some things I’ve been trying to work on myself lately:

1. Treat expressions as a single gesture of the face/head, as opposed to a head and then individual features dumped on a plate and arranged into an expression.

First, just get down the big shapes of your expression, just like you would for a pose.  

So say I wanna do a low angle angry pose.  I know the features are gonna be all mashed down at the bottom because of perspective.

 Scribble it down


start to put on features


fix stuff


put on more stuff


fix stuff again


erasing and flipping and stuff a whole bunch until you are happy with it or stop caring

Whole head is a gesture!image


2. Just like a facial expression, jot down where the important parts of an entire pose goes first.  You can force the rest of the body to fit the pose.

So here I knew I wanted the shoulders tilted a certain direction, and te hand to be in that particular position in front of her face. 




That’s the simplest explanation I got.  Don’t be afraid to push and pull faces and bodies around! Worry about being “on model” last!

Anonymous asked:

hey do you have any tips or advice for face proportions? Im really struggling to make them more realistic but they always end more toony then id like


i’m the last person you’d want to ask for help anon the best advice i can give you is practice practice practice but maybe this might help: try focusing on the shapes. when i draw/sketch, i draw with… well, shapes; i look at the drawing and try to envision it in planes… you know:

ok that wasn’t very helpful but you know what i forgot i was making a progress/tutorial pic and dicked around/experimented with the last bit. this is why i should never be asked for help/become a teacher of any sort and idk if you can see it but there’s probably a reason why my sketches/art usually looks… clean/slightly controlled? it’s because i draw with shapes vs. just laying down shadows IT’S JUST SOMETHING YOU ADAPT AND MASTER THRU LOTS OF PRACTICE (also, different lighting affects the form so keep that in mind B’0)

have you ever tried painting in greyscale and then deciding you wanted to paint in color so you slap some color on and went from there? yeah 0/10 not recommended unless you’re going for a particular style (ex: adam hughes comic book art or smt) bc i’m used to painting with straight up color:

alt you can always practice simplifying facial structure with a basic brush to get a feel for faces

tldr no i do not have any particular tips besides “SHAPES” and “STUDIES” but i wish you the best of luck anon

actually you know what would help? modeling faces in a 3d modeling program - THAT’S WHAT I WAS GOING FOR: drawing faces (and anything, really) is like sculpting and carving out a block

Prompt Set #187


This prompt set can serve for your inspiration directly or as an askbox meme :)

  1. Have you ever felt such anger?
  2. Can he get more obnoxious?
  3. I watch the world fall apart.
  4. Let’s concentrate.
  5. Is this what you’d you like?
  6. This is too artistic.
  7. Please, agree with me.
  8. You never thought about it, did you?
  9. Identify your needs.
  10. Hold back when you do that.


consider the following aus

  • "we wore matching halloween costumes to this party" au
  • "we’re the only ones who didn’t get the email about class being canceled" au
  • "tried to get the candy bar that didn’t drop out of the vending machine and now my hand is stuck can u help me out" au
  • "we’re the only ones on campus who didn’t go home for christmas" au
  • "we both got in separate bar fights downtown and now we’re waiting in the ER comparing stories" au
  • "accidentally fell in your lap while standing on this crowded bus" au
  • "can u help me sneak my cat into my dorm" au
  • "accidentally got assigned the same library study room so I guess we’ll have to share for the semester" au
  • "It’s raining and u forgot your umbrella so come over and stand under mine while we wait for the bus" au
  • "I rented the apartment above your flower shop and in the last two months you’ve gotten a new flower I’m allergic to so I keep buying bouquets until I can figure out which kind it is" au