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Offline Skunkster

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« on: December 18, 2005, 09:25:41 pm »
I think I'm moving along pretty good. Can someone please post some close ups of eyes and where they go on a furry muzzle? I'm having a little trouble getting the proportions right and I think some close up sketches might help.

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« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2005, 10:48:51 pm »
The best thing to do would be to look up reference pics for the particular species you're trying to draw... real life is the best teacher. - I can only show you how I go about things, and that's only one of at least 1000 ways to do it.

Eye placement is going to vary among species. Predatory species generally have their eyes located more forward on the head to gain a better depth of field vision for hunting, while prey species tend to have them more located on either side of the head to have a better panoramic view of their surroundings to keep watch for hunters. Eye shape is also highly variable.

If you're still looking for sketches, let me know and I'll make a few to post up.

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« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2005, 11:49:51 pm »
The one I'm having the most trouble with is wolves. I've done a few wolf drawings, but on the animorphic side, I don't think I'm quite getting it, although I managed fine on my first one, all the ones since then, I'm just not getting.

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« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2005, 10:49:11 am »
That's cool. I'll sketch up a couple of wolf head for you and post them up ASAP.

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« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2005, 02:37:49 pm »
Thanks. '<img'>

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« Reply #5 on: December 19, 2005, 07:49:11 pm »
You get a twofer - I made the second one and didn't realize I had a first one until I went to upload it. I like the second one better though.

Canine Head Tutorial the Second.
Canine Head Tutorial the First

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« Reply #6 on: December 19, 2005, 08:04:18 pm »
Thanks, that's great!

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« Reply #7 on: December 20, 2005, 09:34:53 pm »
Also be sure to check out this thread.

Knowing what's underneath can often help a lot.
Checking out pictures of the particular species is also helpful. Google image search is great for that. (usually)





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« Reply #8 on: December 20, 2005, 09:43:45 pm »
I've found really good "how to draw" books for animals - check out your library, because they often have two or three different books on hand.  Usually those books will also have tips on how to shade fur, what pencils/paints are the best for each kind of fur or scales, etc.  However, if you're trying to get a cartoony style, they might not be the best choice, since the how-to-draw books usually focus on realistic styles.

For me, I tend to make muzzles way too long and gaping.  So I've learned to make my muzzles "too short", and then, when I'm finished, the muzzle looks better.  *reminds self to get a scanner*
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« Reply #9 on: December 21, 2005, 12:15:42 am »
Thanks. My style isn't totally defined yet, but it's looking more and more cartoon style the longer I go. ':p'

I have The Everything Cartoon Book and that has a whole section on furry art, although he does his feet a way I don't like. . .

I'll see what I can find at the library. I'd like to be able to eventually finish my degree in Biology and do some wildlife art as well. '<img'>

Thanks again for the tips and sites. '<img'>