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Offline Spirit

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How to draw specific characters
« on: August 31, 2010, 09:17:39 pm »
Okay, we all like cartoons. I think. But when you want to draw a certain character, and the artist's style is very different from your own, what do you do? I'm asking because I want to draw Invader Zim. If you've seen the show, if you've seen ANY of Jhonen Vasquez's works, you'll know how stylized his art is. I'm having a bit of trouble, and I want to know what everyone thinks about this kind of thing.

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Re: How to draw specific characters
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2010, 09:52:51 pm »
Tracing. You will get ALOT out of tracing, I certainly have. Find a good picture with a plain white background if possible, and a spot with awesome lighting, and stick the paper under your sketching paper(or whatever you use) and go at it.
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Re: How to draw specific characters
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2010, 02:34:29 am »
First I usually study the character by getting some references.  I look at them...LOOOOOK AT THEM!!! (sorry, channeled Zim there for a second).  I look at what makes the character--shapes, shading, coloring, etc.  Then I simplify the characters by breaking them down into basic shapes.  Invader Zim, in his alien form, is pretty much a tapered rectangle with ovals for eyes and a triangle for a body.  His "human" form is pretty much the same given that it's a mask that covers said rectangle.  

Hmm, let me try something here...



I've never drawn Zim before, but was able to do this in about five minutes.  I grabbed a random image and broke down the immediate shapes--his head and eyes.  Though his head is a rectangle, with the cell shading it turns into a cube.  His eyes are standard ovals in this sketch, though he does get some awesome square eyes when angry, plotting, yelling, or being "normal".   :D

When it comes to cartooning, remember the KISS rule--Keep It Simple, Stupid!  Everything can be broken down into basic shapes--just keep that in mind.  

I hope that helps out a little.  Good luck!
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Re: How to draw specific characters
« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2010, 08:18:17 am »
It's just that even the humans are weird looking, so I wasn't sure what he would be like in my style. I think I have an idea how to make them... A bit more of my style. Don't worry, I'm blaming it all on Zim and he's happy to take credit.  ;)