I got bored and made a giant character generator. 7 different categories with at least 17 options each (some have more), including fantasy, sci-fi, supernatural, modern, and historical possibilities… which means that characters can get ridiculous really fast (like flamethrower-wielding, Feudal Japanese cyborg priestess with a pet unicorn). Have fun with what you get or try a few times if you want a serious character.
If you do make a character with this, tag ‘characterdesigninspiration’ so I can see them!
Such a fantastic resource!!
THERE ARE DIFFERENT KINDS OF PEONIES idk which one so i just drew the one that most people use
I’m sorry it’s no vrery detailed lies on my side
It’s not often any more that I come across tutorials on stuff I’ve never learned before but this honestly an idea/technique that’s new to me.
Without lifting the pencil from the paper.
these are amazing
oh my fuckign god
YES I NEED
from the back, the ear looks like a diaphragm! (Ask your nanna.)
handy dandy face lighting references
Where the fuck has this been all my life?
I’m so fucking glad I found this
Today I gave my students a quick presentation on some of the basic considerations for composition, which I am now sharing with you! I’ve given them separate talks about color and tonal value/contrast, which are also super important compositional concerns. (I’ll be sharing those presentations too once I properly format them)
I personally love learning about different compositional techniques. It’s fun to think about the ways that the brain views & sorts images, and how we can trick it into feeling a certain way or looking at certain aspects of an image first! It’s easy to fall into compositional ruts (which I am also guilty of) because a lot of art gets by with mediocre, though serviceable, compositions. If you can generally understand what’s happening in an image then it’s generally fine. However, it’s the truly great compositions, where everything in the whole image has been considered and ‘clicks’ together, that bump up an illustration to a visual slam dunk. NC Wyeth is one of my favorite artists for this reason: his compositions are rock solid, varied based on the image’s intent, and always enhance the mood or action he is depicting.
For extra reading, some online compositional resources that I’ve found helpful or interesting include:
Creative Illustration by Andrew Loomis (download it for FREE. Such a great book all-around.)
Gurney Journey (check out the “Composition” tag, but really everything he posts is great)
The Schweitzer guide to spotting tangents
Cinemosaic (a blog by Lou Romano with some truly WONDERFUL compositions captured from various films)
Where to Put the Cow by Anita Griffin
Refresh your knowledge of composition often; you may break some habits you didn’t know you had. (Tangents are not one of mine. I despise tangents so deeply that I became physically uncomfortable while looking at that Schweitzer guide.)