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Character Mentor 02 by AngelCrusher Character Mentor 02 by AngelCrusher
Ok, firstly, I havent proof read this, so if there are mistakes, I dont care. lol

:iconqueenbex: took me up on my free Character Mentor service as I build up some examples to show people so that I can eventually charge them. :P

She asked if I could take a look at her character, The History Teacher!


So I looked at the structure of her drawing, explained how I would make it better and how just tweaking her drawing made a big difference, not me just redrawing it. I showed how the silhouette of the drawing is important for the drawing to read better, and finally I redesigned the character, incorporating the notes I had made already but also including design notes to make the design and character a lot stronger and more concise.

So there we go. Lesson over. For extra homework, check back to the first class.
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QueenBex Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Awesome!
I'll be honest I tried the whole stick man skeleton thing AGES ago and could never get my head wrapped around it, good to know the proper position of the eyes though.

I definately agree about the bendy knees, need to establish more knees in my characters :lol: and a good point about overlapping lines for the bends, which I have actually started to try out on some things.

Feet! Feet are my biggest enemy! Whatever I do I can't seem to get them right, I always worry about where to put them, perspectives and things, especially bare feet and getting the toes right.

Awesome redesign, great point about the moustache and the glasses are very sinister and more studious reminding me of a mad scientist, which works well for a mad teacher...

I had the jeans there as I had the thought of a hopeless villain trying to create his own costume from the odd bits he could find. Having a complete gladiator look works well and gives him a stronger look.

Another great point about using more simple colours, the darker colours work well to reinforce the villainy!

Thanks for the great tips, you've gone about this in a way that I can fully understand, I look at some tutorials and have no idea what their talking about but you have done superbly! Its great to get some feedback and some very handy tips and be safe in the knowledge that you've respected me and my character. I can very well ignore your advice or take it or take some bits and leave others, it has also given me ideas! Which is a very good thing indeed!
I'm happy that it seems that I'm not too hopeless and not too far off the mark as you proved with those minor tweaks, I was amazed!

You have here a very useful service, superbly done! If I were you I'd charge about $10. No refunds for those who take it personally and start ranting and raving at you! ;)
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AngelCrusher Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I use the stickman technique for a very basic and quick layout, but always find it changes and adapts as you begin skinning it with shapes and form of the body, and thats no bad thing. Always have your rubber handy to make changes, or just scribble harder with your pencil (which is mostly how I do it lol)

I hate feet too. There are great references on dA and in some 'how to draw' books, but I think its important for drawing a straight on character, at least show 1 foot flat on the ground.

Glad you like the redesign and the reasoning behind some of the design choices. In no way am I saying that things need to change, but it just gives you something to think about so that every design elements have a thought process. I understand the jeans idea, but because the rest of the design doesn't look thrown together the idea doesnt quite work. Maybe if he had like army trousers, some sort of officers cap and weapons that aren't gladiatorial, so he looks like he is wearing a mix of history, then that idea and design element works better. But be wary of the colour. Random stuff can look fun, but then random colours can look awful and garish. So keeping a colour scheme running throughout will look nicer.

If the character was cartoony, goofy and a terrible villain, then the more randomness, and the stupider he looked, then the better, but I dont think thats the case with what you were want to do.

Thanks for the kinds words and I am pleased you understood things I was trying to say, and you have every right to ignore them. The point isn't to change the design because of what I said, but just get ideas going.

And thanks for saying thats its a $10 service as opposed to the initial $5 I thought of charging. Admittedly this took a lot longer and was more towards 2 hours with all the write up, so $10 is probably better, but as long as people are reacting to the comments just like you have, then it seems worth it.

Thanks for taking part. :)
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QueenBex Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Of course some things are my own personal style but I've found I'm thinking about and using some of your suggestions a bit more. Thankyou again for this and I hope this makes you a nice bit of money! ;)
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AngelCrusher Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Professional Filmographer
No problem, I have seen in thumbnails of your deviations that I have been meaning to comment on that I could already see improvement, with feet positioning and the silhouette. I'll comment on the actual deviations in detail later though. ^_^

And thanks. I have had some interest. Still only $5 a pop so not making much, but I enjoy helping and like that people trust me in helping them.
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QueenBex Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! Its certainly helping in the big fan art pieces I'm drawing for Dollar Fighter! :)

Sounds good, probably won't be too long before I commission another big piece from you... ;)
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AngelCrusher Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Professional Filmographer
oh well that would be too kind of you.
Looking forward to seeing future big pieces from you. :)
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QueenBex Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
still thinking of what I can get you to do...:hmm:
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AngelCrusher Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Professional Filmographer
haha no worries, no rush. ;)
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ZombieTaxi Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
I love the colour palette on the redesign!
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AngelCrusher Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks :)
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