THE DIGITAL DREAM WEEK SIX
A week focused on sketching my chibi character, lilSOPHIE :)
Let’s start though, by taking a look at the daily posts from The Digital Dream Photo Album on my Facebook Art Page :
I’m having so much fun creating these chibi characters :)
Believe I’ve settled on a size; I made their legs a teeny bit longer, and rounded out the chin.
I got thinking today … what if I render lilSOPHIE’s hair super realistically.
Normally chibi characters have basic flat hair, but I might try and merge my realistic drawing with lilSOPHIE :)
Started turning photos from google into chibi characters today.
Capturing the pose is really fun :)
But it’s hard to keep track of the proportions, and I really struggle to consistently draw the head the same shape.
The one on the left gives me a vibe of a really cool anime I watched years ago, called • Panty & Stocking
“IT’S INCREDIBLY RELAXING & FREEING SKETCHING lilSOPHIE“
FUN, FUN, FUN
The truth is, last week, I was in a such a confused place, dealing with the conflicting goal of learning digital and learning how to draw chibi characters, that I almost quit the challenge.
The digital dream is a 75 day challenge, taking me till the 29th December 2017, with ONE MAIN GOAL – bring lilSOPHIE to life, and a SUB GOAL – finding out if I enjoy the process of working digitally.
Last week I realised I had lost sight of the main goal and was too focused on learning digital painting. Instead of quitting, I turned it around and allowed myself to put the computer to one side for a while, focusing instead on finding out how to draw chibi characters, and what lilSOPHIE looks like; I feel I made a lot of progress in both areas this week.
A WEEK OF SKETCHING
- sketching her while on the ferry to work
- sketching her first thing in the morning in bed
- sketching her before bed at night
- sketching her on the train
- sketching her wherever and whenever I could :)
I enjoy finding poses online and trying to turn them into chibi character poses; I’ve even found myself acting out some of the poses to get a real feel for them.
I also enjoy imagining outfits and dressing her up; I’ve been basing a lot of her clothes on outfits I own :)
It’s just been a lot of fun.
“Are these technically impressive?
Probably not :(
But Does it really matter if you’re enjoying yourself?
Definitely not :)”
My feeling is, she’ll get better the more I draw her, so I focused on finding out what the basic shapes were of a chibi character, I came up with:
- HEAD : elongated CIRCLE
- NECK : tiny GAB below her chin
- BODY : BEAN shape
- ARMS : SAUSAGE shape
- HANDS : STUMPS lol
- LEGS : SAUSAGES
- FEET : STUMPS :)
The video above, CHIBI TUTORIAL! by Yamuo, really helped, giving me a good starting point for the shapes.
It’s funny, because she mentioned the bean shape of the torso, which triggered a realisation; I already knew about this shape from the Proko Figure Drawing class I purchased ages ago.
I just assumed that was only for realistic drawing; I never realised the same shape could be applied to a manga style chibi character.
I haven’t really focused on her face yet, like the eyes or mouth, as I didn’t want to try and learn too much at once; so in a way her eyes are only place holder at the moment, but I imagine they’ll be similar to lilSOPHIE’s final eyes, just refined a bit.
I did dabble a lil bit on the computer, turning one of the sketches into a digital sketch … but this was much harder than I expected.
While it didn’t have the same nice feeling as pencil sketching, it did highlight how cool it is to work digitally … like being able to change the colour of her hair instantly; digital really allows you to play around and experiment with things.
I imagine in the future I’ll do the sketch with pencils, than scan her into the computer to do the final colour and stuff :)
The plan for next week is more of the same, stick with the pencils and continue to sketch lilSOPHIE, finding out what she looks like more and more. I might spend a day drawing her eyes over and over again too, in different poses to try and work out how they’ll look.
Be sure to check out my Facebook Art Page / Digital Dream Album – which gets updated daily :)
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