joanosaurus: Dear Kadi! I love your art so much, it makes me SO happy because it's everything I want to be able to do - the character design, coloring, lines - everything. I have a question I hope you can help me with: I really love inventing characters but I CAN'T draw them more than once, they always look different the 2nd, 3rd, 4th time. I've tried drawing "studies" of them to get a grip on their facial structure but not even THAT works! What do I do? Do you have any tips? Thank you and goodbye <3
Ahhh i missed this ask! What a terrible person D: I’m super glad you’re enjoying what I’m producing, it makes the producing all the more easy!
See, the thing with characters? They’re going to look different the 50th and 60th time too if you’re just drawing characters! Tammy didn’t get nailed down in SIX YEARS until I dropped her in the comic and was like OK. WE HAVE A FINITE AMOUNT OF TIME TO FINALIZE DESIGNS. The issue you’re running in to is that every time you draw something, you learn something new, and the next picture you apply that knowledge to and learn something else, and sometimes you can go off on tangents and then end up back where you first started practically (me). It’s not really a bad thing, but if you want to learn how to draw “on model” your best bet is to start trying to replicate designs not your own, because you’re studying choices made by other artists. That way, you’re not also trying to get better at the same time you’re trying to draw consistently!
pinterest.com/characterdesigh is a good place to look for model sheets. Pick a character, trace from the sheets a few times to get their shape language and start doing exploratory sketches of poses or emotions that differ from what is on the model sheets. What you’re aiming to do is draw just like what the show looks like. I’ve seen a bunch of stephen universe and adventure time sheets floating around here on tumblr and everything is amazingly on model. This is more for like, how to draw more consistent for industry standards, but on a more personal note on how to draw characters consistently:
*break the character down in to shapes, figure out where each piece goes relative to another piece— for example, tammy’s head is a squared circle, her eyes are circles and her nose is a triangle, and they all fit on her face sort of in the middle. Took a while to get her forehead ratio sort of correct!
*draw a modelpack of said character, with a turnaround, expressions and poses, and tack it on your desk or above your computer, and constantly refer to it.
I’m honestly not worried too much about consistency with my comic because I’m drawing it just as much for my own artistic growth as I am for everyone else, so yeah, Tammy is probably going to look different at the end!!! And I’m ok with that. <3