This is still one of my least favorite ways of doing stuff, which is why I like it so much. So let’s go through the basics of drawing people and give you a few tips if you want to follow along with the process from start to finish.
When going through a drawing, we want to start making note of the size of the models in the drawing. This is probably the biggest number we will be checking as we start making note of the models, as it tells us how much the size of models/models can translate to the size of a particular area of the model. This is a very important number because if it’s too small, a lot of the information will be lost. Also, if it’s too large, a person will look like a giant, and won’t look as good as he/she could be as you draw their limbs and how they move.
For example, a woman with an even proportioned torso, a small head, and short legs. To get this look, I’d use a small eye, a large mouth and big breasts. In this first example, we’re going to make note of the torso size as 30cm (14 inches).
When it comes time to start filling in the models on the body, we also want to start using little dots. This is an easy technique to use because it’s simply using the line tool to draw a small line in the area that we want to be filled in. You can learn very quickly that you can fill in a very small amount of line using a line. In this example, we’re going to fill in just about two-thirds of the body. In another example, we would fill in only about one third of the body. Again, it’s very easy to just stop and wait for other things to fill in the space you made.
The next couple steps in drawing a character are called drawing folds or lines in the body. They’re all pretty easy, especially once you learn to use the line tool at first, and also get a feel for the process of drawing folds. They are the same basic procedure with how we draw the face. Again, we want to start with a rectangle in the body. While we’re at it, we want to draw in some folds around the torso and neck (in this first case it’s not so important who fills those spots, but it’s important for us to understand them). To bring up the drawing, press ‘Shift’. There will now be a large white rectangle at the top of the drawing that reads “WETTBL”.
We’re going to start drawing some tiny white lines in the folds and begin outlining them. In the second image, we’re going to start at the center of the body and cut down to the inside. This will give us less details since we want to be able to see most of the skin while we’re drawing.
We’re also going to start drawing in lines that go down the body toward the hips. The trick with these smaller lines is that they’re the same distance from an outside edge, but smaller than the lines we’re drawing through the body. It’s easier to start with shorter lines and cut off more from the inside of the body. In the next series of examples, the edges will be more detailed and cut off, and we’ll start at the center of the body. At this point, you can begin to fill the gaps in the lines. In the image above, we’re going to use a long line to cut of the shoulders in the center and extend over some of the body. In the image below, from the top, we continue cutting off lines along the top. We’re going to move the line around until we have something that looks like we’re drawing in the body from the neck down.
In general, the general technique here is that we’re going keep our drawings as crisp as possible and not bother with any big strokes or long lines, in most of the instances. We don’t want to be rushed, but we also don’t want to try to fill in areas we don’t need to fill in. We’ll just start with the outer skin, then the neck, then the legs and finally the face.
In these next two examples, we’ll start with drawing the lines we do want to go along. This is done by going to the Appearance tab of the main panel and selecting Stroke 1 on the left hand side. You can add some other types of strokes on the line tool to help in this process, but I’ve started out by just using the stroke. I also tend to draw in lines to see what will happen, and I draw in larger pieces that are less than a second big and small.