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#1 Mr_P3rf3ct   Members   


Posted 13 February 2013 - 11:26 AM

I drew a character for my 3d modeler. The problem comes in, with the fact that I can't draw the same character from side view and have all the features match up. I'm pretty sure there are some tips or tricks that help with this kind of thing. I'll even post the picture here.



Umm, if you don't like how I draw that's fine. I don't need to hear that. I didn't ask for opinions on my artwork. Just info on how to make the side view line up. 



Thanks in advance.



#2 JTippetts   Moderators   


Posted 13 February 2013 - 11:54 AM

You can very lightly sketch some guidelines from your frontal view to help in placement. Just rule them out straight and parallel, then use them as a guide.


However, there really is no magic trick other than lots and lots of practice, and lots of looking at reference. (Don't skip the reference part.) Musculature and other aspects of anatomy look different depending on how you view it, so you need to get used to looking at it and visualizing it from many different directions.

#3 robindejongh   Members   


Posted 13 February 2013 - 01:47 PM

There's two easy ways to do it, or a combination of the two:

  1. Buy a small (A4/letter or A3) drawing board or parallel ruler (one with a roller in it). Draw the front view, then use a mechanical pencil and draw feint horizontal lines at each relevant point - e.g. top of head, bottom of chin, middle of mouth, middle of eyes etc. Then draw the side view making sure each respective point lines up.
  2. Draw both front and side view by eye. Scan and import into GIMP or Photoshop. Create rulers/construction-lines as before, and use the various tools to stretch parts of the side view to fit the front view.

GIMP: www.gimp.org/

Drawing board http://www.euroffice.co.uk/i/3n91/Rotring-College-Drawing-Board-A3-Ref-S0314150

Rollingr ruler: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B000NM90EW/

#4 Mratthew   Members   


Posted 13 February 2013 - 08:48 PM

This isn't a knock against your drawing, please read the whole post. I would suggest checking out some anatomy reference to decide on the 3D shapes (sphere, cylander, cube, etc) of certain details of your drawing to help decide how they would look from other angles. Keep in mind 2D illustrations are a depiction of a 3D world, if you look, everything can be simplified into simple shapes. Many painters draw a carrot shape (up side down cone) for people in the distance.

An exercise to help with deciding on the character's features in profile is to assign shapes to the difference parts. Take a tracing paper and use a light table (your window on a sunny day, etc) to trace over your character and loosely sketch 3D shapes to represent the major parts and the minor features of the character. These decisions will help to determine how the profile of the character should look. Use other drawings like yours to help this process as well. Since other artists will have nailed down some appealing shapes already that you can take and alter or just use.

An artist's most powerful tool is reference.

Edited by Mratthew, 13 February 2013 - 10:11 PM.

#5 BCullis   Members   


Posted 14 February 2013 - 11:40 AM

I'll second that digital tools can be immensely helpful here (even if just in terms of workflow pace).  Especially if you can work in layers or with shape-tweaking tools.  Barring those options, light tables and tracing paper or just faint guidelines will work.


The nice thing about porting character sheets into 3D is that they're individually scalable and translatable, so even if you didn't perfectly line them up, but did keep the features in a similar ratio, the modeler can probably work close enough to that.  They're artists themselves, y'know ;)

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#6 MrDaaark   Members   


Posted 14 February 2013 - 12:00 PM

You have many options here:

If you go to deviant art, you can search for figure templates there. Find something that matches your preferred proportions and draw your unique features on top of it. Then you can draw your characters face and skull shape and stuff and let the modeler interpret it. Here are 2 random ones that I like

Decide how many heads tall your character is, then draw lines across a sheet of paper. Put that paper UNDER the paper you are going to draw on, and then just match things up as you draw. If you didn't know, all drawn figures are measured as 'heads tall'. An average person is considered 5 r 6 heads tall. A huge person can be 8 heads tall. Cartoon or chibi like characters can be 3 or 4 heads tall.

Check out Concept Cookie and learn from their tutorials.

#7 Mr_P3rf3ct   Members   


Posted 14 February 2013 - 06:22 PM

Wow that was a big turn out! You guys all have nice advice. I appreciate it, I really do. I'm going to take note of the options listed and put them in effect tomorrow night, if not tomorrow morning. Thanks guys! GameDev is filled with helpful people. So glad I made a profile here. (^_^)

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