Anonymous asked:

do you have any advise for coloring darker skin tones?

foervraengd answered:

  • Dark skin have “stronger” highlights, but they’re at the same time not “larger”.
  • Cooler hues like blue and low-saturated purple works well as a base color and for shadows.
  • Don’t be afraid to add some red tones on cheeks and lips etc, just don’t use light pink for that.
  • Read This tumblr post in how to avoid whitewashing the skintone. (it’s mainly about photo-editing but useful for artists as well)

When in doubt, use a reference:

(by Nathan Fowkes. His blog is great source for inspiring colors!)

I threw together a step-by-step in how I sometimes paint dark skin, I hope it’ll help you out: 

^ sketch set to multiply.


freeglassart asked:

You may get asked this a lot, so please excuse my ignorance - but how do you go about constructing character expressions and body language and such? Thanks!

makanidotdot answered:

Besides The Basics (construction of heads and skulls and muscles and skeletons and how they move), I’ll go over some things I’ve been trying to work on myself lately:

1. Treat expressions as a single gesture of the face/head, as opposed to a head and then individual features dumped on a plate and arranged into an expression.

First, just get down the big shapes of your expression, just like you would for a pose.  

So say I wanna do a low angle angry pose.  I know the features are gonna be all mashed down at the bottom because of perspective.

 Scribble it down


start to put on features


fix stuff


put on more stuff


fix stuff again


erasing and flipping and stuff a whole bunch until you are happy with it or stop caring

Whole head is a gesture!image


2. Just like a facial expression, jot down where the important parts of an entire pose goes first.  You can force the rest of the body to fit the pose.

So here I knew I wanted the shoulders tilted a certain direction, and te hand to be in that particular position in front of her face. 




That’s the simplest explanation I got.  Don’t be afraid to push and pull faces and bodies around! Worry about being “on model” last!


All great tips, plus bonus Zhao.




when it comes to specific poses I try to first draw the most basic shapes and movement lines and then gradually go into more and more details, like so:



if you have difficulties with perspective, try drawing a perspective grid first:


it’s nothing different than tips from other artists, but I hope it helped a little ;u;