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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.

yamino

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

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start to put on features

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fix stuff

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put on more stuff

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fix stuff again

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

Whole head is a gesture!image

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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. 

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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!

rufftoon:

All great tips, plus bonus Zhao.

<3

xuunies

littleulvar:

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:

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

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