Sunday, July 13, 2008

Blowing up from a thumbnail:

  • Establish/solidify the viewpoint.
  • If you're losing lines, start a new layer or mark the correct line with another color.
  • Adjust vectors- keep evaluating.
  • Flip horizontal
  • Stay with feeling, provided the construction is happening along with/underneath. If it's necessary to work something out and go formal, dip in only as long as is necessary to figure out the problem and get back to feeling.
  • Find lines of action
  • Thumbnails that are too geometric might not translate especially well. It may take some extra finagling to find your way, and it might be a struggle to inject the feeling afterwards. Don't be afraid to change, but even a geometric thumbnail has some original feeling you need to preserve.
  • Mind your inter-character vectors when thinking about construction & lines of action.
  • Draw the more important vectors in, even if they're invisible.
  • Watch for happy accidents.
  • Don't think it through if you can feel it through.
  • Is there a better line of action?
  • Don't be precious, unless it's about preserving your original feeling.
  • Scribble down your idea. Flesh it out later. Again, watch for happy accidents.
  • Stop to relax.
  • If you end up making lots of corrections when flipping horizontal, don't be afraid to start the next layer using the flipped version- especially if the other side is saturated enough with marks that you can't see the corrections through the layers.
  • Act out the pose if necessary.
  • Recognizing what's off is sometimes better than trying use your brain to analyze or plan it out.
  • Different characters/parts in different colors can help- especially when there's overlap and you need to draw through another character without losing lines.

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