February 4, 2023

PSD assets that will accompany this chapter


In this tutorial we will look at the process of creating a character. We‘ll start by coming up with a concept for the orc, then we‘ll give him a sleigh, and in the third chapter we‘ll put the two next to one another and add colors and some extra effects. As usual my path is very straight forward and easy to apply to your own ideas.

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Our closing consequence

Pose sketches

If you have already got in your thoughts what you need your character to be and know precisely the place to begin, that‘s nice. Possibly you might be very accustomed to what you’re going to draw otherwise you already spent hours serious about it whereas engaged on one thing else. But when the topic is unfamiliar to you otherwise you don‘t know the place to begin that‘s no drawback both. Merely decide a reference pose you suppose that is perhaps good. It doesn‘t must seem like the character you might be about to design but. Within the reference I picked I appreciated the way in which the character barely slouches into one facet. Then on the appropriate I did a tough drawing of how the proportions of my orc are going to be completely different to that of a human.

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Begin with a pose you discover fascinating and draw a sketch of the proportions you might be aiming for.

Establishing the form of the physique

In our subsequent step we merely draw our pose whereas reworking its proportions so we get one thing that resembles the proportions of our orc sketch. Word how I took the foremost lots (hips, chest, and head), and adjusted their proportions. As you possibly can see I eliminated the sideways tilt of the chest and adjusted the pose as I didn‘t discover the slouching component suited to an orc. Right here the arm muscle groups turned out to be a bit too cumbersome, one thing I’ll amend in our subsequent step.

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We assemble the physique based mostly on the 2 references we obtained from our earlier step.

Tweaking the shapes and designing the pinnacle

As soon as I‘m proud of the general design of the physique I redraw it and see the place I can enhance it. Often it may be the identical pose however in case you are like me and also you prefer to problem your self, be happy to make use of a special one. Then we have a look at the pinnacle. The fundamental form we already determined in our earlier step however we are able to transfer the options round till we get one thing we’re proud of. It helps to position a number of variations subsequent to at least one one other so you possibly can evaluate your outcomes. In my case I first thought {that a} lengthy chin is perhaps cool, however then observed how a decrease mouth makes it look way more just like the face of an orc.

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Strive a number of completely different faces and evaluate them till you discover the one which‘s excellent.

Cleansing up our drawing

As soon as we’re proud of the design of our head it‘s time to switch the proportions to the pinnacle of our character. Clear up the traces of the general character till the muscle shapes are solely barely seen. Their shapes needs to be effectively outlined and readable however with out attracting an excessive amount of consideration. As soon as I‘m pleased I begin including a primary layer of clothes. You’ll be able to draw the garments in a single go however I at all times prefer to suppose in layers.

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Having thought-about each component fastidiously makes cleansing up the traces a rewarding activity.

Designing the armor

We’re going to add Christmas-themed components later, however for now we are going to deal with the necessary points of his garments. We wish to give him some good fur as a way to assist him address the nasty winter temperatures and in addition add quite a lot of leather-based, buckles and stitches as a way to get the appropriate vibes for an orc armor. As a result of I often design with traces I do a fast silhouette examine in the long run by filling the entire character with black, and ensuring the shapes are readably.

Subsequent time we are going to have a look at the sleigh.

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In case you design with traces don‘t overlook to examine the silhouette.

Take a look at Gregor Kari’s earlier 3dtotal tutorials: