February 3, 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 remaining outcome

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’re very conversant in what you will draw otherwise you already spent hours desirous 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 downside both. Merely decide a reference pose you suppose that is likely to be good. It doesn‘t must seem like the character you’re about to design but. Within the reference I picked I appreciated the best way the character barely slouches into one facet. Then on the proper 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’re aiming for.

Developing 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 most important plenty (hips, chest, and head), and adjusted their proportions. As you may see I eliminated the sideways tilt of the chest and adjusted the pose as I didn‘t discover the slouching factor suited to an orc. Right here the arm muscle mass 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 bought from our earlier step.

Tweaking the shapes and designing the top

As soon as I‘m pleased with 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 distinct one. Then we have a look at the top. The fundamental form we already determined in our earlier step however we will transfer the options round till we get one thing we’re pleased with. It helps to put a number of variations subsequent to 1 one other so you may evaluate your outcomes. In my case I first thought {that a} lengthy chin is likely to be cool, however then seen how a decrease mouth makes it look far more just like the face of an orc.

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

Cleansing up our drawing

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

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Having thought of each factor fastidiously makes cleansing up the traces a rewarding activity.

Designing the armor

We’re going to add Christmas-themed parts later, however for now we are going to give attention to the necessary facets of his garments. We need to give him some good fur so as to assist him deal with the nasty winter temperatures and in addition add a number of leather-based, buckles and stitches so as to get the proper vibes for an orc armor. As a result of I normally design with traces I do a fast silhouette verify 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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If you happen to design with traces don‘t neglect to verify the silhouette.

Try Gregor Kari’s earlier 3dtotal tutorials: