Different Female Faces: Not That Hard to Draw, Gene Luen Yang Edition


Just got done reading the amazing Boxers & Saints by the awesome Gene Luen Yang and I was struck by how easy it is to recognize all the many different characters, especially the women. Really, it’s not impossible to draw different women’s faces! Check out his great art - simple yet striking, and you can tell which women are related.



And here’s another scene of the women together in the kitchen, with our hero (Vibiana) coming through the door at left.


Women in comics gotta have the Sameface? Don’t wanna hear it.


Early concepts for how to treat limbs on Steven Universe! 

I wanted to get the most anatomical information out of the least amount of lines. 



How to draw folds

Notes on how to draw folds back when I was teaching manga classes back in 2006. From the book “Drawing people” by Barbara Bradley.


This book has a very detailed description of 6 types of commonly seen folds and I think is one of the most educational resource on how to draw folds(Besides Vilppu and Bridgeman).



The importance of understanding this stuff cannot be overstated.


djwaglmuffin asked:

I need help finding something: Are there any tutorials for "organizing" characters in a montage piece? You know, like one character takes the focus in the composition and then others are around them. I wasn't sure if it was a thing like, making each bit of empty space its own composition or if there is something else to it. For the life of me, I just can't get this one, seemingly simple staple illustration composition done effectively. :(



Heya, thanks for asking! Organizing illustrations with more than three characters (heck, even just one) is really hard, I agree. Basic composition will still assist in this, so here’s a tutorial on that alone.

For a quick tip, triangles work pretty well for dynamic shots with a small handful of characters: 

You can use other shapes too, it’s mostly about where your focus is, where you want the eye to go, is it a scene or is it just a group shot like a poster for a movie.

For a large multiple group, you can always look at paintings from art history! There’s a lot out there with large quantities of people in them, like this Caravaggio piece.

That composition shape, with the long line and two shorter offshoots, is really handy to build off of, too. There’s a great post about it on MuddyColors. You can use character heads as points, like in a constellation. Use gaze to show viewers where to look. Light focus can also highlight the area of interest.

As for negative space, it also helps to think about it, because you still need space for your eyes to rest a little. Sketch out thumbnail sketches first, small ones so you can focus on composition and flow. Shut your eyes for a few seconds and focus on the black inside your eyes, then open them and look at the composition with a fresh look. It also helps to turn it upside down; it’s said that a good composition reads from any view, though that’s not always the case. Also, it helps to ask someone how well it reads.

Starting with composition and thumbnails can save you a lot of troubles with negative space. You can see how the characters are arranged before you draw them, and you can identify large, weird gaps of space before you begin drawing for real.

If you struggle with drawing a lot of bodies in one spot, draw them individually, like on separate layers, and then later, mask or erase the parts that get covered up. If you’re working traditionally, try using a lightbox to trace over separate drawings onto the main sheet. It’s also a good idea to work background to foreground, so draw the background  characters first and work your way up to the foreground characters. 

I hope this answers your question! If not, feel free to ask for more info. :)

“The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried”
— – Stephen McCranie


I don’t really think I need to provide additional commentary. 14 years of art. (I don’t have stuff from before I was 10, but it exists, because I drew all the time as a tiny kid too)


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I made a mini-comic answering the question I get asked the most; “How do I get GOOD at drawing?” I hope someone finds it useful. I had fun drawing it!





This has been something that has been bothering me for the past few years, every time I encounter someone who’s just started as an artist, they put themselves down because they’re intimidated by artists who are more experienced.  Intimidation is something that every artist has (or will) encounter in their lives, and they need to pull through that fear in order to grow as an artist.  Take that intimidation and be inspired about it.  What makes it intimidating?  What makes their work look so unique?  That’s where your learning opportunistic moments will occur, you find those reasons and you create something new out of all that you’ve learned!
I believe that anyone, ANYONE, can become an artist.  It takes dedication and determination, but I promise you that drawing is one of the most rewarding art forms I’ve ever experienced.  You will always learn something new with it, therefore, the fun never stops!

Its relevant to many aspiring artists. 


puellamagialexmagica, read this please!!

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Really great drawing reference, very well explained. 


Eyes, nose, mouth, head, hands, ears and folds reference drawing tutorials.

they also have video tutorials on youtube:


Anonymous asked:

I love your art work so much :3 I was just wondering, how do you pick your colors? they are just so beautiful and unique and UGH i cant do colors and it pains me



its about time i try to explain this as the obviously unprofessional i am. 

i just pick colors depending on my mood, there are colors that look colder and warmer, so i take advantage of that 


do you feel the colors. you gotta feel them. 

then it’s time to pick the best colors for your piece, aka AVOID THESE IF YOU CAN. 


sometimes they work tho, but why pick those when you can pick these


they give you cuter colors and better color palettes.

remember to feel how warm or cold or neutral you want anything to look. 


that’s better looking than the MS Paint default palette. after some time you will be able to choose nice colors, give it a try. (you can also make a new layer with a solid color and set it to Overlay and it should help). 


then the shading comes in, you’ll eventually realize some colors look better with others. BUT PLEASE PLEASE AVOID SHADING WITH BLACK/GREYS OR MAKING LIGHTS WITH WHITE.


ew that looks so simple, why do that when yOU COULD BE SHADING WITH COLORS TOO??? 



yeah that looks more lively. 

i really like colors and that’s why i experiment with them a lot so to fully understand them you could either learn on your own by trying (like me) or you could take color classes, which is good too because they will teach you about other important stuff like this 


but basically its just 


don’t take me too seriously because i just fool around with colors hnnn. u3u 


limevines asked:

Hi there! I was wondering, do you know any tips about clothing from American 1860s-1890s? Specifically girls dresses, gowns from a richer side. Anything off the top of your head, don't want to be annoying. I check your historical clothing master post but everything was specifically English [at least, the internet ones]. Whatever you have on this subject is greatly appreciated. So sorry if this is an annoying or stupid question, and by the way, I love your art and your rocks are glorious. Thanks!



American fashions weren’t vastly different from their European counterparts at the time, actually!  Especially with the advent of the telegraph, communication and cultural exchange across the ocean sped up dramatically- American fashion might be behind the times, sure, but it would usually only be by a year or two.

(everyone stop what you’re doing right now and read The Victorian Internet, it’s amazing)

Nonetheless, American dress is it’s own beast- different resources and different politics create things like the advent of  Zouave jackets after the Crimean War, or Amelia Bloomer’s dress reform movement that is so American as to eventually be referred to as “American dress.”  The great thing about this time period is that you can still get your hands on American fashion plates, photography, and even extant dresses from the era- all the easier if you’re looking for fashions of wealthy privileged people.  Here are a bunch of books that could point you in the right direction:

Less what you’re looking for since you mentioned well-off fashion and finery, but still a great read:

I hope that’s a start!  Do remember that the 1860’s - 1890’s is a pretty broad swath- that’s forty years, almost half a century, and so you’ll probably want to pinpoint the era you’re looking at more specifically. :)



Hope this will help you to draw mechanical stuff and objects on the BGs~ I still suck in tutorials X)))

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