sorry if you were asked this before but do u have any tips on avoiding same facing? i like how diverse you draw everyone! i've noticed when i draw everyone looks the same save for the eyes. i'm not sure how to break this bad habit..
Great question! I’m certainly learning myself and I still have a long way to go with design, but here are some tips based on what I know so far about designing diverse characters. Let me demonstrate with the colorful and varied cast of Yowapeda.
I like to start big by asking myself what overall shape a character’s face would have. Thinking in shapes makes it easier to add variety. There’s a language about characters in shapes. Round shapes are coded for cuteness, angular and pointed shapes may code for intensity and brashness, etc.
I also try to repeat the shape throughout the design. It creates good unity.
General realism proportions call for rigid rules of feature positions, but after a certain point, it’s fun to mess with them and really push a face more. Especially after you learn about proportions, try exaggerating them or positioning them with purpose on a face.
What I always keep in mind while designing or interpreting a face is the character behind that face. I try to make a face that most efficiently gets across the POINT of the character. It helps to associate characters with animals, objects, etc, since it will inform your design and make it more distinguishable.
I’m sorry I kinda just drew at you and didn’t explain much but I hope you understand somewhat?
Do you have a DeviantArt? I'm trying to gauge if DeviantArt is still a worthwhile outlet for artwork. What's your opinion on DevArt?
I have one. I guess it wouldn’t hurt to link it (a ton of old stuff). It’s SUPER inactive.
My opinion on dA is that it was a great place to start for me (wistful flashbacks to my preteen days), and it was really my first art site and inspired me to draw a lot more. I don’t regret my time on deviantART. I connected with a lot of cool people there! (many of them have since moved to tumblr). I also enjoyed the art memes and collaborative activities, and the groups (when they started out).
However, in hindsight it was really hard to get exposure (REALLY hard) and the only way to find cool art was to look through what was popular or go deviant-hopping which was basically going through galleries of the friends of people I watched which gave me a pool of really similar styles. It was much more tedious to find stuff that inspired me. I think my style would have been fundamentally different and stagnant if I stuck with dA. It’s just so much easier to find a variety and abundance of art and inspiration on tumblr, and I think inspiration from other sources is what fundamentally drives my direction in art.
dA is a great place to host a cohesive gallery though. There are several people who have found success through dA. I just feel it’s much more difficult than tumblr. It’s also going out of style imo, and their commercial sector is terrible.