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How do I draw chicks?
mattwandcow at 4:24PM, March 14, 2008
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I have a slight issue with a story line I'm working on. The main(ish) character will be an obviouschick. Unlike some of my past stuff, I can't just throw a dress thing and long hair. I have to be able to show she's grown. (Not BE, mind, but just that she's suddenly 10 years older)

To let you know what your working with, I have NO official art training. I just sketch in a note book and use the GIMP to “ink” and clean it up, and color and whatever.

Quick recap for those of you who don't care about the details above:

I need to draw a recognizable chick.

Let me know if you can help!(respond her or just PQ me.)

My comic is http://www.drunkduck.com/Avatar_of_Fire

I'm not at all at crunch time for this help, but the faster I get it, the sooner I can mess it up ;)
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arteestx at 9:22PM, March 14, 2008
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mattwandcow
I need to draw a recognizable chick.
If you mean women, I'd recommend starting with some catalogs (JCPennys, Macys, etc) for reference.

If you mean a little bird, then I'd draw a small circle with fuzz and a triangle beak.

Xolta is not intended for anyone under 18 years old.
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mattwandcow at 11:31PM, March 14, 2008
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I do mean women. I was just wondering if anyone had any reliable method to produce recognizable results…
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Frostflowers at 7:06AM, March 15, 2008
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Use photo-reference as suggested. Also, one visual shorthand is the so-called hourglass shape - wide, rounded curves usually signals “woman”.
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Raccoo at 8:40AM, March 15, 2008
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OH! I thought it said 10 years old, and wondered why you wanted to draw a woman. lol
Accentuate her hips and bosom. Draw her eyes slightly further away from her chin.
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mattwandcow at 8:47AM, March 15, 2008
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OH! I thought it said 10 years old, and wondered why you wanted to draw a woman. lol

What happens in the PLOT is she ages 10 years, going from child to woman in an eyeblink




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angry_black_guy at 1:02PM, March 15, 2008
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Do a google search for female and male anatomy to and notice the differences. Female and Male skeletons are exactly the same except a female's pelvis curves slightly downward which makes the skin and muscles curve foward and down giving them that “hourglass” appearance as opposed to a male's pelvis which is straight and allows our muscles to rest on our sides.

There are several artist stereotypes for drawing women which include an exaggerated hourglass shape, a slightly rounded chin, long exotic eyes (or eyelashes in general) and full lips instead of a man's partial lip. Also, generic female drawings usually don't have prominent muscles or bone indentions on their skull.

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mattwandcow at 1:41PM, March 15, 2008
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I take i none of you with the really technical tips looked at my art…. lol

Anyway, I think I figureded it out. I'll try to use a very basic hourglass(think 2 triangles, on on top the other) then flesh it out a bit. Give me a bit and I'll throw something here for you to approve or not…
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mattwandcow at 3:08PM, March 15, 2008
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Okay, finished sketching, and editing a page with the hourglass technique. Here's what I came up with



How does that look, y'all??

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Skullbie at 3:51PM, March 15, 2008
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Here: http://www.posemaniacs.com/pose/thirtysecond.html

A place to sketch women and men in different poses, will improve your art drastically in under a week. You can set it to not switch after 30 seconds so you can sketch the details.

I draw manga so I doubt my tips will help, but that pic looks pretty good.
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mattwandcow at 9:15PM, March 15, 2008
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Here: http://www.posemaniacs.com/pose/thirtysecond.html

A place to sketch women and men in different poses, will improve your art drastically in under a week. You can set it to not switch after 30 seconds so you can sketch the details.

This looks like an excellent site. I don't know if its quite what I would need, but for people wanting to do complex shading it would be definitely the site to go to.

I think my style is called cell shading. Draw a basic outline and Shift+B, Click, BAM! done!

Its fast. I just have to sketch and ‘ink’ em first…
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rabidmochi at 9:28PM, March 16, 2008
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Use lots of pictures as references when you're just beginning, and then start to draw your own poses and stuff.

I dunno, that's pretty much how I learned.
._. Possibly why I'm still quite terrible at it.
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Aurora Borealis at 11:15AM, March 17, 2008
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Here: http://www.posemaniacs.com/pose/thirtysecond.html

A place to sketch women and men in different poses, will improve your art drastically in under a week. You can set it to not switch after 30 seconds so you can sketch the details.

I draw manga so I doubt my tips will help, but that pic looks pretty good.
Neat site, I just drew about 80 sketches in a row… most were crap, but couple did convey the gist of the pose in only a couple of lines. Will have to repeat it tomorrow :)
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subcultured at 11:34AM, March 17, 2008
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