Staying on Character
Wanted to share some more process work for Sector Four. One area in my artwork that I’m trying to improve and something that stood out to me in doing the prologue story was that I need to put more effort into what animators call “staying on character”. Making sure the proportions are correct and the characters look the same from image to image.
An exercise to help me out with this is to break the character down to basic shapes and look at how they relate to each other. This is a pretty easy task with adobe illustrator (I actually use illustrator for all of my drawing, but even you anti-illustrator folks would find this easy to do there).
In order to keep him symmetrical, I started just doing one half and then used the reflect tool to get the other half (see images below). It took a good bit of trial and error, after seeing how the reflected half threw off what I thought was good when only looking at the first half.
After that I filled in the base colors that I’ll be using. This will be handy to have around and reference when I’m working on the comic: