Saturday, January 23, 2010

What I do when I have to storyboard a character

I don't draw nearly as well as whoever drew this image, so much apologies to the artist, but this is what I would do if this character design showed up on my desk and I had to storyboard it. Most people I've talked to in animation feel like they never really learn to draw the character until the show is about over. If you like drawing characters with lots of anatomy, I highly recommend Charles Hu's figure drawing classes. (can you tell which one is me drawing the guy at the top of the page?)





18 comments:

  1. the guy with the light grey hoodie towards the center?

    -George

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  2. This is the coolest blog i have found in, like, forever. Thanks for sharing all of this.

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  3. My first guess would be that you are the bald naked guy on the left ;) but since you said you are drawing in the pic I'd go for the guy in the blue baseball cap?

    This blog is amazing, every single post is another eye opener. Thanks so much for sharing all this!

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  4. This is a design from Street Fighter EX 2, and I'd say the design is by Bengus, one of the best character designer Capcom ever had.

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  5. Oups, the artist how did Street Fighter EX designs is Edayan in fact, me bad.

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  6. de aap: Nope.

    Xav: The artist is amazing. I love that street fighter style.

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  7. xav: Do you know if the artist has a website?

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  8. Hi Rad, I have a question about straights and curves that I'm hoping you can answer. Imagine you are drawing a bent arm such as with the character in this post. How do you decide when it's the underside of the lower arm that should be the curve? I would have thought that logically the top of the lower arm should be curved because of the bunching up of flesh from the bend of the arm. I can see how you have come to see the bottom of the lower arm as being curved, and it does feel right, but I can also sort of convince myself that the upper edge of the arm is the curve too.

    I'm not sure if I have explained that very well. I could always do a couple of diagrams to illustrate what I mean if you like.

    Cheers :)

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  9. Andy: sometimes there can be a squashed side and a stretched side. The stretched side will be straight and the squashed side cured. But, on the lower arm, if you look at the anatomy, the bump on the inside due to the squash does not reach the silhouette. Also, the bump on the other side is a huge muscle. If a character had less defined forearm muscles, it would probably be the other way. the main thing to keep in mind is that one side should be dominant and the other less. You can use any number of reasons to justify picking either side. In the end it really just comes down to an artistic choice. What ever just looks better next to all the other straights and curves.

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  10. Thanks a lot Rad, you have answered my question well. I guess the main question that I wasn't asking very well was whether the choice of straight and curve was based on purely anatomical reasoning or whether there was artistic reasoning involved. Thanks a lot for the answer, it has cleared things up for me a lot :)

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  11. Here is a link of the games he designed http://capcomdatabase.wikia.com/wiki/Edayan , I think it could be efficiant if you google them (if you want I have few designs he did I can send you).

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  12. my god, even his chest hair is sculpted!

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  13. hey great post, it's great seeing your process on simplify something so complicated.

    I think you're the guy (glasses plus dark grey tshirt) inbetween the dark haired dude in the the light grey hoodie and the older guy in the dark blue tshirt.

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  14. great post! is this pretty typical for all the board artist? do some guys tend to be more gag guys rather than draftsman?
    and the answer is easy,it's a trick question, you're the model :)

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  15. Marco: the more you can do, the more options you have. If you want to work in TV, you have to be a really good draftsman. In feature, you have to just draw well enough so that it's clear. In features, the ideas are much more important.

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  16. Rad: Haha.. I cheated a bit.. you had posted a picture of yourself drawing on a cintiq in a older post.

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