(A AABattery Guide)
Essentially, I was bored and decided to make a tutorial series. This series will contain multiple sections (Over 10, I believe), most of them with their own sub-sections. I will submit them as I go, going from smaller parts (eyes, nose, lips) to bigger and more advanced parts (full body, clothes, animation). Hopefully by the end of all this, I may have helped some of you in creating your own AA fanart, or better yet, original characters!
This series was made to help those who want to achieve the AA-style in their work and should not be considered as an end-all be-all for drawing anything. If you wish to go further with your art, you are encouraged to seek out more information and learn the basics of the human anatomy.
(Text with a strike are plans for the future.)
============== Eyes ==============
=========== Facial Features ===========
============== Head ==============
Three Quarter View
Working with 3QV
============== Body ==============
Three Quarter View
=========== Emotion/Poses ===========
============== Extra ==============
Characters in Backgrounds
=========== Digital Programs ===========
Inking in Illustrator
Coloring in Illustrator
Inking in GIMP
Coloring in GIMP
Inking in Manga Studio
Coloring in Manga Studio
Scanned Lineart in Photoshop
Inking in Photoshop
Coloring in Photoshop
When someone sees a character, the first thing they would look at is their face. The character's eyes make a big impact on their appearance. It can make an evil man look fierce or a bubbly girl more adorable. Making the eyes just right can make a big difference.
I took some different types of eyes from the game and turned them into simple shapes. Enjoy my handwriting:
(I'll continue to use these throughout the guide.)
Now that we got some shapes, we can start drawing our eye. The best way to get the eyes done is to start from the top and work your way down. Here's a step by step of how I do it just to help you out:
(I only did the ones that took 5 steps. Some of them them take more or less steps due to the amount of lines.)
You have drawn an eye! Take what you have learned and keep practicing! What I would really like to see, though, is all of you developing your own style!
Varying the size of the eyes will allow you to reuse an eye shape without having all the characters look alike. Here's an example:
(Phoenix's eye style is used for a lot of characters.)
Play around with the eye size of your characters to see what suits the character best.
(This is really all I could think about when making this tutorial.)
Try out these irises on your characters or design your own. You might find a style that really compliments your character.
(The ones used in the games are the first, third, and forth...)
(Actually, Evil Phoenix looks more surprised than evil...)
(Imagine Edgeworth with those lashes!)
There are three ways to make lashes that I know of (all with names that I totally made up). The first is the Thick Lashes. Remember my step by step picture of drawing the eyes? By thickening the first line, you can achieve the look of bigger and fuller eyelashes. The second is the Triangular Lashes, the one Franziska has. You do this by making triangle-like shapes on the outer corner of the eye. The last is what I like to call the Freeform Lashes. This is the style Regina Berry has. You place your utensil where you want the lash to start and, with one sweeping motion, you make a short line going outwards. You can place these lashes on the left, the right, the bottom (but not the top). You shouldn't, however, use all three at the same time. You can do two areas at the same time, as long as one of those areas is the bottom.
(You can use all three of the styles at the same time. It works for Wellington... )
As I've said in the Eyes category, the first thing someone sees is the face. Not only do you have to make the eyes fit, but the rest of their face has to fit as well!
There is a lot you can do with them, but that doesn't mean you can be lazy! Get a little creative with the eyebrows! Take Roger Smith from Big O. Those eyebrows aren't normal.
(Roger: I'm so bright, I gotta wear shades indoors.)
What should you take from this? Don't just go with the regular thin line eyebrows. Change up its thickness and style every once in a while. Here's some examples from the game:
(If your character doesn't have eyebrows, make creases where the inner corners of the eyebrows should be. That way they wouldn't look surprised...)
When thinking about the nose, it is great to imagine them as 4 ovals. Three are for the nose and the forth for the bridge. Here are a few examples:
(They're all pretty different, right?)
How about drawing the nose at an angle? Here are some more examples.
(Don't be afraid to go out of the norm.)
More to come!