Design Question
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Aidan McCulloch
Hey everyone!! Here again to ask for some help. this time I’m in the middle of trying to design a new character. it’s my first one and im having some trouble with how the anatomy should be. I want it to be a 4 armed half human, half demon character, walking towards the viewer. im just wondering how to make the arms coming out the side look a bit more natural. my drawing is nowhere close to being finished so any tips or tricks to make this the best it can be, please let me know!! Also let me know if i should post this in the character design or anatomy topics. i’m a little nervous to put something in the wrong spot. Thanks in advance everyone!
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Steve Lenze
Well, to begin with, character design is really hard. It requires a lot of knowledge of anatomy, gesture, costume design, etc. etc. So, the first thing a character designer does is thumbnail sketches to work out their ideas. I did a couple to show you how they should look. I suggest you start there, and then do some more finished drawings based on your thumbnails. I hope this helps :)
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Aidan McCulloch
thank you!! i’ll definitely do that today to get a real good idea of where i want this drawing to go!!
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Volker Wuyts
Hey, if you are trying to design characters with multiple sets of arms I suggest you have a peek at some Hindu deities. I think it will look aesthetically more pleasing if the lower set of arms connect higher up the torso closer to the upper set of arms, as if the shoulders are joint together and more in horizontal allignment. Other than that I can see some anatomical errors: the legs are too small, the head is too big and circle shaped and the torso doesn't taper enough towards the bottom. Other than that your off to a great start. Good luck. I didn't draw the attached images btw, it's just as example. Google image search for Hindu deities like Shiva etc..
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Aidan McCulloch
thanks so much for the feedback and compliments!! will definitely check those out
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Antti Kallinen
I dont know anything about designing a character, but if you want to make a 4 armed humanoid torso i wouldnt spent too much time with anatomy. In reality it would have all the same parts that your arms have, so it would have another shouldergirdle, back muscles, penctoralis whatever. So I would either make the arms not "normal" or just make it look cool without too much tought in to anatomy. you could look for inspiration in animals/insects with multiple limbs. Also check characters like Goro from mortal kombat.
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Aidan McCulloch
fair enough! thanks for the feedback and tips!!
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