A slightly older version of my character Saga, wearing a pretty dress borrowing inspiration from both Japanese and Chinese designs.
This is the first time I’ve drawn Saga in years and years. This is also the first time in years that I have used coloured pencils, so this was indeed a very nostalgic (in a good way!) experience for me.
Above you can see the typical steps when I make a drawing (click to see a larger version). The drawing is a drawing of my old character Saga that I finished sketching out a few days ago. I hadn’t drawn her for years, so it was fun to see her again. Just for fun though I drew her in a completely different dress – a complete mashup of Chinese, Japanese and other elements.
Maybe I’ll ink and colour it as well… If I do it’ll be the first time in years I do that.
To sum up the steps:
I start out with a simple stick-figure, 5-7 heads tall.
Then I add some circles mainly at the joints of the body, to get a better flesh out the pose and feel of the body.
Then I connect the circles with curves that broadly define the outline of the body.
After that it’s just a matter of drawing the character on top of it all, which really isn’t too difficult as most of the body is already there. It’s like putting clothes and makeup on a mannequin I guess.