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Posted 2/19/08
I've heard of people starting off in weird places when they draw characters and I always wondered why. But i never did ask so I'll ask here!

When you're drawing a character where do you start? I mean do you draw the eyes first or make the head shape or for some reason start from the feet? Cause I've seen people start from the feet before and it just makes me go WTF.

Also I should say that I always start from top-to-bottom first and usually the eyes are first then the head then the body, then the legs and then the clothes and such.
Posted 2/20/08

ZeroEiyuu wrote:

I've heard of people starting off in weird places when they draw characters and I always wondered why. But i never did ask so I'll ask here!

When you're drawing a character where do you start? I mean do you draw the eyes first or make the head shape or for some reason start from the feet? Cause I've seen people start from the feet before and it just makes me go WTF.

Also I should say that I always start from top-to-bottom first and usually the eyes are first then the head then the body, then the legs and then the clothes and such.


The legs...!?
Wow, that is some crazy shit....Either the guy is an ultimate pro or alien from outer space....I mean most people usually draw the eyes are first, the head then the body, then the legs and then the clothes and such.
Me...I usually draw the head without the facial features (eyes, nose or mouth) substituted with a cross, before moving on with the body, the legs and the clothes before lastly going back to the facial features....There is a slight detour....lol....
Legs first...!? Dun even go there...It's impossible for me....

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Posted 2/20/08
I start draw head. I usually after that, draw eyes, hair, and body.
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Posted 2/20/08
ummm.. I make the shape of the head and face.. and fill them in.. and make my way down.. I suck at hands and feet.. basically I suck.. I can only do a frontal portrait
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Man I suck at drawing hands too, no matter what the fingers always... look like gorrila fingers! I mean, hands are so hard to draw...

ya Sasukesrg, I mainly do what you do as well, of course I draw the eyes first then the face with the cross. But yeah, drawing from the feet... tried that and failed miserably. Never ever try that.
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Posted 2/21/08
i draw the head first..then the body..the face is always last for me...or sometimes i draw a shape of a human putline then just go over it in detail till i get my desired charcter! cool group!
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Posted 2/24/08
i start directly in the midlle so everything is proportioned right if im drawing only a head ill start with the nose or if i draw a whole person i start with the chest and then make the whole upper body the head then legs
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Posted 2/25/08
Usually i draw stick figures first..(yep, i always start at the roots) the the head....>.>
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Posted 2/29/08
I always draw the ovals for the entire body then gradually shape them into the intended look. Sometimes I draw a skeleton first then the ovals. My order of drawing after that is always head to toe starting with the hair (this helps me have a more fitting head shape), the outline of the face, then the eyes, nose, mouth, and all the way down.

And yes, drawing hands and feet is hard.
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I start with the eyes.

It's hard for me to get the face right if I don't start there.
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i ussually strt drawing from the eye...altho i always hv problem drawing the second eye...wich is the left one...then the head...the hair...n the body...hands n feet r rilly rilly rilly hard to draw....

jz like ZeroEiyuu-san and sasukesrg-san said...
from the legs??? isnt tht impossible?
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Posted 3/8/08
i always start from the head once i started from the hair and it came out really good too
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i start from the hair, then the face, eyes, nose, mouth.. downwards... ahaha...
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Posted 3/14/08
I start with teh eyes, then hair, then eas, the head shape, then neck, then I make the neck hole of the shirt, shirt, pants, shoes/feet, facial features, arms/hands, and then I finish up the details
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I do head, face, body, arms, legs, then clothes, drawing the clothes last helps me because then I gots a frame to hang em on if you know what I mean ^_^
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