For the last week, I've been doing the Lynda.com 21 Day Drawing Challenge. It's been difficult and fun and eye-opening. I don't draw nearly enough anymore and really need to work on that. Anyway, the reason I'm doing it is because I have a great deal of admiration for the artist teaching the course - Von Glitshcka. I'm mentioning this because his approach to creating digital art (specifically, vector art in Illustrator) is one that I try to emulate: draw, draw, draw some more, and then digitize it in the most efficient way possible. If you're looking for inspiration or education about Adobe Illustrator, he's a fantastic resource.
And now, to continue my vector art journey....
Today I'm continuing on the toddler/baby vector doll that I started last week. I've been looking at it for the last few days and something about the mouth just did not look right. I played around with it some and finally settled on something I think I like! And we'll add the body today, too. I tend to tweak things as I work, so it'll be a while before we get to the final form.
Like we did before, get out your pen tool and start creating shapes for the body. Color is irrelevant at this stage. I like to use high-contrast, easy to see colors.
I want this image to be almost symmetrical, much like the male & female fashion dolls. They are essentially symmetrical, but not perfectly so. I didn't want a mannequin. I wanted an image that had some life to it! With this new doll, I'll do the same thing. Which comes in handy, because all I need to do now is replicate & reflect the arm I just created!
...So I found some reference material. I discovered that a toddler should be about 4 heads tall. I can easily copy & stack my head to see how close I come to that proportion. My reference image from anatomy4sculptors.com is below.
(Total tangent: if you ever get a chance to take a drawing class from a sculptor, DO IT! Best thing I ever did, artistically. There was a sculptor at UNH who taught some of the early level drawing classes. I had been drawing for years and still learned an immense amount.)
So that's the doll. Next week we'll look at colors and shadows, as well as adjusting the doll to fit the proportions of the fashion dolls.