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Welp by ThePurpleGriffin Welp by ThePurpleGriffin
XD Fun fact: This was an actual conversation with my friend lmbo GIF Steven Universe - Facebowl 
Lou takes everything too literally omg 

I really really hope you guys get the joke I'd hate to explain it XD

Bahahaha this isn't supposed to be anything grand or anything I was aiming for something you'd see on Tumblr or Instagram or something LOL that's probably why there's no background 
But as my first mini comic there are still a bunch of things I can and will improve on so this is kind of a quick experiment lolololol what even is perspective xD 

Character bios coming soon! Asgore's Horrable Piano Lessons Emoticon 


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Nomingia Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
OBVIOUSLY
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ThePurpleGriffin Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Y E P 
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ThePurpleGriffin Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Hello there! Wow, this is certainly a mouthful! First of all, I just want to say thank you so much for taking the time to analyze my comic and really sink in all the detail and strategies that I used. Second, thanks so much for taking the time to write this all out!! I honestly am so glad that you commented and gave me pointers that hit almost all the art aspects (coloring, line art, perspective, composition, dialogue, impact etc). I’m glad you gave me these tips but also told me some things I’ve done right- therefore this is probably the best constructive comment I have received!! This was exactly what I was looking for and you went above and beyond. I hope you enjoyed this comic, and thank you so much for the help!! :D 
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MagerBlutooth Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017
It was a fun little read. Thanks for taking the initiative and making it. I hope you were able to learn something to help you improve in the future.
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ThePurpleGriffin Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017  Student Digital Artist
No problem! :) 

Oh, and I do have a question: The other guy's name is Jim (I probably should have explained that earlier- I do appreciate the fact that you read the description well, by the way!) and here's what I have for his color palette so far:

Screen Shot 2017-06-06 at 5.14.49 PM by ThePurpleGriffin I was wondering, what can I do to improve his design? I think you mentioned that most of his color scheme is fine but it could use some contrast, so what can I change? (I haven't released these references yet, so nothing is 100% set in stone.) :) 
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MagerBlutooth Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017
Excellent question. Looking at your character's color palette, I count 11 different color values used to render the character. One thing you can do is reduce this number to be as few as possible. Reusing colors makes for a simpler design, and it not only makes it easier to draw the character multiple times over, but it also focuses the color palette and reduces noise.

Jim PG by MagerBlutooth

As for the contrast, a good test to see how much contrast is in your character's design is the grayscale test. It's a very simple test. All you need to do is apply a grayscale color filter to your picture and examine the resulting color values. Fortunately, your color scheme lends itself well to the grayscale test, as most of the values are gray already. The test becomes much more useful once you start combining several different hues.

Look at the following picture in this zoomed-out view. Pay close attention to which colors are highly visible and which are a little tricky to see. I find that the tie and the band around the hat are the weakest in terms of contrast, while everything else stands out fairly well. You can see how the collar stands out against the jacket by comparison.

Jim PG Gray by MagerBlutooth


You can try out different color values to see what you find works the best to pass the grayscale test. I personally found that raising the color values of the tie and band to the same degree did well to increase visibility. Based on the mostly-grey color scheme, I imagine this sort of character is meant to be more of the straight man, so I figured he wouldn't walk around in bright colors.

Jim PG Mod by MagerBlutooth

See what you can do to adopt a minimal color palette and increase your contrast. Feel free to ask if you have any other questions. :)
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ThePurpleGriffin Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2017  Student Digital Artist
That’s really helpful- thanks a bunch!!!! I honestly was unaware of the greyscale test as well- thank you for telling me about it! It’ll certainly help me out as I create more characters. :) 

I do have some other references: 


Is there anything I can improve concerning color/design for these guys? I’m aware that I’m new at drawing humans so there’s also a lot I need to learn considering anatomy and such as well. :) I can't express how much I appreciate your help. 

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MagerBlutooth Featured By Owner Edited Jun 7, 2017
I believe you got the right contrast for these three characters, though you may want to consider doing a little more to distinguish the shirt pocket, tie, and hat brim for Perkins. The colors cut a little close for him. I like how you made these reference sheets, with multiple angles and guidelines. Plus you were able to invoke a little of their personality into some of the side sketches. When it comes to drawing characters, one common mistake that strikes many artists is the dreaded "same face" virus, where all characters have the same style of eye, nose, head shape, lips, hairstyle, body size, etc. It looks like you have some good variation when it comes to those elements, so I don't think you'll need to work on that.

One thing I can recommend for any future character references you plan on making is working on your poses. When it comes to character references like these that are meant to showcase the character, it's usually the main picture that captures the character's essence the strongest and draws the eye most of all. Here's a character reference sheet from the artist :iconrosuuri: that demonstrates what I mean.

March - Character Sheet by Rosuuri  

Poses are works of art unto themselves. You can find entire pieces of simply faceless bodies striking poses that people use to make their own pieces. Though you can have many poses that look very similar, there are so many variables that can go into a pose that you can almost consider it an art piece's fingerprint. It's very easy to tell if a piece was appropriated from another by examining the poses of the two. 

If you remove the shading and the detail between the above reference sheet and yours, you may notice a few subtle differences that gives the above piece added character appeal. One is the lack of straight lines. When it comes to drawing characters, perfectly straight lines are your enemy. It's because straight lines don't appear in nature. If you examine your body from top to bottom, you will not find one straight line anywhere on you. But you may find a few on the edges of your desk, your computer, or your phone. Straight lines create a feeling of stiffness in a character that lowers the realism. We see those straight lines and our brain immediately makes the connection. Straight line = not living. Even if it's just by a few degrees, try to avoid making any of your lines perfectly straight.

There's one more element that's contributing to this 'stiffness', and it's actually another straight line. Though this one isn't one you've explicitly drawn. When you start delving into the world of poses, you'll become wholly familiar with the term 'line of action', and there are many guides you can find online that refer to it. The line of action can be considered the "flow" of the character, the way their body is drawn from one end to the other. Since your character is standing straight, there's a strong inclination for artists to draw a straight line of action.
Luigi by MagerBlutooth

Here I've drawn the line of action for your Luigi reference and placed the line to the left as well to make it more visible. As you can see, the line is not perfectly straight, but it's very close to being so. You can see how his arms mostly go straight down, his legs go straight down, there's no real tilt to his head. It's a rather static image without much character behind it. A stronger line of action creates a stronger pose, which allows the character to express itself more. Now compare to these poses by :iconrenkarts:

Character Reference Sheet: Tiger by renkarts

You can see the arms and legs take a more active role and vary the direction that the body moves. If you drew a line from the head to the feet, following the flow of the body, you would miss a few details if you drew a straight line. Pushing the line of action can be difficult, as doing it incorrectly can result in anatomy or proportions being out of whack, but it's the definite secret to making for a stronger display of your character, and I'd highly recommend it. One good exercise is to draw several different curvy lines and use it as a line of action to draw several different poses. Don't worry about providing any details or making it a specific character. Focus on making an interesting pose. 
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ThePurpleGriffin Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Thanks so much for the advice! I'll certainly take that into consideration when creating references for my other characters. :) 
I was also wondering, how else can I improve my art in general? I'm kind of new here because I moved accounts so I don't have too much in my gallery at the moment, but I do have some newer pieces that I'm proud of. I'm aware that a  good portion of them are commissions and art trades, but it's alright to critique them since the clients seem to be satisfied with my work. However, I'm aware that there is still a lot for me to learn. Would it be alright if you'd do a quick skim through my gallery and give me some pointers? So far, I find your advice really helpful and you're very well-mannered in your comments. :) 
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ThePurpleGriffin Featured By Owner May 31, 2017  Student Digital Artist
The best strategy indeed!! :D Just don't get a-head of yourself :)


 this comment made my day honestly XDDDD 
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ArterialBlack716 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2017
"ahead" x) haha, nice.
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ThePurpleGriffin Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2017  Student Digital Artist
XDD
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Skystorm456 Featured By Owner May 29, 2017  Student Artist
X;DD
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LazyIcon - Evil NekoGrin 
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Skystorm456 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2017  Student Artist
HUE
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ThePurpleGriffin Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2017  Student Digital Artist
I HOPE U LIKE THESE CORNY MAFIA COMICS BC MORE WILL COME XDDDD 
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Skystorm456 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2017  Student Artist
YAAAAAAY CUZ I ALREADY LOVE THEM X;D
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ThePurpleGriffin Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2017  Student Digital Artist
OMG OMG OMG I'M SO GLAD AAAA TYSM!! XDDDD Heart Heart Heart 
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Skystorm456 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2017  Student Artist
HAHAHAHAH, KEEP AT IT MY CHILD :D
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ThePurpleGriffin Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2017  Student Digital Artist
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SchluffyMuffin Featured By Owner May 29, 2017  Student Digital Artist
I have connected to this on a whole other level
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XDD *religious music playing the in background* 
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