How can I draw a char­ac­ter in an en­vi­ron­ment with­out ref­er­ence?

Dawn Ng, Canada

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An­swer John replies

Al­ways use a real-life ref­er­ence if you can, but if you can’t, Clip Stu­dio Paint has some won­der­ful tools that en­able artists to craft en­tire en­vi­ron­ments in ac­cu­rate per­spec­tive, and char­ac­ters with cor­rect pro­por­tions, all with­out the need for set­ting up a com­plex photo shoot.

The Per­spec­tive Ruler gives you the abil­ity to draw per­fectly straight lines in three-point per­spec­tive, so you can be sure your en­vi­ron­ment fol­lows those vis­ual rules. Clip Stu­dio Paint also comes with 3D male and fe­male Draw­ing Dolls that can be shaped and ma­nip­u­lated into any pose or body type you need. The work­flow con­sists of es­tab­lish­ing your per­spec­tive grid, im­port­ing three-di­men­sional fig­ures into the scene, and draw­ing right over the top of ev­ery­thing, with­out hav­ing to do end­less thumb­nails.

The won­der­ful thing about draw­ing in the per­spec­tive grid is that your line di­rec­tion will snap to and stay per­fectly aligned with one of the three planes (based on the di­rec­tion of your pen stroke) while en­abling you to vary pen pres­sure on your tablet to achieve a nice vari­a­tion in your line thick­ness.

Fig­ures are seam­lessly in­te­grated, with ac­cu­rate per­spec­tive and fore­short­en­ing. The Per­spec­tive Ruler and Draw­ing Dolls in CSP make it easy to quickly com­pose a scene.

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