How can I draw a character in an environment without reference?
Dawn Ng, Canada
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.