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Create Your Own Chibi Base Poses Using Photographic References

Allicia Moncher, Crystal Sky Art

Create Your Own Chibi Base Poses Using Photographic References

Allicia Moncher, Crystal Sky Art

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4 Lessons (22m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Single Chibi Base From Photo

    • 3. Couple Chibi Pose From Photo

    • 4. Conclusion and Final Project

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About This Class

Hello everyone and welcome back to my channel here on SkillShare!

Today's course will be all about re-imagining human models as chibi base forms. This skill will allow you to create the chibi pose you desire without spending hours searching for the exact pose you have pictured for the current illustration. There are also fewer chibi poses out there than there are human pose references making this skill a valuable one for the chibi artist!

All of the photographs that I used for the lessons are photos that I have taken myself of friends and family. For the concluding video talking about the class project I will be demonstrating these principles while creating base poses from royalty-free images obtained from

The first lesson will involve creating a single character model using a male action pose. These skills, along with some mentioned in the second lesson can be transferred to the creation of a female chibi character.

  • How to create a base model for an individual male character, with reference as to how it differs from a female character design wise.
  • Using basic shapes to create the base model.
  • Making any necessary alterations required for chibi pose to be close to the photograph pose.
  • Starting with a light rough sketch before creating a darker, more detailed sketch.

The second lesson will involve creating a couples pose using a pair of individuals who participated in a maternity shoot that I did a couple years back. To keep things interesting, I used one of the silly poses from when they decided to randomly goof off at one point. 

  • This lesson covers how to Create a base model for 2 characters, 1 in the foreground and 1 in the background.
  • How to alter the poses so that they work with the chibi aesthetic.
  • Using stick figure elements to create the rough layout of how limbs will be placed together before adding in shapes and other details. 
  • Drawing more detailed chibi hands.
  • Starting with a light rough sketch before creating a darker, more detailed sketch.

Please feel free to ask me questions and to share the chibi base models you create during this course!

Also be sure to check out my other course on Create Your Own Digital Chibi Characters for tips of inking and colouring in your chibi!

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Allicia Moncher

Crystal Sky Art


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1. Introduction: Hello again, everyone. This is Alicia from Crystal Sky Art with a another video related to G B creation and illustration. In this video, I will be going over using photographs to create your base poses for GP characters so that you don't need to search out any base poses and possibly not even find one that fits what you're looking for. When you were able to create your own base models from a photograph, it allows you to obtain the post that you desire rather than spending potentially hours searching and not finding the one that you actually want. Initially, I had wanted to use some pose references that were royalty free on the Web site flicker. However, just to make sure that everything was appropriate for skill share, I decided to use some unedited versions of photographs that I have taken myself. I had originally done for but cut down the course to just two of them to avoid a large amount of repetition between them. If you watch this introduction, you can see all four done at a very high speed in the classes themselves. I will be going over in depth on how I create thes G B characters. The first lesson for this will be involving creating H E B character from a male model in an action pose. And the second lesson will be to create a couples pose, using a photo from a maternity shoot in which the two individuals were goofing off. Having the silly pose being used provided a more dynamic option rather than a lot of these static poses, which I have. My photo references for this course were rather limited, as I have very few full body shots. And given that these were chippies, I wanted to ensure that the references were done as a full body shot so that you could see the hands and the feet instead of just the torso and head or from knees up. So please enjoy this course or on reimagining human subjects or figures as G B characters. 2. Single Chibi Base From Photo: In this video, I will be discussing how to create a basic chippy post from a photograph. We will start by creating a nice large canvas for all of the upcoming images. Not all of the's images that I draw out will be included in the videos. Due to repetition between them, however, they will be available as a file that you can examine and download from the course itself. The first thing that you will want to do is to set up your drawing programs window so that you can have an image open to the side in order to draw your post from as I chose to use unedited photos that I had taken myself, they did not want to open in clips studio paint due to the file format, so I just opened them in the Windows Photo Viewer. However, you can open a file in clips studio paint and moved the one window over to the side and just resize it that way. You can have and reference image toe one side and the canvas on the other side in the same way that I have the photo set up here. If you're running multiple monitors feel free to have your image on one screen and you're drawing program open on the other For this one here for recording purposes, I chose to have them on the same screen rather than on separate screens, which I would usually do. Once you have the canvas and the image set up, choose your favorite drawing tool for me. I used the light pencil and I start with a light blue, and later on we'll move into the darker colors. In this case, it's a later blue than the almost black that I go with while it is overall a medium blue. Once you have chosen your tool, it is time to start drawing the figure itself. I always start with the head, and for this as it's a chippy, you want to create an overly large more of an oval shaped head. And while the normal head you will have the longer top to bottom and shorter on the sides. For a Chibi, you want it shorter, top to bottom and wider on the sides. Once you have the over well drawn for the head itself, draw in the lines that you'll uses guidelines for the eyes and mouth. Keep note on the direction that your character is going to be looking so that your lines air Onley straight down the middle for the most part, if they're going to be looking directly forward. Otherwise you will take the lines and place them closer to the midpoint of where your eyes are going to be. From here on, it's nice and simple. Just use basic shapes such as squares, triangles and ovals to get down the idea of where the pose is going to be going. Don't worry about if it is too large at this point, as you can always adjust it later on. Has this is male rather than female characters, which I usually draw? The chest is more of a square to rectangle than it will be triangles to get the smaller waist that you see in a female character. As I chose more of an action pose here than a static one. Just keep an eye on which leg is more forward than the other, how they're bent, how the arms air bent and draw each one in segments. So you've got the upper arm one way and the lower arm in another. Now that the very basic form is drawn. I'm just going toe last. So over it. Copy and paste. Select the image. First scale, upscale down and move it over. Once it has moved over, it is time to resize the body to make it an appropriate size for the chippy. As you'll notice, I tend to draw the body Maurin proportion for a normal figure at the start. Then it would be for Chibi, so I always just take the body and size it down. That way, the head is the obvious, larger part. Once you're done with re sizing and moving to the body so that it works with the head, simply adjust the canvas size, and then it is time to start with some of the more intricate details. Don't be afraid to use your lasso tool with the's scale, upscale down or the free transform tools to adjust specific areas of the body so that they work better with the post that you're referencing. In this case, I had to take the one leg and shortened the lower part so that it will work to make it appear a Ziff. That part was further back. I'm now going to copy and paste this and used the's scale upscale down rotate function to move it over. Before I start with the intricate details, please note that you don't need to do this. I am just doing this so that you have a step by step guide as to how each stage was completed. Once I reached this point, I always tend to begin with the face, so I will go with my pencil tool again, either with a lighter or the darker pencil, and changed to a darker color. That way, it will be easier to differentiate between the very base form and the detail added form that I am currently working on. Now, when drawing eyes for a male to be, I always tend to go with smaller eyes, and they're also little boxier than the female ones, as I don't round out the top as much. Also, keep an eye on the expression that your references using and for this meant that I want was slightly narrower eyes than normal. Once you have the two eyes drawn on, feel free to use the lasso tool, select the eye that needs to be adjusted and are there used to free transform or scale up, scaled down to make it so that the eyes actually work together and that they make sense by flipping the image. As you see me doing here, it gives me an idea of how the eyes actually are. And if I can leave thumb as is or what, I still need to adjust on them with the face in which you'll notice that for any chippies you don't actually need to draw the nose. It's very rare that there is a nose on one draw out the remainder of the shape of the head Adan ears. If they're not going to be covered and eyebrows for this, I have opted not to use the glasses that the reference has, and instead I am drawing the characters without glasses and doing just a rough general idea . When you reach the stage in the process, you're still focusing only on the basic form rather than the highly detailed part. Once you have the post down and the general body shape, that is when you can add in any extra details, such as clothing or arm or whatever the character is going toe hold. Whereas for the purposes of this demonstration, I'm just going to leave it as a basic shape rather than add in any other elements to it. So for now, just continue to follow your reference to create the general shape of the body for your to be character before you add in any finishing touches. And remember that because this is a chippy figure, you don't need to add as much detail into the hands and feet as you would if you're looking for a more realistic image. The remainder of this video is just going to be simply creating the details for the basic pose, just as a pose reference, not as a fully fleshed out character. And in the next video, I will be going over how to create a couple pose using photos from a maternity photo shoot , which have not been edited. Just so you know, these are pictures I took a couple of years ago, and while these are unedited versions of the photos, there are also some of the goofing off and silly poses that were done. The photos that were left out are a couple of more static images from friends and family that I'm not going to be including a voice over four as Thea. Other videos will cover everything that you need to know about them. 3. Couple Chibi Pose From Photo: for this lesson, I will be going over creating chippy bases from a maternity photo shoot for a couple. As always, pick a pencil tool for your initial based drawing and a medium color that you will go over later on with a dark color. From here, start to draw the head of the character or person in this case, in the foreground of the image. Once the head of the foreground person is complete, start to draw the head of the person in the background at roughly its placement. As you see in the photograph, When you have the two drawn out like this, it gives you an idea of roughly how you're going to start to lay down the shapes for the body. As I mentioned before, I usually use triangle shapes for female characters. But in this case, as she was very pregnant, a triangle for a small waist wasn't inappropriate shape. So it stays within more of a square shaped like you would for a male character, while for both of them, the shoulders rise up a bit above the jaw line as you want to be able to adjust the body size later on. I suggest placing the shoulders a little bit lower. They will end up being below the jawline in the end. But this gives you an easier way to select the entire character in order to adjust the size . Once the torsos laid down, start drawing the limbs mostly just stick figure style at this point just to get an idea of where they're going to go, and after that you will begin with adding in shapes there as well for this base, for my chose to add a little more detail to the hands. So I did an almost triangle shape for the palm of the head and then added in the fingers. I am going to be keeping this consistent across all of the visible hands while the feet will remain the usual just tapered off in the end without any actual foot definition for any female characters, including chippies. I always like to outline a rough breast area just so you know that where there will be shading later on. And in the case of this being a pregnant female, I just started to draw very slight lines, marking off where the pregnant belly waas as you'll notice here I am continuing the trend of working on the person in the foreground, and then afterwards, the one in the background drawing out some of the more defined shapes for one person. And then the second person will allow you to get a better idea of how you're going to define the shapes of the person in the background, as with with e foreground person, the background person, I am starting to fill up the shapes for the arms and hands before moving on to the legs. As thes cheapies are at the very end of the campus, I will have to extend the size of the canvas in order to continue on once the shapes have been defined. When you want to adjust the canvas size and clip studio paint, go to the top left hand side of the program window, select at it and scroll down until you see change canvas size. When you go to change campus size, this will bring up a menu where you can type in the number of pixels or inches that you want to extend it to, depending on what you have your canvas set at, or you can go toothy canvas itself in the window and use thes slider on it to drag it up or down to increase or decrease the size. Now that I have copy and pasted the first image, it is time to select everything from the chin down and resize the CI V figures. So they match the appropriate scale of the large head smaller bodies. As this is a couple pose. It will involve moving the heads so that they fit with the resized bodies, which will change how they air placed on this canvas, rather then following the original placement in the photograph. And as you can see here, that means that the person in the background that she be has had its head moved so that it is overlapping with the one in the foreground. If I were to leave it back as it was in the photograph, the bodies would actually be larger. Then what would be considered proportionate for a TV image once everything has been resized at this time to add in the more detailed features, which for me involves beginning with the eyes as always as you'll see here. Compared to the previous video, I am rounding out the eyes and creating larger eyes for the female Chibi, whereas the male will have smaller, more squared off eyes. I am also opting to leave out the glasses again rather than including them. From this point onwards, the process is basically the same as what it was for the last video with the single G B form. The only real difference that you will notice is that I will actually outline the figures in different colors just to make it easier to determine which one is which. When you have multiple characters so close together and you were doing just the base sketch and you haven't moved on toe line work. It is easier to defer and cheat between the two if you have one character at one color and the other one at a different color. Hopefully these videos help you to create GB poses from a photograph rather than having to look up G B bases that other people have drawn. In the next video, I will talk about the class project for this course 4. Conclusion and Final Project: now that we have covered how to create your own G B base pose using photographic reference rather than hunting down the G B pose that you would like to use. We will talk about Thekla ass project for this course, which is to find a stock photo of a pose reference that you would like to use four year to be based form. Be sure to share any base poses that you do for the class project. As I would love to see the ones that you create after you have created your base model, be sure to check out my other class on creating your own digitally illustrated chippy for tips on how to color in and ink your TV basis. This concluding video is a quick time lapse, using images that I found on flicker dot com that were royalty free to create additional Chibi posed bases as thes photos air. Not once that I have taken personally, I will not be going over them in depth. Thank you for taking the time to watch. This course are in creating TB basis, and I look forward to creating more videos for you, so don't forget to like this course and leave any feedback or questions that you have and share with me and any other students. The base poses that you create. Thank you and goodbye.