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Dessin de personnages 2D avec symétrie

teacher avatar Dave Reed, 2D & 3D Illustrator - Brooklyn, NY

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      Dessin de personnages 2D avec symétrie !


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      Projet du cours


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      Pour commencer


    • 4.

      Personnage mignon Partie 2


    • 5.

      Mignon petit diable


    • 6.

      Mignon petit extraterrestre 1


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      Mignon petit extraterrestre 2


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      Merci !


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About This Class

Bienvenue sur une toute nouvelle façon de concevoir et de croquer des personnages ! La symétrie a beaucoup d'utilisations au-delà de simples personnages de dessin : calligraphie et conceptions de style ornemental, mandalas et bien plus encore. J'adore dessiner et croquer tous les types de personnages et de créatures et avec les techniques que vous apprendrez dans ce cours, vous aurez une nouvelle façon simple, et amusante de trouver des conceptions vraiment merveilleuses ! J'espère que vous êtes impatients de commencer à dessiner des conceptions de personnages 2D avec la symétrie, commençons à commencer !

Remarques :

Vous pouvez utiliser n'importe quel programme qui vous permet de dessiner symétriquement (j'utilise Procreate sur iPad Pro)

Vous pouvez utiliser ces conceptions pour pratiquer le modélisation 3D !

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1. 2D Character Drawing with Symmetry!: What's up, guys, drug-free? Dave here, welcome to 2D drawing with symmetry. And I'm gonna be using Procreate, but you can use any application that has a symmetry feature where you can draw on one side and it'll be symmetrical on the other side. So this class is all about 2D character design. Once you know this technique, you'll be able to come up with endless amounts of different character designs, unique character designs. It's not difficult, it's not hard. You can almost just doodle and come up with really cool things. Using symmetry just makes it very easy, easier than just drawing free hand. Because when you draw freehand and you have to copy everything perfectly. And sometimes they can get in the way of the creative process. Our faces are not symmetrical, but with artwork, it's a little more important to make things symmetrical. Sometimes not all the times, but sometimes I'm also gonna be doing this a lot to create characters, to then make in 3D. It's really fun making characters this way. I know that you like it, and I'm glad that you're here for another 2D drawing class with me, drug-free, Dave. And now that we have all that out of the way, let's move on to the next video, the class project. 2. Class Project: This class project, I'm going to keep it short and sweet. You can just draw some characters. You can just make characters, make them as close or as different as you want to mine. But just have fun, just relax and just enjoy the process of creating these characters. That's the one thing that I really love about symmetry. It's fun. It's a little more therapeutic. For lack of a better word. I really like it and I hope you like it. I'm really looking forward to your projects. Make sure to upload them to the class. Alright, so let's just get started. We'll, we'll move on to the next video. Video number three, getting started. 3. Getting Started: So I have my Canvas open and it's just 3 thousand by 3 thousand pixels. It doesn't really matter how big your canvas is, because I'm going to eventually make these in 3D. So that's what I'm making these four, but I always use it became his because I never know when I want to save the sketch or print the sketch. So 3 thousand by 3 thousand is a good canvas to start with. So the first thing that we want to do for our layer is right now, you don't see Drawing Assist and we're going to use symmetry. So we want to turn on Drawing Assist that will allow us to draw on one side and the same thing will show up on the other side. So I'm gonna go here to this little wrench. And then I'm going to tap Drawing Guide. So now you see that the drawing guide is here. You'll probably have to go into Edit Drawing Guide before that pops up. And you'll see these options. And you want to just go to symmetry. And you can make the line a little bit thicker or thinner. You can change the color with this color bar. But I like black. So I can see that nice and clearly. Then you just hit Done. Now you notice that we have a straight line through our Canvas. And over here the layers, Let's see, drawing guide. So I made this new layer before I did all this. So I'll just have to tap on it and hit Drawing Guide. But once you open a new layer and a new canvas and you turn that on, you should automatically be say, Drawing Guide. But if not, then just tap on Drawing Guide and it should say assisted and that's how you know that you're doing it. Otherwise, it'll just be like this. If it says assisted, assisted, it'll look like this. So that's what we want. Okay, so now that we have that situated, we have our layer assisted with symmetry. We can go ahead and create our little monster. So I'm going to try to keep this very simple. There's endless ways that you can do it. So let's just start with a sort of rounded square. And I usually just concentrate on one side. We'll do a rounded square like this. And maybe we want to give it some little, I don't know. We'll do some little sort of thing. He's up there, maybe some roundy ears like that. And now we can, maybe we'll just do a little shape like this. You can leave the shape for a body. Or if you want to do like a, like a little dress or something, you can always come off like this. You can just choose whatever option you think is fun. But I kinda like that. Maybe we'll do another layer underneath and then we'll do some lakes. So I just basically concentrate on each side, has sort of made a Christmas tree looking thing here. And then I made some little, some little legs like that. And for arms, Let's just do this to Gingerbread style arms like that. Okay, so let's figure out her face next. 4. Cute Character Part 2: I actually, I'm not sure why it's a her I guess because of the dress. I guess the dress makes it either. So I'm gonna go, I'm gonna double down on her. And I'm going to erase this. And now we just have the dress. And maybe we'll put some details on the dress. Like we'll put some something like this. That way it looks like a, like a real dress. And then maybe we'll do some little loops or something like this. Let's try to make it even like that. Or you can do, you can always do some, some flowers. But this is extra because we can do all that actually when we're doing the sculpting or when we color it. Maybe some. You can always, here's another trick that you can do. You can turn off symmetry. You can turn off drawing assist. Drawing assist is what you want to turn off. And then you can do things like if you just want to add some stripes or something, you can do that. And then you can turn drawing assist back on. You just go to the layers and in turn drawing assist back on. And then you're good to go with the rest of your drawing. So for the face, Let's do some. Here's something I always do for the face. I always kinda do this to help me figure out where I want the eyes to go. Make some big eyes like this. You know how I always pay my nice big eyes. It looks nice. And we'll do a sort of light semicircle around the eyes. You know that I always do that as well. Let's put some little circles here. She has some pretty nice eyes. Let's figure out where we want to put those eyes at something like this. Notice how I lean them towards the center of the face. You don't want to put them in the middle. You want to lead them towards the center. That way she's looking right at the camera. Okay. Let's let's do a rounded semicircle for the nose type area. And maybe we'll even do a squarish sort of knows, something like this. Then here we can just go like this. Just to round and a little pop like that. If you want, you can even do a little chin underneath. And you can do maybe some little circles over here. So something like that. I think that's pretty pretty cute. And there's something weird about the legs. Let me erase the legs and just put maybe some round legs like this. We didn't put them closer together. Some round legs like this. I think that looks a little bit better. I think. I think she's looking pretty cute. So let's do a couple more of these. And just see what different shapes we can use to get completely different characters. And just different vibes for our little cute characters are monsters, will try to do some sort of monster next. 5. Cute Little Devil: Okay, so let's uncheck this layer with our little character, will add a new layer. And then we'll go ahead and tap on that layer. And we'll tap Drawing Assist. So that way that will bring back our symmetry so we can work on our character. So let's, let's come out from the, from the center. Then maybe we'll even go to a head sort of like this. And then we can come out and we can do something like that. I can do a little shape like that, sort of like little horns. And then for the body Let's do is sort of teardrop. So notice that I really tried to pay attention to one side. I'll do a little teardrop body. And then maybe we'll do something like that for the feet. So just in case I'll go a little bit closer and I'll do that again. So I just sort of come off, come off of this teardrop. You can always bring them closer together if you want. And then I just make another little little blip. There. Are the feet. I think I like it a little further. I think I like his legs a little bit further out. Like we had it the first time. So we'll do it like this. You can even draw a line straight across if that helps. And then you can make another line here. For the feet. Maybe he has two toes. You can give him some little arms. If you wanted to. You can give them different type of arms. Like maybe you want to give them a little bit bigger Arms like that and then we can give him some little fingers, like maybe just some pops off like this. Just very simple fingers. Okay. So now for eyes, Let's see, do we wanna do, Let's do some eyes like let's do a straight line like this. Let's make some really tall eyes. And we'll do the same thing. I always do that. I always do the line around the eyes like this. Sort of give them that eye socket. K Now for his knows, something like this. And let's give him a big mouth. Something like that. And we'll give them some sort of sharpest, sharpest teeth, but not too sharp. I still want them to be cute. And the same thing we can give him some eyes. For now. We'll just draw some circular eyes. And very close to the center, we can make them a little bit further apart. So something like this. I think that's pretty cute. You can go ahead and color in his mouth too. Although it's sort of weird color in with symmetry on. I think that looks pretty cute. So last but not least, I'll just do a dark line up here. You know, I like to do a dark line and then little tip like that. And maybe we'll do another line here. Just for a little eyelid, kim, a little nose. But I think it looks pretty cute. You can always fix them out, fix them up and change where the eyes are and things like that. And you can also add more details when you turn the drawing assist off as well. I think he looks pretty good. So let's go ahead and try one more character. And then we can just, we can call it a day. 6. Cute Little Alien 1: Okay, so we're gonna do the same thing that we did before. We'll tap on our layers and we'll turn off this layer. And we'll add another layer. We'll tap on that layer and then we'll hit Drawing Assist, which will turn on our symmetry. Okay, so what shapes do we wanna do now? Let's try. Don't know. So we'll do, we'll just do a random shape. So something like this, I guess. Let's do some here. Let's do a little shape like this. Kinda like credit sort of looks like a skull almost. And down here let's do a little sort of body shape. We can do his little feet like we normally do. Let's do some instead of arms, Let's do something like tentacles. So we do some tentacles. Then for here, we'll do, let's just make some marks like this and then we can do tentacles up here as well. That's kinda weird. Something like that. And let's see, we want to put the mouth and stuff up here or down here for the eyes. So maybe we'll just start with a line about here. Nice brown eyes like that. And let's actually do a cute or face. So we'll just do a little cute little face like that. Because it doesn't really fit him because he's a weird alien character. But let's do a little pop here. And then what else does he need? Let's do let's do our dark line here with maybe a, maybe a line coming off. And we'll do two little pops there. Let's make these little rounder. So the alien looks happy. And I'm not sure what we should put here. It's a bit strange. Maybe we could let's see if we just I don't know if we can add that because that might look a little bit too provocative. Let's try. Well, you know what, We can always erase. Don't ever be afraid to erase and change something that you make. Sometimes things just need to be changed. So maybe we'll go like this. And then we'll go like this. We can do some arms sort of like this. So I'm actually going to change the whole bottom because I really liked the top. And I kinda like her outfit. So why not do something like this? And then just do some little legs. We can even do some tentacles. So what if we do like some some tentacles? And then we can do like a color. Maybe maybe it's like a vast I could double vest. Maybe we'll do something like this. Now she has sort of, uh, kinda like an interesting little outfit. Maybe we'll make a little, little chin. The only thing about the chain is sometimes it'll look like the mouth is open. So maybe you want the mouth open, but for now we'll leave it like that. And then maybe we'll do little circles here. And I feel like this character would have really big eyes. So let's do some really big eyes. I'm gonna do it on a layer underneath. So I'm going to tap on the layer underneath and hit plus. That way the new layers underneath the layer we're working with, I'll just rename it eyes. And then I'll use the happy circle. Let's see how big that is. You know what? Actually we can turn on Drawing Assist. Let's turn on drawing assist for the eyes. We can put them both in at the same time. We can take erase. Oops. Let's make our eraser a little bit smaller. And then we can erase away. The eyes wouldn't be shown. And let's take our, we can take our Disney sketch light, the one that we've been sketching with. Actually, you know what? Let's take G brush. Let's put the opacity down to 30%. Brush size can be about seven or so. And let's just mean the eraser size, excuse me. So we're going to use Disney G brush for the eraser. So 30%. The eraser can be about eight. And let's just go like this. On the bottom. 7. Cute Little Alien 2: Okay, so let's take our brush. Let's take Disney G brush. And do we want to erase or do we want to know what I'm going to use the eraser? So let's tap the eraser instead. And Disney G brush, we'll turn the opacity down to thirty-five percent. Then brush can be about eight. Let's take drawing assist off of the eye layer. So our eye layer does not have Drawing Assist anymore. And let's just take the eraser and just erase away inside on the bottom. And this is actually, I can do it better than that. I'm actually going to turn. Now what I'm going to leave it straight because I'm probably gonna make videos of this, so I'll leave it straight. So essentially, I like to call these jelly beans. So I'm gonna make a jelly bean or on the bottom of this like that. And then we'll make another Jelly Bean here on this side. The reason why I turned off the symmetry is sometimes they can look a little funny if they're, if they're mirrored. So now we'll take the eraser and we'll turn the opacity all the way up. And we can turn it down to about five. And we'll just go ahead and erase a little bit here and a little bit here. Now we have our cute, adorable little alien girl. She, she, she feels like a girl as well. Let's go back to let's use Disney brush. And we can go back to, we can go back to the main layer. And Disney brushes just, we can just add some little. She almost looks like a little predator. She really does. I do like that movie, so something like that and maybe some little freckles. I think that's really cute. But I really had fun with these. I hope that you guys enjoyed them. As you can see, you can make tons and tons of different creatures and different characters and things like that. So just have fun with it. I think I'm gonna go ahead and make these into 3D characters. I'm not sure which one I'm going to start with first. We're going to start with, let me merge this down. We have this character and we have this little character. So I'm not sure which one I'm going to model in 3D. I might make some more, but I just wanted to show just some fun ways to make these, these cute little characters. It's really easy and really fun. And the more you get used to it, the more the better characters you'll be able to make them more control you have over the symmetry tool. And it just becomes a lot of fun. It makes the process really, really fun. So I hope you guys enjoyed that. Let's go back to our little r, little creature here. I think this one is my favorite one. Let me know which one is your favorite. And I can't wait to see your guys Artworks. I'll see you all in the next video. I don't know why I said that's a weird. I'll see you guys in the next video. I can't believe I got through that without the cat and ruining it. You probably heard her a little bit, but she's so loud outside. She's fat too. 8. THANK YOU!: All right guys, welcome back. Thank you so much for taking my class. I hope that you enjoyed it, and I hope that you made some really, really cool, Cute, weird, strange, awesome, beautiful characters. And that's a good thing to practice. Practice doing different types of characters, different expressions. They can be a little tricky with symmetry, but you can always turn that off. And then you can have like a one-sided smirk. You know, don't forget to add things. Once you turn symmetry off. It's your character. You can do what you want. It doesn't have to be completely symmetrical. Using symmetry is a great base and makes it easy to just design things as we've done, as you've done. So make sure to post it, make sure to push your characters to the class project. I can't wait to see them. Can you post them on social media? Be sure to tag me because I will shout you out and share your work. I love showing you guys off. So I'm really, really looking forward to that. You can check me out on Instagram, TikTok or YouTube. I'm always doing things connected to classes, free tutorials, things like that. So make sure you check me out on those other platforms, all drug-free, Dave. And also another really cool thing is the last character I decided to make into 3D. I actually have a Skillshare class called 3D cute character design in nomad sculpt. So if you're using an iPad or Android and you have no med scoped and you want to learn how to do 3D. Then check out my 3D. Was it called 3D? 3d modeling? 3d modeling for beginners with nomad sculpt. That'll get you started. And then you can take the class where I turned my third, the third drawing that I did into a 3D model. I know Matt Scott, and I think it just brings it to a completely new level. So if you're interested in learning 3D and you want a 3D sculpt things. It's very fun by the way. That makes sure you check out that glass tube. Alright, well, once again, I really appreciate each and every one of you. It's been a pleasure. It's always a pleasure. I love teaching and I can't wait to see you back for the next class. Alright, keep drawing, keep sculpting seawall. In the next video.