While I understand what Kizito's saying, I believe you said somewhere in that that this is an older piece where you had to use a mouse. ; )
I also say this is an excellent example of drawing from life what's needed to put life into a more detailed personal design.
And...I had no idea there was so much criticism on anthropomorphism in artwork still. Isn't it comparable to a song or book you don't like? Don't like the art, just don't look at it and leave it alone.
This is really great - I can't believe so little people have seen this! It makes me sad to see many artists anthropomorphizing celebrities and other people by drawing them with a generic face and just adding characteristic clothes or hair, while actually modelling the appearance of the anthro character after the human original is so much more fun in my opinion! +Fav! This shall be spread. C:
Nice otherwise though. Could use more shapes on the cat's face, as by simply looking at your marks I don't get any sense of form, just fur. It's obvious by your work YOU use the shapes and not just the overall look of the fur, but based on your explanation here a beginner would never know that is what you are supposed to do. You say "round, soft features", but you don't actually outline the features...
Good start though. I'll certainly be +faving an updated version. As someone mentioned above, it is nice to show people that anthropomorphism is more than "kitty ears on a human head", though I don't think you've caught the correct level of depth in this tutorial yet.
You aren't really supposed to outline when you first pick up the pencil to draw. You are supposed to capture gesture- working from general to specific. Forgive me, this is actually a very old tutorial and this was before I got a tablet. (I drew with a mouse) so yes, I could have probably shown more.
and I do know there were some spelling errors XD haha Corel doesn't have a spell check I'll have to fix it when I get a chance. Thank you though!
Yeah, but that's not what I'm saying. Rephrased: fur and whiskers are not a general gesture, they are detail. The cheekbone, chin, shape of the face, etc. outline the gesture. The fur is just fluff, if you forgive the pun, the bones are the key. It just seems with the cat picture you're doing what you say not to do, but you show it correctly with the man.
It's not really what and you showed (using a tablet wouldn't have made a bit of difference), its what you didn't show. After all, when you combine a cat and a man, it's more than just putting fur and cat ears on, you blend the skeletal structure. YOU do this, but you don't show how to do it here.
Don't take things too personally though, one of the reasons I'm being so critical is the fact you have so many young anthro-artist watchers who do things this way, and this tutorial unintentionally reinforces bad habits. The sooner budding anthro artists figure out that anatomy actually matters, the better.
nah I'm not taking anything personally. I'm glad you brought it up. You are right, there is a lot more to this than what I've shown. Perhaps some of it comes from me already being experienced with this and I left some of the most important bits out. Again, it's an old tutorial so when I revisit this again, I will definitely try to hit on those bits that I left out.
I do have several gesture drawing tutorials in my gallery too Including a video.
Would you mind terribly if I added this to the Scrollbox Featured area of my DA Journal? I'd like to show to people that drawing an anthropomorphic creature is more than just slapping a set of badly placed kitty ears on a head.