Shop Mobile More Submit  Join Login
:The Art of Cross Referencing: by Katmomma :The Art of Cross Referencing: by Katmomma
Tutorial By ^Katmomma

Just goes to show you how Vital life-references are to character design. :D

It's how Disney and Dreamworks have done it for years with their characters.

Everything you need to read is above :D No use me rambling down here.

Have fun!
Add a Comment:
Tygerson Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
Very cool! I like how methodical you are about it!
Tatchu Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! Great tips for designing new characters! :D
AX22 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010
interesting way of furrifying(idk how else to say it) people.
DarkDragon9694 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010
Very nice!
this will help alot when i finnaly get around to makeing my "fursona"
thanks for makeing this!
WingedSonar Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010   General Artist
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.
Neinbock Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010
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:
Phraggle Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2009   General Artist
You're teaching the world how to mass produce furries! Soon they'll take over everything! :iconfurrydanceplz:
Jinggo78 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009
cat says "I can be refurence?"
BecSparrow Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009
This is lovely and very well laid out! Although I'm never thought about this when I've drawn anthro, this has actually made me realise that I DOOOO do this subconsciously!

Great tutorial hon! Lovely shot of Shafer kitty too :3
GuardianKitsune Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009
General-to-Specific. I need to remember this. Our prof. was telling us this a few weeks ago. XD

Great ref/tut. I wanna draw me in anthro so this is going to help a lot. :)
DeepDream-21 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
I would say, this version of creating new characters is very creative :)
FelldohTheSquirrel Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's cool! :D I never looked at it this way before, should greatly improve my art. xD
Fox-Ink Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009
Very interesting. I'll have to look into this when I have more time but for now its off to work!
coffinberry Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Augh, thank you, as I tried over and over to explain this to someone lately :frustrated:
Ayem Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009
Awesome stuff! This is how I've usually done things. Good to know I'm doin' it right.
ksheridan Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009  Professional General Artist
impoptrantly? grantid? eep.

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.
Katmomma Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009  Professional General Artist
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 :giggle: I'll have to fix it when I get a chance. Thank you though! :heart:
ksheridan Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009  Professional General Artist
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. :)
Katmomma Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009  Professional General Artist
nah I'm not taking anything personally. :hug: 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 :ninja: Including a video.
prbardin Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
A good read! Thanks for making this :thumbsup:
Chrysshart Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Bee-chan Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
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.

Katmomma Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009  Professional General Artist
sure you may. I'd be honored :) :hug:
SketchDrayton Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009
Smoothly done.
suzaku009 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009
This is amazing. Thank you!
Add a Comment:


Submitted on
December 2, 2009
Image Size
459 KB


9,809 (2 today)
288 (who?)