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    Just Starting..Need Advice/Critique

    Well im making my own video game and theirs alot of character & building drawing involved I've been drawing for about 3 years..but not seriously just boredom sketche's every now and then..and while drawing my character's I noticed that my drawing style really hasn't changed the lines are Smoother and I dont erase as much but..I always draw the same pose for every character..So I dedcided I want to get better at Drawing but not just anime character's a little of everything..

    Here are some of the characters I was drawing when I was thinking of this..
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    they are looking good. random and interesting details on characters give them life and well, character.

    I would recommend working on other angles, not just front. And do not ignore hands and feet, which they will bug you later on. your drawings remind me of one of my really close friends.

    also, is there some sort of blur+multiply thing going on because its hurting my eyes
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    You need more anatomy practice....trust me on this.

    I can tell by how you're holding the pencil...you're focused on the style rather than the form the style is built around. Open up a sketchbook and practice everyday. This will both improve your visual vocabulary and loosen up your lines.

    also..photoshop lessons, particularly on levels, will help image quality as well.
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    I see Cloud from FF7 in there. The guy to the left I've also seen in some game, don't remember which. Copying is good practice, put if you want to do your own game you'll have to work harder to come up with some original designs. Not just take a popular character and change his shoulder-protection from non-spikey to spikey. Especially when the non-spikiness of it was what made it original to begin with... :p

    Get creative, get crazy! Throw out mad ideas all over the place, improvise, make a pear instead of his head, make a witch riding a huge lighter, put absurd things together and/or take "normal" things and give them a twist... Plus, you need some anatomy work... If you just keep going you'll get there eventually.

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    ok

    OK so I should start sketching everyday and work on my anatomy..I'll try to work on hands and feet some more..
    Actually I added a Gaussian Blur and Multiplied it in photoshop.. that's why the quality is kinda bad..
    @Whyatt Thrash: All these character are original..If you think it resembles another character then ill have to change him around but I dont really see any..
    Thanks for the advice I'll try to improve on what you pointed out..
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    You really don't see the similarities between this guy and yours in the middle? Basically the same hair, the same shoulder protection although you put it on his right arm and gave it spikes point spikes, even the same turtleneck tank top...

    Even if you claim it's your original, you can plainly see it's already been done.
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    I see your point I really haven't seen an old picture of Cloud in a long time only the new ver. of him which is in Kingdom Hearts..I'll have to change him..But you mentioned the one on the left where you talking about the first one;That is My main character and I really dont want him to look like anyone else??
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    I dunno where I've seen it, but I'm sure I have. And since you managed to copy Cloud without being aware of it, I'm sure you have too.

    Just try doing something original that you're sure you haven't seen before. Like I said, go crazy!

    Good luck!
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    Yeah Ill try..im Gonna do Seedling's Concept Art 101 but I will definatley remake the character's I really dont want any Similarities..&& I'll work on the anatomy..Thanks for The Help
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    oh..pleeeease. what in anime HASN'T been done?

    I'm drawing a blankin my sketchbook, that is

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    Draw in your HANDS... if you leave them out then you'll never get the practice.

    Also... try doing some 3 quarter views.. you might bet more costume detail that way. your current drawing shave the standard "paper doll" look.
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    Quote Originally Posted by llothcat View Post
    oh..pleeeease. what in anime HASN'T been done?

    Well, that's easy! Emmmmm.... Well, eeeem. HMmmmmmmmm...

    I'll get back to you.
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    I am not a big fan of anime but that is beside the point here.

    firstly if you are designing a video game unless it is side scrolling you need to do a front side 3/4 and back view of each character, you need to add the hands as well

    take a look at this link.
    http://www.anime-model-sheets.com/
    for reference.

    I argee that you need to work on anatomy as well. You also need something that sets the characters apart from all the other anime out there.

    As it is a video game you need to design the characters with the game in mind, even if you are programming and animating the game yourself.
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