【For Beginners】Poses with Weapons ~Part 3~【Making】
“Designs of weapons are easy to come up with, but when it comes to drawing them, that is another thing.”
I bet that there are not a few people who feel this way, and I’m not an exception.
I always draw weapons, but every time I have some troubles.
Drawing characters with weapons is so challenging, but I am writing this article in the hope that this will make it a little easier for you!
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I’ve written several articles pertaining to weapon designs, so I’d appreciate it if you read them!
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Same as the previous article, I’m going to use the weapon I’ve created before.
This time, I’ll draw a character with the Wand of Wind from my【Weapon Design】Become a Weaponsmith ~Wand Edition~!
It was good at first, being motivated to draw. However things don’t always go the way you want, and I’d drawn it over twice…
Since I’m the one who created this wand, I’m not eligible to complain about its design, but it’s so hard to come up with a posture of characters with this wand, because it has no features such as lights.
The pose below ought to look fine if the edge of the wand illuminated, but it was scrapped, it needs to be more unique for the wind wand.
Just so you know, this is a sketch for flashing wands.
It has a typical fantasy look, and excites us to see what magic would be spelled!
This is a posture of checking wind direction, because this wand has a weathercock on its top.
Use it by stabbing the edged end to the earth.
This, too, was rejected. I thought this lacked uniqueness and what’s more, it lacked versatility.
The posture needs to be typical for characters holding wands, because this work is going to be a reference for you!
So, the third try.
With the image of a character casting spells, holding up the wand high.
Being aware of perspective, draw the hand and wand in large sizes.
Divide layers of the hand and wand, and of the other body parts.
If it were not for detailed rough sketches, my line drawings would not be well-organized, and that’s why I draw the rough sketch carefully, so that in the stage of line drawing, it only needs to be traced.
I was struggling to draw the cock, so what I did was to [Copy (Command+C)] the cock which I created in the past, and [Transform (Ctrl+T)] to use it as a rough sketch.
Occasionally this kind of art is necessary, to preserve your energy!
Now, the rough sketch is completed!
The dynamic perspective comes first.
This makes your work look so cool!
Let’s move on to line drawing.
For the further information pertaining to detailed line drawings of character and painting colors, see articles below!
▼About line drawing and painting
This time, I added 4 layers which is rather more than usual: for hair, body, right hand, and the wand!
The wand is drawn using snaps [Vanishing Point (4)] and [Radial (5)].
Add depth and dynamism with the technique called three-point perspective.
For those who want to learn more, read this and get a detailed explanation!
Line drawing is completed!
Lastly, add colors.
We won’t use any special techniques or colors here, so paint the way you like!
Paint the base color.
Add shadows, assuming the light hits the front.
Iron objects look more realistic when you add reflected light, so you can use bright colors in parts!
The entire process of this work takes approximately 5.5 hours.
The complex shape of the wand was troublesome, but after all, the work finished.
Eventually, I’m satisfied with the result as it came to look like a scene of performing special moves or something.
Also I hope that you readers learn many ways of drawing, enchanting to create lovely illustrations!
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