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Jenny art process by Wickfield Jenny art process by Wickfield
I'm working on some MLAATR fanart at the moment, and I thought this would be a good time to give you an example of my current process for drawing character art.  (I've actually meant to do this for a while now, but I kept forgetting to save my steps as I worked, especially during the lineart process. ;) )

So to start, on the far left I usually do just a rough sketch in GIMP to get a line of action for the drawing.  This isn't very detailed, and usually it is based off an even smaller (maybe a 2-inch) thumbnail I've drawn with pencil on a separate sheet of paper.  Sometimes for more realistic people I will use reference photos I've taken of myself to get the general pose down, but since Jenny is a robot, it's okay if she has kind of exaggerated proportions.

For the next step, I go in on a new layer over the rough sketch and start adding in detail for how I want the character to look in my style.  Usually I draw the body first, then go back and add the clothes on top.

The third image is my revised sketch, I don't like to have too rough of a sketch when I'm importing into Inkscape.  I always use pink for my revised sketches because...I like pink. ;)  These lines are supposed to indicate where I do the digital "inking" in Inkscape, so I try to avoid anything too sketchy, but I usually end up making lots of changes anyway.  When I used to do hand-drawn lineart, I would stop at this step and move to coloring, but it was not nearly precise enough for me so I was very glad when I figured out the method for using Inkscape instead!

For step 4 I import the sketch into Inkscape, which is an open source vectoring program, and I do my lineart there.  Normally I will work in just one line weight when I'm putting down the original lines, and I refine the character design as I'm working since my proportions are usually a bit off when I'm doing my sketching.  I actually still use this process for making the lineart although it is more detailed for this kind of drawing than for a basic cartoon.

Next I go in and edit the lineart to make it look more like it was "inked" rather than drawn on a computer program.  In Inkscape, the lines have a blunt edge unless you manually alter the thickness.  In many of my earlier drawings I stopped at the previous step and went straight to coloring but they are rather lifeless because there's no variation in the lineart.  For this particular drawing I also colored the lineart since Jenny has a green outline in the original cartoon.

Lastly, I save the Inkscape file and import it back to GIMP for coloring.  Right now I am not doing anything very fancy with my coloring as I prefer to use the lineart for dimension and detailing - mostly I'm sticking to flat colors and I just fill those in with the magic wand tool.  For Jenny I did add a bit of subtle lighting on her "clothes" and "hair" to suggest a metallic sheen.

This is not the finished drawing, I'm going to add a few more characters from the show as well, but I hope you enjoyed the peek at the upcoming art and my process too!  If you have any questions just let me know! :)
 
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SceneDemonz Featured By Owner Edited Sep 13, 2017
Lol wow, my cartoon crush back when I was in middle school Sweating a little... 
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Wickfield Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, if I'd had this channel when the show first aired I'm sure I would have crushed on Brad myself!
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SceneDemonz Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2017
I can see that on you for some reason, having a crush on him from that show :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) 
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MoonyMina Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
really cool :) it's nice to see the stepy :) and this chara is cute!!
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Wickfield Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, gotta love Jenny!
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Lookafar Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, and I love Jennie. (So does 14-bis, if you know him here).

I'd love to see you take her one or two steps further - into fabrics instead of metal plates.
Don't think I've ever seen that before.

I know you can do it . Fabulously, of course!!! 
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Wickfield Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've seen a lot of fanart of Jenny in fabric clothes...maybe some of it by 14-bis, actually!
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Lookafar Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I admire your methodical progression.

My problem is - I want to jump to the finished item from the get-go. Always have.

Despite being born an art prodigy (in line-art only, and yes, I was gob-smackingly talented) no-one ever took the time to teach me how to actually draw, until I reached 20 and was at Architecture School. Then it was all about structures, not characters.

<sigh>
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Wickfield Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yep, drawing is a journey, not a destination! It took awhile to figure that out though. :)
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Lookafar Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Yup, I need to upgrade my Inner Sat-nav.
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robogirls Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2017
interesting procedure
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Wickfield Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Tahkaullus01 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
I love things like this, showing the steps taken to make the final piece.
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Wickfield Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So do I!
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kevinlaboratory Featured By Owner Edited Sep 12, 2017  Student Filmographer
Nice beautiful detail.
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Wickfield Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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