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Unique Character Tut 0 - Intro by dimensionten Unique Character Tut 0 - Intro by dimensionten
Edit for anyone who's actually following this: I've changed the header on both this and Face part 1. I decided to condense the drawing style tips and ways to make your character stand out into one section, and I've changed a lot of text in there that you can't see yet. xD; Face Part 2 should actually be coming soon. For srs.

Part 1: Face (1) - [link]
Part 2: Face (2) - [link]
Part 3: Body - [link]
Part 4: Anthro/Fantasy - [link]

I may go back and actually ink the pencil sketch stuff but I have a LOT more tutorial to go through and I'm lazy.

I will add helpful links where they are relevant. Don't hold your breath for the next part, this kind of stuff takes me forever.

Edit: I will draw women too, I promise.

Slight update: Tweaked a bit of the text.

Re-edit: Mushi-shi belongs to some Japanese person whose name I don't know.

Re-re-edit:
I've just read though Jeinu's Unique Features Tutorial and it's great stuff!

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Make sure you check her out too.
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MAngoal Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
wow... hehe.. :love:
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Effing-Awesum Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2010
Hell yes I love tutorials.
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dimensionten Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2010
Must...get...unlazy enough to finish....
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TheDelphina Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your point about having varying designs to make your characters more distinct and identifiable as individuals is a good one in many contexts, but I'd argue that people in Mushishi serve as one episode settings/backgrounds for the mushi's activities, like a school or hot spring or beach might serve as a setting for an episode in a different series. People aren't the characters; mushi are, and using bland character design to scale back on human importance so they don't overshadow the mushi and their effects on humans is actually a pretty innovative approach.
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dimensionten Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2010
That's true. I learned to accept the people as a sort of backdrop as I watched the series, but I swear the first time I watched through Musi-shi it took me half of episode 2 to figure out that the Black-Haired Asian Kid wasn't the same character as the one from Episode 1.

So yes, the artist (don't know his name) can use bland character designs as much as he wants, but I'd just like to be able to tell the characters apart a bit more to avoid confusion.
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