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Character Design Tut: Markings by AddictionHalfWay Character Design Tut: Markings by AddictionHalfWay
Part two of my character design tutorial/guide/thing.

Just a little add-on, I happen to prefer designing very simple designs. That's just my personal preference. There's nothing wrong with enjoying complexity and there's nothing wrong with enjoying simplicity. But yeah, in this tutorial you'll see the animals I drew throughout rarely have complex markings. That's just how I roll :shrug:

Also, yeah, I happen to look at natural designs and unnatural designs equally. I've seen shit on both sides and I've seen greatness on both sides in equal proportions. There's nothing wrong with "sparkledog" designs. Alright? Alright. Enjoy the tutorial :D

Part 3 will probably come out tomorrow or something btw.

Photoshop CS3
Art, tutorial ~AddictionHalfWay
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FeralCider Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Student Filmographer
interesting i never really thought about what to focus on  , though i entirely believe theres no such thing as a bad design , each to their own as i say because its bad to someone else does not mean another person thinks so. theres not really a line when it comes to art ^^ if people want to draw it that way its up to them,people should not be drawing to make others happy but themselves ^^

i like the idea of focus though i could see this helping me when im stuck in my character design ^^ figure out what i want to be the focus of the character 
sleekyscool Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
i love ur tutorials
GSnail Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I didn't know sparkledogs were just unnaturally colored dog characters, but a derisive term for an overcomplicated dog design attempting to make up for lack of other vairance.
AddictionHalfWay Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
I think the definition changes from person to person. When people say they like sparkledogs they're including a wide variety of things. When people say they hate sparkledogs they're overgeneralizing sparkledogs, assuming that there are no sparkledogs but overcomplicated designs.
rg116 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Student Artist
very helpful tutorial.
Lyrak Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't have the patience mfor complex markings. XD I may have some "weird" ones now and then, but if you notice I don't draw my characters with spots or stripes (namely, my hyenas) very often. XDDD
AkaTsukiSakuya Featured By Owner May 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I actually quite like the natural bad wolf's markings... just not the color combo... It doesn't look good on this style, but it would in the one I often work in--highly detailed, lineless, semi-realism. I would say that style is also a defining factor.

Have I told you about my odd situation? I try to design sparkledogs (though I don't laze about it), but no one has ever accused me of besparkling my canines XD I'm still waiting...
AddictionHalfWay Featured By Owner May 5, 2011
lmao well designs are very much up to opinions. Good or not, i'd still consider it a non-memorable mess that won't resonate :shrug:

I imagine it's because your style isn't that stereotypical sparklesparkle preteen-animu-wolves-off-to-save-the-world style. Or the last time i checked anyways :lmao:
Or you just lucked out.
AkaTsukiSakuya Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It'd say it's more non-memorizeable XD Like you'd need a mapping of the body to know where to place all the markings for the whole first issue if it happens to appear in a comic.

Probably lucky, cause they do fall into the stereotypical elemental animals created by and escaped from humans >w<;
AddictionHalfWay Featured By Owner May 6, 2011
Not memorable or memorizeable is a problem if you're attempting to have it appeal to other people :giggle:

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