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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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i love ur tutorials
GSnail Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital 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.
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.
Ritzic Jul 13, 2011  Student Artist
very helpful tutorial.
Lyrak 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 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...
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 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<;
Not memorable or memorizeable is a problem if you're attempting to have it appeal to other people :giggle:

AkaTsukiSakuya May 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm considering making a short animation. Sad thing is, unless it's 3D animation, I'd have to simplify the characters' designs. Sad sad...

I do, however, have the patience to do complex markings in a comic over and over XD
I've been doing it for growing and recolors, after all ;3
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