Hello, I'm new here!



  • Okay so here is the character sketch I made at the beginning that he liked, so I have been trying to work off of this for the other drawings. She is a 6-7 year old girl who is having a conflict with her ponytail.

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    And here are a couple of pages that I have had trouble with.

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    The last one I am still playing with which is why it has that flaw by her face.



  • @eli Thank you! I have put "character consistency" into google and didn't come up with very many helpful results. I will definitely have to look through the videos and get some tips that way



  • @tazzyartist Good luck! Let me know if you find some good ones--I need them! Ha! For what it's worth, I think your character looks quite consistent.



  • @tazzyartist also you have to just filter out all the ones on youtube that are "consistency builds character" ha ha, (though I am sure it wouldn't hurt me to watch those as well)


  • SVS OG

    @tazzyartist These are great!! They also look consistent to me - The first painting with the swatches looks a bit younger then the other three but the other three do look very consistent to me - welcome to the forum πŸ™‚


  • SVS OG

    For what it’s worth, I also think your character looks consistent. When I’m doing a new character, I not only do the recommended model sheets, I also draw them in lots of strange scenea that have nothing to do with the story - going to a ball game, canoeing, eating pizza β€” as many silly sketches as I can think of so that I’ve drawn them tons of times from different angles in scenes I don’t ultimately care about. In doing that, it’s like I get to know them so well I can see when they look like themselves.


  • SVS OG

    Hey your characters great. You might like this warmer skin tone for your character. It's just a thought though. πŸ™‚0_1521835029760_1521829402533-ponytailsketchv8small-resized.jpg



  • Thank you all @Jason-Bowen @demotlj @Kevin-Longueil , your feedback helps a lot! I like the warm skin tone too and I suggested something similar but the author liked the more yellow skin tone for this character.


  • SVS OG

    I also think your pictures look consistent. It looks great. Some people are just more particular, it seems. Congratulations on illustrating a book! I think that all illustrators get their work tweaked through the process from what I understand so, you are getting a taste of it (maybe more than you need though....I did a couple of illustrations for a man once that picked at everything and I only got paid $20 in the end. Mine wasn't as good as yours but it was much better than the illustration he was trying to have redone. You'll find so many helpful and talented people on this forum to help you! The videos are really good too.


  • SVS OG

    @tazzyartist The right arm and hand look awkward somehow. I can't figure it out though. Maybe it's just me.


  • SVS OG

    @demotlj I'm curious what you mean by the suggested model sheets. I'd like to knwo a bit more about that.



  • wow..your character looks very consistent to my eye.. I think she's adorable. I'm also working on the second only ever but the art director is very easy to work with. Maybe getting 'broke in' with someone who is a task master is better! πŸ™‚ My little tweak might be as @Marsha-Kay-Ottum-Owen pointed out and now that I see it, I think..are they hair strands? look like hand creases which makes the hand look twisted. Maybe just making the strands a bit thicker would help..not sure. Good luck!


  • SVS OG

    @marsha-kay-ottum-owen Model sheets are poses of a character from all angles, that you do before you start illustrating in order to figure out what your character will look like from the front, side, and back and then you use those as references in future drawings. Sometimes they also include side by side comparisons with other characters so that you keep the size relationship consistent. Animators use them and often will show draw through lines to break down the form and shapes used to build the characters so you can construct them the same each time.


  • SVS OG

    @demotlj Oh, okay. That's a good plan. I need to work a lot harder πŸ™‚


  • SVS OG

    @tazzyartist The customer is always right πŸ˜‰


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