While I was in Louisiana, I received an ask through Tumblr requesting that I post more tutorials. My hands were tied regarding anything fancy, but I thought a basic drawing process for a pencil sketch would be manageable. I apologize that some of these photos are low quality, most of my time was spent in a car.
1. Line of Action
Whenever I sketch a figure, be it animal or human, I always try to determine the line of action I want that figure to follow. Generally, I try to have some sort of curve in the figure, no matter how straight the figure may be standing, as it adds dynamism to the pose.
2. Blocking out the figure.
Next I block in the figure, trying to keep my lines dynamic. The more you tighten the figure, the more dynamism you lose, so it's important to make your figures as dynamic as possible from the get-go.
3. Solidifying basic forms- egg (ribcage) and rectangle (pelvis)
4. Further refinement of forms
5. Defining the arms and legs
Right now the arms and legs are pretty much wireform, but I've determined where the elbows and knees are.
6. Defining the legs.
7. Defining the arms
8. Blocking in hands and feet
9. Blocking in the outfit
10. Blocking in the head.
I've written about head construction in the past, and my methods haven't changed much.
11. Blocking in the individual features of the face.
12. Blocking in the basic forms of the hair
13. Pencilling in the features of the face.
14. Tightening up the blue lines, adding small details.
15. Begin pencilling over bluelines.
16. Drawing ruffles
17. Block in the shape that will become your ruffle.
18. Add a squiggle at the top (the seam connecting the dress to the ruffle) and some lines radiating from that squiggle (the folds in the fabric).
19. Begin drawing the bottom hem. Some of the hem will be hidden by fabric and behind the rest of the hem.
20. Try not to draw terrible looking feet.