cbjart asked: Hello there! You have such fun, wonderful character designs. Seems like all you CalArts students get to have way more fun than us super serious Art Center people. I always wanted to go to CalArts but ended up at Art Center instead, which has been good in it's own ways. BUT we're super technical and as a result there's little emphasis on shape. Do you have an advice on pushing shape in character design and any PS brush suggestions? I'd like to find some decent pencil/water color/gouache brushes.
Thank you so much! Yeah CalArts was huge on pushing shape in our drawings. A lot of the teachers would give the advice to draw something, then walk across the room and see if you can still understand what’s going on. Another good thing to try is look up blogs that have art you love and try to redraw the drawings as if you were thinking of them yourself. It’s a great way to learn about shape language while also trying to step into the shoes of whatever artists you look up to. :)
As for PS brushes I can’t say too much, most of my brushes are either default brushes that I’ve messed around with the settings or just collecting from friends. If you’re going specifically for watercolor/painting look, I would suggest downloading free brushes online with a rough texture and from there adjusting the color variation settings. Usually the combination of the rough brush with those adjusted settings can look awesome, especially since most artist opt for only flat colors.
Hope that was helpful! :)