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So, these past few days for me have been somewhat of an artistic rut for me. I decided I would change up my method of drawing a bit and it helped REALLY well! So, to help both others and myself out with this method of SFM / 2D art combo!





1 by NintenCatherine


First, boot up SFM and load the models you are going to be using. Make sure you have something to use as a background that is contrasting to the character. No complex scenebuilds but something like a colored panel.






2 by NintenCatherine


Now that SFM is up and ready, pose pose pose! You don't necessarily need too be good at posing, but if you should try something a little complex! This makes these next few steps will be a little more helpful and easy! Straight likes are not very fun to draw usually, but curves are!






3 by NintenCatherine

Export it! Name it something you'll remember and don't follow in my footsteps and name it "poster(first word that pops into my head). This is because you might have to dig for it if you have the organizational skills of a walnut, like I do.






4 by NintenCatherine

Open the Poster and crop around so the model is the main focus of the photo! Adjust the photo so it looks comfortable to you.






5 by NintenCatherine

Here is the "complicated" part. Color one layer and move it to the bottom. Doesn't matter the color as long as it is not the color of the lines or close too it. Lower the opacity to somewhere cozy like around the 25-35 percent area.


Then, trace over the model! The best advice I've ever gotten when it comes to art it;

"Draw what you see not what you THINK you see."

This applies here. Trace exactly! Do NOT alter anything yet. Just trace, trace, trace!!






6 by NintenCatherine

Now, that with that sketch layer, lower the opacity it around 40-50 percent. We're going to stylize the drawing a small bit! Now remember, there is a difference between having a style and having anatomy errors. The border blends together at times but it is still there nonetheless!






7 by NintenCatherine

Stylize the lines! Use textured brushes or add sharp edges to the lines or change some MINOR anatomy features around, like I did here with the head and it's eyes.

I do NOT recommend doing what I did and redrawing the tail entirely.






8 by NintenCatherine

Get up and walk away for a small while and leave your drawing alone. Don't look too much at it if at all. Once you come back too it you'll be better able to fix what looks off. Somewhere between 10-20 minutes is good. 

Only skip this step if you can already see your mistakes or are low on time.







9 by NintenCatherine

Fix what looks off! For me, I shrunk the head a bit because it looked too big for the body a tad. This shouldn't take extremely long.







10 by NintenCatherine

Add some colors! Make it pretty! Make it cool! Add color!!!






11 by NintenCatherine

Add the final details such as shading or color fixes!







12 by NintenCatherine

Export it and you are done!! Hurray!! You made some art!








This isn't a cure-all method to breaking art block, but it is a way to get yourself out of your comfort zone and gather some anatomy tips for whatever you're drawing in whatever style. In general I like to pose drawings out in a 3D program but I usually just stare at them as a reference. It's not good to trace all the time, only when learning!







Thank you for reading!!




NintenCatherine 2016

If you have any questions please ask!
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:iconzackseamus:
zackseamus Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Hi Ninten. This is a very nice concept that I aways thought of, but don't you consider it "cheating", especially seen how much tracing is frowned uppon? 
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NintenCatherine Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2017  Hobbyist Filmographer
Hiya! I've always viewed tracing as a learning tool, but never something to publically do. Tracing can help people get a grasp on what lines to put down and the angles to hold things AND its also good to use when getting out of a rut as its easy to do. I personally dont view tracing off of a 3D model as cheating as theyre two different mediums and two different art forms but I do see how it can be considered tracing. Typically I personally dont view it as cheating but its up to the artist and the viewer.
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zackseamus Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Thank you very much for your response :)
I see some manga and comic artists do trace a few times, especially backgrounds since they have short deadlines and have to speed up things. 
But its always a very controversial subject in the art community I guess. 
But I think as you do.
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NintenCatherine Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2017  Hobbyist Filmographer
No problem!
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Zyrolex-DS Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Woah this is some next level stuff good job Ninten, I'ma gonna try this.
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Gen-ma Featured By Owner Edited Dec 3, 2016  Student General Artist
I need to do this. XD Very nice.
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NintenCatherine Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2016  Hobbyist Filmographer
do it
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Gen-ma Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2016  Student General Artist
yes
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AutoAudi Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Big Fool Emoji-03 (Creep Stare) [V2]  but you already did...
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Gen-ma Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2016  Student General Artist
Noooooo that different hahaha. I did a vector. I need to copy the pose and draw it out hahaha XD, because I have the hardest time coming up with poses in my head. Good way to references for poses, I should done this long time ago.
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AutoAudi Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Ohhh yeah true dat! I gotta try it too.
#nintencatherinestyle
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Isacc20 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dang! .3.
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NintenCatherine Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2016  Hobbyist Filmographer
thanks!
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ThunderStruck17 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
That's fucking dope!
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NintenCatherine Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2016  Hobbyist Filmographer
!!!
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ThunderStruck17 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
x3
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TsuriaDragon Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2016  Hobbyist Filmographer
is that your OC? D:
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NintenCatherine Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2016  Hobbyist Filmographer
yep!
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TsuriaDragon Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2016  Hobbyist Filmographer
Must Poke :D
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Shadow24601 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Seems doable o3o
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NintenCatherine Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2016  Hobbyist Filmographer
it is
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