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Post by AlainRacette on Thu Jun 09, 2016 11:07 am

Decided to try my hand at fanart recently and... once you get the basic shapes of the characters down, it's not so bad!  I've struggled with sketching for the longest time and I THINK I'm finally getting it.  It's all about the fundamentals and technical aspects - once that's mastered, creativity and experimentation is next Smile

That said... here is my first Helga.  Everything for me is done by hand since sketching on a computer just doesn't feel "right" to me (and the programs have a learning curve I don't have time for because of work), so don't judge me on that Razz




She's holding her locket - I HATE hands lol.  Something I whipped up in about 15 minutes when I got the head shape down; the body is pretty simple.  The hands took FOREVER in comparison - I'm looking to cut down the time to draw her and then experiment with different poses.  Enjoy!
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Post by reinamy on Thu Jun 09, 2016 2:53 pm

Aw! This is adorable! Her expression is so wonderfully goofy--or should I say sappy? So cute.

Also, I completely agree on hands being evil. It took me ages to learn how to draw them and even now I struggle to draw them in advanced (i.e., anything that isn't completely basic) positions. Hands are the worst.
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Post by Zeether on Thu Jun 09, 2016 4:40 pm

Very good! Agreed on hands...I'm starting to draw them and it's very hard to get them right even with practice.
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Post by Arnold on Thu Jun 09, 2016 6:45 pm

Helga looks nice like that.
What's that she's holding?
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Post by AlainRacette on Thu Jun 09, 2016 9:20 pm

Arnold wrote:Helga looks nice like that.
What's that she's holding?

She's holding her locket with your picture in it, Arnold. Wink
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Post by Jfgoofy on Thu Jun 09, 2016 10:10 pm

Helga looks pretty cute in this (I love it!!) and I really agree with you on hands, they are extremely hard (unless you use a reference pic and it is still hard but not that much) >_<
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Post by AlainRacette on Thu Jun 09, 2016 11:59 pm

Sassy Helga - I STILL hate hands! Gave up on the legs too, oh well Razz In the corner you also see the head of an unrelated sketch - a HA-inspired caricature of a coworker.

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Post by Helga on Fri Jun 10, 2016 9:18 pm

AlainRacette wrote:
Arnold wrote:Helga looks nice like that.
What's that she's holding?

She's holding her locket with your picture in it, Arnold. Wink

W-WHAT?! I ought to sue you for slander, lady! I would NEVER EVER be holding ANYTHING like THAT. EVER. IN A MILLION YEARS.
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Post by Perhapsormaybe on Fri Jun 10, 2016 9:27 pm

Helga wrote:
AlainRacette wrote:
Arnold wrote:Helga looks nice like that.
What's that she's holding?

She's holding her locket with your picture in it, Arnold. Wink

W-WHAT?!  I ought to sue you for slander, lady!  I would NEVER EVER be holding ANYTHING like THAT.  EVER.  IN A MILLION YEARS.

Me thinks the lady doth protest too much.

Excellent job on the art! I agree, hands are frustrating.
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Post by AlainRacette on Fri Jun 10, 2016 9:36 pm

Helga wrote:
AlainRacette wrote:
Arnold wrote:Helga looks nice like that.
What's that she's holding?

She's holding her locket with your picture in it, Arnold. Wink

W-WHAT?!  I ought to sue you for slander, lady!  I would NEVER EVER be holding ANYTHING like THAT.  EVER.  IN A MILLION YEARS.



Helga's reaction to my "slander". (yes, I am at work lol)
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Post by Jfgoofy on Fri Jun 10, 2016 11:23 pm

To be honest I really think that you are better at drawing at her than I am (even that one "How to Draw Helga" thing on that fansite didn't work and this was the same site that taught me how to draw Stinky and Arnold)!
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Post by AlainRacette on Fri Jun 10, 2016 11:35 pm

Jfgoofy wrote:To be honest I really think that you are better at drawing at her than I am (even that one "How to Draw Helga" thing on that fansite didn't work and this was the same site that taught me how to draw Stinky and Arnold)!

I was first inspired by this video, a short tutorial by artist (and HA staffer) Tuck Tucker: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zs7uYcMYUa8

Then I looked for images on google to see how some facial expressions are done (in addition to watching some episodes on my computer and screen-capping interesting shots as reference). For me, the goal is to draw her in a variety of states from memory. You may notice that in my most recent submission that Helga's hairline is more prominent than in the other drawings - it's interesting to note how each animation studio draws the character when the episode is in production. Some have a smaller hairline, some have a bigger hairline, some really emphasize her monobrow and leave lots of room on her forehead to play with, etc. It's very cool to see. Personally I like Helga with more hair (like in the recent pic) because it gives my drawings more depth. I just need to work on it a bit more; the thinner hairlines don't even deviate from the original circle I make for her head. Having the thicker hairline means I need to fine-tine my original circle and I'm still trying to get the hang of it.

That said, I've been looking at every possible tutorial/reference guide for an outline, and then go with what works for me... which so far is a combination of things. I can FINALLY draw something presentable! lol
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Post by Zeether on Fri Jun 10, 2016 11:37 pm

Yeah, Helga's appearance is a little hard to get right on model because she looks different in a lot of episodes early on unless you stick to her season 4/5 look.
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Post by AlainRacette on Fri Jun 10, 2016 11:42 pm

Zeether wrote:Yeah, Helga's appearance is a little hard to get right on model because she looks different in a lot of episodes early on unless you stick to her season 4/5 look.

Yeah, Helga's art direction has shifted a LOT - watch Arnold's Hat and then Arnold's Christmas in season 1, VERY obvious that two different studios did them. My Helga seems to be mainly season 2-influenced with a blend of 4/5... I'm at a point where I'm getting pretty satisfied with the "look" I enjoy most... just need to work on that bigger, more pronounced head of hair. I LOVE the bigger bangs.
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Post by AlainRacette on Fri Jun 10, 2016 11:43 pm

AlainRacette wrote:
Zeether wrote:Yeah, Helga's appearance is a little hard to get right on model because she looks different in a lot of episodes early on unless you stick to her season 4/5 look.

Yeah, Helga's art direction has shifted a LOT - watch Arnold's Hat and then Arnold's Christmas in season 1, VERY obvious that two different studios did them. I'm not so much going for strictly "on model" so much as finding the Helga that is most appealing to me.  My Helga seems to be mainly season 2-influenced with a blend of 4/5... I'm at a point where I'm getting pretty satisfied with the "look" I enjoy most... just need to work on that bigger, more pronounced head of hair.  I LOVE the bigger bangs.
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Post by Jfgoofy on Fri Jun 10, 2016 11:44 pm

Well I mean she's still kind of hard to draw (well to me) even if her design has changed over the production of the show (I might practice drawing her over the summer), thanks for the video btw!! Very Happy
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Post by AlainRacette on Fri Jun 10, 2016 11:48 pm

Jfgoofy wrote:Well I mean she's still kind of hard to draw (well to me) even if her design has changed over the production of the show (I might practice drawing her over the summer), thanks for the video btw!! Very Happy

Personally, I find the body more challenging than the head... because I need to make sure the scale is somewhat correct so the head isn't too small (or the body too big! lol)  The head I can do consistently in just a few minutes (not including the fussing over eye placement and getting the hair right).  The plan is to then sketch the body as quickly as the head and then work on facial expressions and poses.  At some point I WILL have no choice but to really knuckle down and work on the hands... no one who draws likes hands Razz
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Post by LeSkuh on Fri Jun 10, 2016 11:50 pm

I just wing it all. Hahaha. It's almost impossible for me to actually draw the gang on model though. Partly because it's just difficult and partly because some of it clashes with how I like things to look aesthetically.
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Post by AlainRacette on Fri Jun 10, 2016 11:52 pm

LeSkuh wrote:I just wing it all.  Hahaha.  It's almost impossible for me to actually draw the gang on model though.  Partly because it's just difficult and partly because some of it clashes with how I like things to look aesthetically.

And that's part of the fun!  Finding your own style while remaining true to the character.  I don't know where I heard it, but "if you can recognize the character, then it's on model."  So that leaves interpretation a WIDE OPEN ballgame hehe.  We all have our little flairs that make our versions different, like comparing a Craig Bartlett Helga and a Tuck Tucker Helga.  I love seeing the little nuances everyone brings into their drawings.

Oh, and being bored at work helps. My Helga is like a party trick to them haha.
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Post by AlainRacette on Sat Jun 11, 2016 9:19 am

Arnold... my inspiration, my muse...

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Post by Arnold's Love on Mon Jun 13, 2016 5:57 pm

I love that one!!! <3
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Post by AlainRacette on Mon Jun 13, 2016 6:05 pm

Arnold's Love wrote:I love that one!!! <3

It's my favourite so far... next to the one I have in mind for Shortaki Week Razz
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Post by Arnold's Love on Mon Jun 13, 2016 6:15 pm

AlainRacette wrote:
Arnold's Love wrote:I love that one!!! <3

It's my favourite so far... next to the one I have in mind for Shortaki Week Razz

I can't wait to see!!!! I kind of live through other artists haha :-)
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Post by AlainRacette on Mon Jun 13, 2016 6:29 pm

You and me both.  It's so... warm and fuzzy to see how other people interpret something you love!
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Post by LuiThe2nd on Mon Jun 13, 2016 9:40 pm

Man... This looks really good. Hand-drawn Art has always been my favourite! If had any skill whatsoever I would definitely give it a try... To bad I suck Laughing

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