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How to get guidelines by referencing/tracing from an image

Artist: AimtoArt / September 6, 2021
How to get guidelines by referencing/tracing from an image

Step 1. Why referance.


Now, a good way to get good at art is to get a good idea of the proportions and shapes that are found in the art styles you want to get good at. One way of doing this is to draw guidelines over a piece of art (in another layer if you are using digita   

Step 2. Start the torso


Draw a line down from the neck to crotch. This line should go down the body over the parts that would be covered by a line of symmetry if the character was facing straight forward or backwards. Then, draw a shape to show the neck at the top, beneat   

Step 3. Add detail to the torso


Add shapes to represent the shoulders, and if there are any, draw the breasts (the quick and easy way to do them is to draw an upside-down love heart). Add some detail.

Step 4. Do the head


Now, the head. First, remember faces vary dramatically between and within art styles, so if you are not doing anime, you may skip some steps and need to use your own logic. Draw a line where you think the scalp is, starting and stopping a bit ab   

Step 5. Start arms and legs


Draw shapes for the upper thighs, knees, feet, elbows and hands if they are visible. The hands and feet are very complex and so you may want to trace them completely.

Step 6. Finish the legs


Connect the legs and arms. If you want this individual piece of art to be good, do this whilst still tracing/keeping the lower layer visible. If you want to improve your drawing accuracy skills, connect without directly copying the reference.

Step 7. Do what you want with the guidelines.


With this base/set of guidelines, go draw whatever you want! This tutorial is on how to trace correctly, and since I cannot find a good tutorial on how to do this a more general tutorial is best. If you want to see the full extent of what I did with    

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Artist: AimtoArt
Date Added: September 6, 2021
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Description: Hello! Now, a good way to get good at art is to get a good idea of the proportions and shapes that are found in the art styles you want to get good at. One way of doing this is to draw guidelines over a piece of art (in another layer if you are using digital, or with tracing paper if you are using traditional) and then using these lines to draw what you want. First, find an artwork of a character in the pose you desire. This character is from an anime called revisions, that I do not watch (just liked the pose and proportions). At all points in this tutorial pay attention to the way the lines bend, since the rest of the head looking down but eyes looking up would be uncanny valley etc.