Ok, first off we need to draw a circle. Circles can be really hard to draw. Digital software can make it a bit easier. I just learned a new trick today in order to do this in Paint Tool SAI. Create a new Line Art Layer, and select the Curve Tool. Use your mouse and click once. Then press the Del or Delete key. Without moving your mouse, repeat that process and watch your canvas spin around in a circle as your curve forms a perfect circle. Near-perfect, anyway. Be sure to double-click on the last section to close the circle....... Or you know, you could just wing it.
Next, draw two ovals for the eyeballs. From this angle, one of them is narrower than the other.
Now add another smaller set of ovals for the pupils. Man, there is this weird bird outside driving me crazy... *ahem* Yes. Pupils.
Draw an even smaller set of ovals for highlights, and then fill in the surrounding pupils black.
Draw a swirly shape for each hand. The smaller portion of the swirl becomes the thumb. Be sure to draw them in opposite directions or he'll have two of the same hand!
Add a little curve on top of each hand for the wrist part of the glove. Yeah, he's wearing gloves. This is really complex!!! *breathes* Ok, next add tiny curves for his tiny little arms.
Now we'll draw two hamburger buns for the feet. I don't know how else to say it! Oh, now is probably a good time to mention that it's ok to draw through the first circle... assuming you haven't inked it already... We'll erase all the overlapping lines in the end.
Speaking of which, here's what you get when you erase the overlap. What a cute fella! But wait, he needs a girlfriend!!!
Draw a little bump for the center knot of the bow. Then draw a round triangle type shape for each half of the bow.
This part actually requires a little technique. If nothing else, you'll learn how to draw a simple bow! We want to add a little swish at the top of each half of the bow. Start at the very top, near the outside. Curve toward the edge, and then make a U-turn back toward the center knot. Your line should be thick-to-thin, getting thinner toward the knot. A smaller curve peeks out from behind her head, curving from the knot toward the outer edge. Keeping all these lines smooth and curvy gives the entire bow a very round, 3D feel. Any straight lines or curves in the wrong direction will flatten out the appearance.
And with that, we have Lala. Scroll up to see the happy couple in their colorful wonderland. I adjusted the highlights in their eyes to match the direction of light, and I also added a little iris action within the pupils. I think that adds a lot to make them feel alive. I know this tutorial was a bit difficult, but I give you all credit for hanging in there. Thanks for viewing!
If you're up for a real challenge, you can try tackling this Adventures of LOLO tutorial. The NES game just made a return on the Nintendo WiiU eShop. The characters Lolo and Lala appear in the Kirby game series as Lololo and Lalala.
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