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Tutorial: Drawing Guidelines by kitten-chan Tutorial: Drawing Guidelines by kitten-chan
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~Usa-pyon requested a tutorial on how I drew my guidelines to begin my pictures.

Its just some simple little sketches so hope they're helpful to you guys.

For anyone just stumbling on this there are more tutorials in my gallery, human figure, hands, feet, facial expressions and clothes~
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SaohlingCross Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015  Student General Artist
This helped a lot ! Thank you !~
DarkCatz Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2015  Student Artist
this is AMAZING !!!
just DO IT!!! 
Embozine Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I like how you explain it!
Thank you
LollyLongland Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
l have one question:
about the second example... how do you know how long each guideline need to be? for example, l would have done the girl's arms guideline longer...

...l'm sorry for my english Blush 
Junsei-san Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Student Filmographer
That is exactly what I needed! Wonderful!
Xezra Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
nice :)
kenna20 Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Student Writer drawing is now a perfect vegetable...
terrisasterrific Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for this omg xD
AnandKrish37 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Teddy-Snark Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
Aiontot Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
what brush are you using for this? Like a small 2px default brush?
neko-productions Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014
Simple and useful! Thanx :)
crazeeartist Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Nice one :)
Eibon91 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :D
Icy-Web Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
awesome! really helpful
Okami2009 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
So cool, the last is my fav!
CottonCatTailToony Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Nice tutorial.
TrinitySage Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I featured your tutorial in my journal today!
Here's the link if you'd like to check it out -
likaacullen Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ohhh thank you! I usually have a really hard time figuring out how to do guidelines for positions and this actually helped a lot!
52-PercentMilk Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! For somebody like me who doesn't understand guidelines this is very helpful!
VicAlaric Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Oh my God. Thank you so so so much for making this. It helped ALOT.
HomeboundKitten-Kana Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
This is very helpful, tanks a lot! :)
artupida Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
such a nice tutorialll... how about posting this tutorial in so you can inspirate more artist with this amazing tutorial?
TheTroubledFish Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
I clicked on this while messing around in one of my classes, zoomed in quickly so I could read it better, scrolled down, and OHMYGOSHTHATESCALATEDQUICKLYBETTERHIDETHISQUICK. Nice tutorial though.
AdmiralChuckles Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
This is great, but even the first guidelines part was already difficult. I am so inexperienced :L
FyrePlanet Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you for this wonderful guideline. :)
Mellarkios Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
Thank you so much for this!
Cutenessoverload1998 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I can never use guidelines properly, I used to just jump to line art, but now I try to use guidelines more. This helped a lot!
Iwakiyo Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cool !
iamvetta Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Super simple and efficient!
Krooked-Glasses Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I was never able to get a grasp of guidelining.
Whenever I tried them, my pictures would come out terrible. So I've stuck with just... NOT using them for my many years of drawing. But I'd love to be able to do them properly because I know how much they'd really help. One of the things I don't understand is how to keep the sizing so consistent. When I see people use guidelines, they just use lines and shapes and such and the finish product comes out like it should, with the limbs and everything being the size they should be and were in the pictures previous to it. The face is in the right position, etc.... Ah, man. I really wish I knew how to explain things better...
Your style is very attractive, by the way. :)
AlbeVallon Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey. I don't really know if you want an answer or anything, but...^^'
I just had the same problem before. When I tried the guidelines, it didn't look weel at the end of the process, so I just stopped trying.
But now that I'm a little better in drawing, I have more knowledge about proportions and stuff, you know. And little by little, I try to use a few of the guidelines, because I suddenly understood something, so now I can use it.
So my advice is : don't force it. Don't try to make it right at the first try. Just try to pick the things that really help you, and sometimes try again to add other things...

I don't know if this can help you, but well, good luck !^^
(and sorry for my horrible english)
Krooked-Glasses Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I've actually been using them lately for heads, and so those have been better. Bodies, on the other hand...
AlbeVallon Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
^^ I hope you'll improve !
WizardlyDude Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! this helped me a lot!
Lamperouqe Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I learn a lot, Sankyu :3
ClaydynRaita Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi I just wanted to comment that you have one the best tutorials out there and I mean it. I've been trying to find an easy guideline tutorial to help me draw and this is by far the best I've seen. It's quick and not complicated at all. :woohoo:
What I love the best is part a to part b. In all the tutorial's I see, part a takes so long to actually build up to get to part b but here it's a lot quicker. And you've even included what the end result is after the clothing is added~ :w00t:

Thank you so much for making this :star: :+fav:

1234567890count Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
yeppers, how long did it take you to draw all of them? :3
kokolucho Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
yes, can u take me as ur student?
irenerei Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Student General Artist
thank you, very useful and helpful
Oblights Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I know you already gave a tutorial on bodies, but could you perhaps go more in depth about how you go from the stick figure to fleshing out the figure? A lot of tutorials seems to skip over this, and I can't seem to take the next step...

Thank you for all of these. I've been using them for awhile and hadn't realized I hadn't favorited all of them. They're quite helpful.
kinojo1997 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
Yeah, I think this is how all the great's do it...(:
Novvaik Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thnx for the help!!!
iamvetta Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
whimsicaldesert Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
Wow, this is really helpful! Thank you! :)
adoptedaxiom Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Professional Writer
I've started drawing again (not that I ever got too far into it to begin with lol) and I ~ADORE~ your tutorials!
shikobe Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Student Artist
This is awesome!!! I can now finally start trying to draw some things outta my mind.. although i have been trying 4 some time now ._."
pinkgem31 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice tutorial (^ U ^) I love the last panel the most
watashiveracasan Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
^^; hope you dont mind i use one of the images as a close ref for practice
if you want to see [link]
Aehh Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Hobbyist
oh, wow. It looks so easy but every artist knows, it isnt.
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