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Character Design: Goliath - Part 4

The Importance of Foundations & Correcting Mistakes

In today’s tutorial we’ll be drawing minigun ammo belts! These elements are the final addition to Goliath, a character design I created for Rob Arnold’s Replicator Comic Book series.


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If you missed the previous tutorials in this series, you can check them out via the links below.


Goliath - Part 1

Goliath - Part 2

Goliath - Part 3

One would think that out of all the other design elements we’ve incorporated into Goliath’s concept, the ammo belts for his miniguns would be the simplest to draw. Unfortunately they weren’t, and as it turns out I greatly underestimated their level of difficulty.

On a foundational level, the ammo belts were built upon a three dimensional ribbon that curved along a coiled path, extending from the sides of each minigun, and attaching to an ammo box that would be strapped to Goliath’s back.

As the ammo belts conformed to their path, their form would have to twist and bend itself into the correct position, as well as the proper perspective. This is what made their foundational structure so difficult to present on the page, and unfortunately I didn’t get it right the first time around.

Because the basic, underlying structure of the ammo belts was semi-flawed I found myself constantly making minor tweaks along the way. All of these corrections were merely symptoms however, of a much larger problem, and the only way to fix it would be to erase all the progress I’d made on the ammo belts and completely redo them.

This meant spending about twice as long on the ammo belts as I’d initially anticipated. To top it off, ammo belts weren’t exactly the most riveting form of subject matter I could be drawing, so I really had to motivate myself to jump straight back in and make the necessary revisions. Not just for the sake of the ammo belts themselves, but for Goliath’s entire concept.

Remember, your art is only as strong as its weakest point, so if you neglect to fix the flaws found throughout, because of laziness or complacency the entire illustration is sure to suffer. As with anything else, going that extra mile to produce the best possible work you can muster is a habit. Likewise, ignoring your mistakes will ultimately make you blind to them and lower the overall quality of nearly every piece of art you create.

I hope that you enjoy this tutorial and get loads of value out of the tips, tricks and advice I’ll be sharing with you throughout today’s demonstration.

PLEASE NOTE: The Goliath video series may not always be available for free. There’s a good chance it’ll be taken down, re-edited and packaged up as a premium product later on. So if you find this lesson valuable, please make the most of it while it’s available for free, by taking notes and putting as much of it as you can into practice. Save the video onto your hard drive as well if you’d like, so that you can refer back to it later on.

Thanks so much for watching, until next time – keep on drawing!

Software Used: Clip Studio Paint/Manga Studio

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