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Exclusive: Creating a Female Character Turnaround Modeling Sheet

Hello and welcome to creating a female character modeling sheet

In this Friday Citizen Exclusive Tutorial, we take a look at creating a female character turnaround modeling sheet that can then be used for modeling purposes using Photoshop but using solely a hard edge circle brush.

What is covered?

In this tutorial, Tim Von Rueden takes you though first creating a blank canvas and how laying down some guidelines will set the pace for the rest of the piece in setting up proportions and an easy to follow character lineart. This will be down by sketching a rough outline of a character, cleaning up that lineart, and then using mirror techniques to quicken the process.

↓ Here are some of the progress screens from the tutorial ↓

Creating a Character Turnaround Sheet

Creating a Character Turnaround Sheet

Creating a Character Turnaround Sheet

and the final result ↓

Creating a Character Modeling Sheet

Thanks again for the many requests for this type of tutorial and I hope it proves useful!

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19 Responses to “Exclusive: Creating a Female Character Turnaround Modeling Sheet”
  1. Posts: 2
    Rick Gulczynski says:

    You must’ve been reading my mind, I was just thinking about this the other day! Thanks.

  2. Posts: 11

    I know the techniques are the same but is there anyway can try to create replica tutorials for both PS and GIMP? I’m not sure how much extra work that would take but sure would be sweet!

    Anyway, can’t wait to watch the tutorial!


    • Posts: 139

      My email is the same as my username at gmail if you have specific Gimp questions you want to ask. I am not the best artist but Gimp is the main software I use for 2D so I know my way around it.

      One tip specific to this tutorial is using guides. You can go to Image > Guides > New Guide to add a guide to the canvas and then position it with the Move tool. Go to the View menu and uncheck “Snap to Guides” or else all your brush strokes will stick to them as you draw. I use Image > Guides > New Guide (By Percent) with 33% and 66% horizontally and vertically to get the typical 3X3 grid for compositional purposes. Unfortunately I couldn’t find a way to just stroke the guides like a selection to have a layer of the guides to turn the opacity down on. You can hit Shift with the brush tool to draw straight lines, but run the risk of them being slightly angled.

      Hope that helps some and is not too confusing.

      • Posts: 139

        Thanks for the tip – didn’t know about that! For me though it is Shift + Ctrl to snap to angles and it seems to snap horizontally as well. If it didn’t I though ta work around would be to rotate the canvas 90 degrees then do a vertical line then rotate the canvas back. Would be tedious but doable.

      • Posts: 11

        That’s awesome! I’ll have to give it a try. Thanks for the help!


    • Posts: 640

      I started doing that with the snow tutorial and I think for the tutorials I feel comfortable enough doing in Gimp as well as Photoshop, I will most certainly do so :)

  3. Posts: 139

    I haven’t finished the tutorial yet bu I started modeling using the sheet and having fun doing it. I was going to request this tutorial as well but never got around to it.

  4. Posts: 5

    Great tutorial. Helping a lot of the things that I forgot from my high school art teachers come back to me. Keep up the fantastic work Tim!

  5. Posts: 2

    I have subscribed to a lot of sites overthe years but this is by far and away the best for anyone who wants to make it as a concept artist, and given the cost it provides incredible value!

    • Posts: 640

      Thanks man! I’m really glad you find such value in the site! I will continue making it grow into a site that is also great for resources as well, such as brushes, references, palettes, turnarounds, and textures!

  6. Posts: 2
    dragonbyte says:

    Hey, you made some nice tuts. But I’m always confused that I have to convert inches to pixels. We in europe don’t use inches and I can’t select these in Photoshop. After you typed in your measures, maybe you can show us for 1-2 seconds the pixel sizes?

    But I love your tuts anyway and that’s the reason that I bougt a citizen membership 😉

    Keep up the good work!

    • Posts: 2
      dragonbyte says:

      Ok, found it. In german inch is zoll. Next time I should use google first then I write a comment 😀

  7. Posts: 1
    Theda says:

    Really Good!, Extremely pleased i came accross this.

  8. Posts: 52
    jayd says:

    i was trolling the net looking for instructions on how to do this–of course having paid for the citizen status it never even occurred to me to look here! Again, CG Cookie to the rescue! This site is the best single investment as an artist that i have ever made!

  9. Posts: 52
    jayd says:

    OH a question: Do you have an example of an animal on one of these sheets?

  10. Posts: 39
    kugelblitz says:

    my lines always come out wiggly when drawn in photoshop, so i use manga studio just for the line art, is it normal for photoshop to have crappy line smoothing?

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