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Trio Expression Sheets by dCTb Trio Expression Sheets by dCTb
To get a feel for each character, I practiced drawing them a bit. i wanted to see how it felt like to draw their hair, face, clothes, expressions etc at different angles and during different expressions. It was good practice and a test of consistency and style and while I didn't nail the character's look every time (for at least the first two characters), I did learn what direction I wanted to take each of them in their final designs. And despite all the "they remind me of such-and-such from that really popular series of movies/tv shows/books/games" comments the last submission got, I still want to stick as close to the original concepts as possible. At this point, I can't imagine changing too much because I like what I see and what I've done and the client likes what I'm doing so far too so that's a big plus for me :D

Also, some people seem to appreciate my explanations for how my drawings come about. So if you're actually interested in the influences for each character I can describe a bit of what my thought process was.

►For the first boy, I wanted to draw someone who would be quirky but still cool. Someone who could be a genius but not look like a nerd. I had recently watched The Amazing Spiderman and Andrew Garfield's Peter was exactly that lol. The messy hair seemed to be the trademark I wanted to go for but drawing AG's hair for this boy was really really difficult for me so I ended up opting out for the hair of Q in Skyfall instead.
I was given some guidelines for his outfit but his top was influenced directly from me, believe it or not! I was about to head outside; it was cold so I had a hoody under my jacket and only the top button was buttoned up at the moment. I sorta paused and examined myself and thought "hm...This could be a cool look for a character..." and that's why this character's top is the way it is lol parted at the bottom hwile secured at the top.

►For the girl, there was only one character that influenced her design. That was Kate Austen from Lost. I had never seen Lost and I was on a 5+ episode-a-night marathon of the show until I burned through all 6 seasons...and I was totally addicted to Kate Austen (until Sawyer grew on me and became my new new favorite character on the show I don't even like Kate anymore LOL). When I got the details for this girl from the client, I immediately thought some physical traits from Kate would work great for her. So her whole look was of that of a pretty girl who was prepared for hike or a long walk. BAM! I made sure to layer her in clothes which is a shared attribute with the first boy's design.
The big problem with the first drawing of her seemed to be her braided ponytail. I kept hearing about Katniss lol. Katniss (and The Hunger Games) was so far in the back of my mind during this process that it hadn't occured to me that there were a ton of similarities. Honestly, the hair I drew was a result of referencing hairstyles of farmgirls. There were mostly braided pigtails in the Google search but that was too country for the character I was drawing so I just gave her the one braid. I was gonna leave the braid behind her but I wanted the client to see the hairstyle I had given her so I drew it slung over the shoulder. But then even he was like "Katniss owns that hair style" lol so a simple ponytail is what I'll go with now!

►For the cool guy, I already knew off the bat what I wanted for him. His outfit was gonna be darker and more fitting than the others. He was meant to be more mobile and athletic. The dark color scheme I had in mind presented a bit of discontinuity when viewed alongside the other two character designs which had at least one bold color present. I was going to give him black hair but decided to go with the most striking, natural hair color in order to relate his design to the other two characters in terms of color. The orange hair allowed me to keep the dark, monochromatic scheme he already had for his outfit without looking too detached from from the other characters.
His outfit is mostly inspired by Han Solo. And his hair is the result of an attempt at Garret Hedlund's hair style (which was also really difficult to understand).

►An amusing tidbit about this whole process is: each character has a physical trait that was intended for another character. The orange hair was intended for the first boy but the client wanted him to have dark hair. Now the second boy has orange hair lol
I intended for the first boy to have freckles but the client had in mind that the girl would have freckles instead.
Han Solo was given as reference to me from the client for the first boy but I ended up referencing Solo for the second boy instead lol.

Anyway, I enjoyed writing all that! To anyone who reads it, I hope you enjoyed it too lol.

The characters don't belong to me
All work done in GIMP
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RebellingLemming Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great expression sheet!
catapanoart Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
One of my favorites :)
ralkon Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
whats with the green yellow and red marks?
ralkon Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great piece of work, mind if I use it as a reference?
FieldsOfFire Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
I like that there's expressions here you don't see that often, like tired, suspicious, embarrassed, etc.
AbbyRedCurse Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013
Awesome!! Love their faces, and all... <3 <3!!!!
LoonyLovegood16 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist
I found this and immediately thought 'Hey, it's Harry, Ron and Hermione! ... but where are Harry's glasses?' Then I actually read the description lol. Good job! I love the style!
Gyrin Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
This is an awesome reference sheet.
muffinz23 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Second Comment: Holy flafel. Oh my goodness... These three are like the color twists of me and my brothers (we're triplets).
It's so weird.... Even the heights are similar.
Greyson- A tad bit shorter than me, curly hair, orange/blond-ish, usually dressed for winter, blue eyes. He's a total teddy bear in my opinion, but I guess to other people he's a nerd. Girls flock all over him, which I don't get.
Ian- Tallest, black hair, usually up like that, green eyes, mainstream-looking outfits. He's a pain in the butt who think's he owns the world 'cause he was born first. Ian is also a major tool.
Me/ Maddie- long hair, dark brown hair, brown eyes, tall but shorter than Ian, Big conservative dresser. I guess I lose my temper easily.... but it's usually my brothers' faults.
Ian: She's also a loner.
Me: I'm going to go hit him now.
Great job! This is beautiful.
muffinz23 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Me: Oh hey, look guys!
Ian: Huh?
Grey: Yeah?
Me: It's....
All: Us.
Ian: The f-
Me: If you say it, I swear to God, you won't even feel how much pain you'll be in.
Ian: flapjacks.
Greyson: The colors are diffrent, though....
jakyraptor Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Professional
I really like your thoughts about this.. and the characters. I really enjoyed it.
Eshi-chan Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:'D Zelda reference, yay~
Verctor Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
Terrific work, I love your style.
AndytheLemon Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
agh WOW! They look so fun! I might have to draw them for you at some point, I'm so in love with their designs.
Effugere Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great designs but the first boy always makes me think of Renton from Eureka 7.
LizzieBCT Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
:icongaspplz: I feel like all the wonders of the world has been open to me....or i'm just stupid and couldn't figure that out on my own :iconorzplz: lolz Thank you very much I am very sorry for my stupidity lolz again love this very much :meow: :tighthug:
Gemini-two Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
o my lord this is so incredibly awesome i can't even begin to say...there are no words
dCTb Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
ah well its just sketchy lines over color. since these were just practices, I didn't polish up the lines and all I did was add a layer underneath the sketches for the colors and shading
LizzieBCT Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
You probably won't answer but its worth a shot lolz Um I really love the way you do your art its so beautiful and fascinating I was wondering at least how did you make it look like this the drawing I mean it as the sort of sketchy look were it looks like you drew it without making the line art then just colored over it ugh sorry I don't know how to explain it I just really how you drew it here I would have loved to learn :)
OhMyLule Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
Fantastic !
Darjavine Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha you're welcome!
kaze26 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
very cool
dCTb Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
i only started getting that until after the show came out lol
Darjavine Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't know if you get this a lot, but your style seems really similar to the show The Legend of Korra, and it's really awesome :hooray:
Missvirginia Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
Hehe, Sawyer, I hate when the shady characters make me fall in love with them.:XD:

This is beautiful sketch work. I need to do more of these in general; consistency is not my strong suit. ^^;
Destron23 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
All the little tidbits were very interesting. I love it when an artist takes the time to add a bit of background and context to pieces instead of saying "here ya go". I can't tell you how much I appreciate these character designs! They're all very charismatic and just fun to look at. You have some Ace designs there my friend. :) I really look forward to whatever this project produces. :D
kaitah Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
These are such Great and creative character designs! :la:
TJGilbert Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is soooo cool! Such awesome work!
HPartaddict Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist
Wow I love their looks! Haha I'm a big Lost fan, too, and the girl reminded me of Kate before I read the description :D
clairen345 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
So.. As weird as it sounds, if he was real, I would totally date the second guy. Haut dayum.. :D
M-Jenai Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Student Digital Artist
that girl is soo cute but not so cute that you won't take her seriously.
KohakuBlah Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Have I ever told you that I completely and totally love your art style? xD
Killer-Sweet Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Student
FortuneCake Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
oh these are real neat
ReneeViolet Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm totally doing this with my characters! It'll be awesome practice. Thanks!
elzaolama Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
uber kewl!!!!
SoraLove Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
So cute!
Kimmy-x3 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist
They're all really cute <3 I love your clothing designs ;u; <3
Myssinee Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
they kinda look like the legend of korra charcters and the orange hair guy looks like mako and the other boy look liks his brother...
askgwen Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
They remind me of the golden trio
cowmi Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Really nice designs! Love the clothing design on the first boy :D
JayZeroSnake Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
The Expressions really add on. Like, I can easily imagine these three in motion, like if they were from a real animated series.
zarbor Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Student
Impressive! Love the style
Leinnon Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Student General Artist
It's very good, I'm :nuu: !!! ^^
Are they YOUR characters? Your OCs? I've got mine too.
But yours are soooo cool!
Leynir Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the redhead :)
FluffySmartAss Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Student General Artist
I love your style!
BlackThorn-Angel Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
they are such awesome characters!!! :)
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