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Lackadaisy Construction by tracyjb Lackadaisy Construction by tracyjb
Comic updates will resume once development crunch mode ceases at my day job.
Meanwhile, here's something I posted to my tumblr blog a little while back in an attempt to answer some questions. It ended up resembling a tutorial that isn't quite sure what it's about - construction drawing, character consistency and a little about character appeal, I guess. I figured I'd share it here in case it's useful to anyone.

Also...
- The Notes about Expressions "tutorial".
- An older drawing tutorial covering some of the same material.

Additional useful stuff:
- Andrew Loomis' old-timey, but superior drawing books, which are freely available online.
- The John K. Stuff blog, which discusses multifarious aspects of character design and drawing.
- Various tutorials by :iconalexds1:, to whom Legschilla belongs.

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Lackadaisy Volume 1 is available now on Amazon.

New prints of Zib, Viktor, fuzzy-Freckle, Rocky, and Mordecai are available separately or in a set at the 4de store.

Updates announced on Tumblr, Twitter and Facebook.
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:iconpink-snow7709:
pink-snow7709 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
which drawing programm do you use? photoshop?
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:icontracyjb:
tracyjb Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014
I do all of my drawing in pencil.  The hues and textures were added to this in photoshop, though.
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:iconpink-snow7709:
pink-snow7709 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
okay thanks!
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:iconexovare:
Exovare Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Liefeldchilla...
Anyways, this is really helpful!
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SamDelaTorre Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014   Digital Artist
Extremely helpful! Thanks a lot! Love 
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:icondaufuskiedog:
daufuskiedog Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for posting this, it's really helpful :)
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:iconstarlightsparklestar:
starlightsparklestar Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LIEFELDCHILLA

ILAUGHED
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:iconcute-hedgehog:
Cute-Hedgehog Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Student Digital Artist
U are so helpful! ♥
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:iconowls-in-october:
owls-in-october Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
You are amazing. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!
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:iconcattoy10:
cattoy10 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your tutorials always make me roar with laughter xD "Two idiots running through a corn field" and the Legschilla one xD I....I can't xD
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:icontaiyakitsune:
taiyakitsune Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
This is so awesome! I found you on tumblr and fell in love with your characters.
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:iconcoripa:
Coripa Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Is it bad that I favorited this mostly because of Zib?

Either way, thanks for making this, its extremely helpful! :)
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MajesticBlueCocoa Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Liefeldchilla
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I think I died (Then again I wouldn't be commenting! :XD:).
In all seriousness, great tutorial! Quite helpful! :D
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:icontaqresu650:
Taqresu650 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I'll try to apply this to the future.
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:iconninja-ashe:
Ninja-Ashe Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013
Thank you <3
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:iconmurk346:
Murk346 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013
My... Character... Just looks.... AMAZING..... THANK YOU! I made her look so much cuter and woman like... Also this may help when i am drawing a portrait of someone, cause when i do. It makes little kids look like they are 10 years older. Like... Adults.... BUT SHE LOOKS SO CUTE! :3
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:iconhaloveteran:
haloveteran Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
so much pain lol
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:iconiiooii101:
IiooiI101 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
Thank you so much for posting this!
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:iconleo-ascendent:
Leo-Ascendent Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
I will be sure to use this when I draw more anthro heads, which are always a pain.

Thanks.
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:iconglortor:
GLoRToR Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013   General Artist
Dear Tracy, 





You rock.





Love, Glor.

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:iconcastleart:
CastleArt Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. This helps a lot :)
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:icontheultmeitdrawer:
theultmeitdrawer Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I want to thank you for helping me getting the design of one of my favored OC on paper!
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:iconferalholmes221:
FeralHolmes221 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
oops. one of my stuffed cats with the same shirt!
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:iconferalholmes221:
FeralHolmes221 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Freckle is just like one of my stu
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Tobassinesia Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
Liefeldchilla... :icontoomuchplz:

I has another question which I'm directing at anyone who's willing to answer; do you ever rely on clothing to cover up anatomy mistakes, or awkward proportions? Or do you make sure to fix them as soon as you notice them? My problem is that I notice all the errors, but usually trying to correct them only makes things waaay worse ouo.
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:iconcheezeburger123:
Cheezeburger123 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Student General Artist
wow...hurr...I'm a little late to be answering this probably, but depending on where the mistake is, i try to cover it unless i can't cover it and i have to fix it. Soo...it all depends i suppose.
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:icontobassinesia:
Tobassinesia Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
You're not late at all, and I thank you for answering! :la: And thanks for your opinion, I'll keep it in mind!
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Cheezeburger123 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Student General Artist
oh, okay~ You're welcome, thats just what I do since I always find something wrong with what i've drawn somehow.
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:iconkillianhawk:
KillianHawk Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist
Thank you..very helpful :)
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:icondd2950:
DD2950 Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome Artist ever
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SatokoKitty Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
haha, leifeldschilla X'D

this is helpful I don't do anthro art, but I need work on angles of the head.
thanks :3
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:icongigijhonson:
gigijhonson Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you very much for this
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:iconprincessyoshi:
PrincessYoshi Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
A very helpful concept layout <3 <.< seeing all these characters makes me wanna do some fan art of them...
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:iconphazon-harbinger:
Phazon-Harbinger Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
I havent tried this properly thinking it was too complicated for my art retarded brain, i just properly tried it, instantly i saw an image that was entirely my own perspective for the first time. Thanks for this guide :)
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:iconkree7:
kree7 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
thank you thank you thank you!!!! i have been so frustrated with character design flaws lately
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:iconjunsei-san:
Junsei-san Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
I love the detail you put into these characters. You make them so realistic!
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:iconnaczosowyponiakpl:
NaczosowyPoniakPL Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome tutorial thanks ^^
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:iconeleangelofmusic:
EleAngelOfMusic Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
thank u for this awesome tutorial^^ u r very talented...... or u just worked very hard to achieve to THAT level !
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:iconmoruric:
Moruric Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
I just found your page :D This is so great.
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:iconbatosail:
batosail Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Do you work on paper or on computer for the sketch?
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:iconxbluexmoonx:
XBluexMoonX Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
"NO! Why isn't this corn tall enough?? This is terrible corn!"
Lol, Love it so~
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:iconluckyeater:
Luckyeater Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Student Filmographer
You are a great help
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:iconconforimor:
conforimor Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I always laugh my ass off with your bad drawing examples.
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:iconasphodelmandrake:
AsphodelMandrake Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
Thank you for existing you merciful god of non-picasso-like views!
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:iconautumnechoes:
autumnechoes Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
oh my gosh i couldn't stop laughing at the liefeldchilla xD great job!
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:iconcreativenight:
CreativeNight Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you, my problem has always been character consistency,
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:iconfenrirbralor:
FenrirBralor Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Liefeldchilla... don't know whether it's too awesome to live, or to kill it with fire. :XD:
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:iconcartoonsbykristopher:
cartoonsbykristopher Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You have some really great stuff here! Nice advice and awesome drawings! Check out some of my stuff! :iconimhappyplz:
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:iconelectricpoodle:
ElectricPoodle Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Te Legschilla and Liefeldchilla part left me in stithes!!!
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:iconxkieshiix:
XKieshiiX Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
Disney's science is Walter Disney's "12 principles of animation" useful even when you're not animating.
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