Hi, I'm Natalie Nourigat.
I'm astory artist at Disney.
And today I'm going to show you howI draw Vanellope von Schweetz.
So I'll be drawing on a computer.
But don't worry, you don't need a computer to do this.
If youhave a piece of paper and a pencil or a pen, that'severything that you need.
We're going to go through all the samesteps no matter what tools you're drawing with.
I'm justdrawing on a computer because this is how I normally draw at work.
I'm a story artist, which means we go really quickly and we drawa lot a lot of drawings that are rough and loose, but are clear to tell the storybefore it gets animated.
We storyboard the film, so that youcan kind of read it picture by picture and tell what'shappening.
Even though it's not fully animated.
It looks alittle bit like a rough comic book.
So on my computer, I'm going tograb a nice light gray color likethis.
And if you're drawing at home with a pencil, that's whatI would use right now, because I'm going to go back over theselines later with something darker like that, which could be a pen if you havea pen.
So with your pencil, we're going tostart drawing really light, because we're probably going toerase some of these lines or want them to not be as dark andvisible.
So just starting really light, I'm going to startfinding the gesture that I want for Vanellope.
And instead of just drawing herstraight on, I thought I might try and draw a posewhere she's doing something like in a littlebit of action.
So find a space on your page, kind of in the middle.
And let'stry and leave some room on the bottom, the top and both of thesides so that we can add more stuff later if we decide to.
So I'm going to put Vanellope'shead just a little bit above thecenter.
Like right here, and you'll see I go really fastand rough and loose, because I'm going to erase a lot of theselines later.
So it's okay.
I'm just looking for her gestureright now.
So I think I'm gonna have her in a three quarter view, which means she's not straight on looking at us, and she's not in a profilelooking that way.
She's going to be three quarters.
So she'sabout halfway turned away from us.
And that's a fun angle todraw from because you can see a lot of detail in the face andsee how deep things are.
So I draw kind of this crossshape on the on the ball at the beginning, just to remind myselfwhich way she's looking and help line up the features.
So let'ssee, I would probably draw her nose poking out a little bit awayfrom that crossbar line because it comes pretty far outfrom her face, and then her eyes are set a little bit in.
SoI'm going to do just a rough circle for one eye here and a rough circle for one eyehere.
Because this one's a little bit further away from us, I'm making it a little bit narrower.
So it kind of makesthe illusion that it's going to be set back in her skull alittle bit if this one's a little bit more narrow than thisside.
And then I'm going to put her mouth over here.
And I'mjust roughing in a really loose smile right now, because I'mgoing to go back in and clean this up later.
And for a littlebit of personality and fun, I'm not going to have hereyes just looking straight ahead.
I'm gonna have herlooking at something maybe off to the side, maybe up a littlebit.
So that kind of creates a question when you look at theart.
What's she looking at? What's she smiling about? Andthen we can add something a little extra at theend if we have time.
So for her cheeks, they alsocome out from her face.
She's got these big kind ofchipmunk cheeks that are really cute.
And then her chin is not very far down from hermouth.
Compared to other characters, her mouth especially, but also her nose are really close to thebottom of her face.
And then she's got a big forehead, like ayoung kid or a baby, they often have big foreheads.
So herfeatures are mostly concentrated towards the bottom of her face.
And then she's got these big cartoony ears, which I love todraw, they're almost as big as her eyes, at least the way Idraw them they are and I don't think I'm going to draw the oneon this side.
You can if you want.
I'm not sure we would seeit from this angle.
I think it might be behind where her eye is.
So I'm goingto leave it off for now.
might be behind where her eye is.
So I'm goingto leave it off for now.
Next, I'm going to draw herbangs and she's got these bangs that kind of are a little long.
They kind of come down past the ears on both sides.
I'm going to have one piece going upjust for fun and A little bit breaking thesilhouette there.
Not making it just smooth.
I'm gonna haveone piece coming down over her face like that.
And probably the other fun fun fun thing about drawingVanellope is the eyebrows.
If you're goingto differentiate her from other characters, I'd say the eyebrowsare one of the things to focus on, because they're really thick, and that's different than a lot of other characters so it's fun.
They also show off her emotions really strongly.
So anythingshe's doing with her eyebrows reads really strongly and let'smake her just a little bit impish because that's part ofher personality.
I'm gonna have maybe this eyelid coming down alittle bit like sarcastic where she's maybe like raising an eyebrowlike really? Thick, thick eyebrow.
And then this one can kind of bearched.
So It goes down and then up like “Hm? Is that what you think? Okay.
” And I'm also going to draw acrease on her eyelid here.
So it's like her eyes aren't allthe way open, when they're closed just a little bit that can helpadd a little bit of sarcasm or irony to an expression.
And thenshe's got thick eyebrows too.
Sorry, eyelashes too.
So I'mgoing to thicken this line at the outer corner of her eyes andextend them past that circle as if she's got eyelashes comingoff, like that.
Then for the hair, oh, and I'mjust gonna clean this up a little bit.
Soit's clear what we're doingThen for the hair, oh, and I'mjust gonna clean this up a little bit.
Soit's clear what we're doing here.
Don't need those lines.
Don't need those lines.
It doesn't have to be perfect.
We're just sketchingDon't need those lines.
It doesn't have to be perfect.
We're just sketching right now.
So have fun.
And don't worry about what it looks like rightnow because we're going to go in and clean it up later.
Right nowwe're just trying to find the big shapes.
So to that end, before I get too into the details on her, I'm just goingto make sure that I like the overall gesture that she'sdoing.
So really lightly with my pencil because these lines arenot going to be used later.
I'm just going to try and find whatis her body doing, what are her arms doing?What are her legs doingjust going to try and find whatis her body doing, what are her arms doing?What are her legs doing before I get too far.
So I makesure that the pose has good energy.
And I want to draw herwalking forward.
I'm going to draw her walking like this way.
So I'm going to have her leaning a little bit that way as ifshe's moving.
This is just a line of action that shows overall what her pose is doing.
And then I think the ground isgoing to be like around here because Vanellope is a characterwho's about two and a half heads tall.
So she's got a really bighead, if that's her head, her body is only about oh man, likehalf of that two and a half, one, two and a half heads tall.
So we have to fit all her arms and legs inside of just thatmuch space That's a pretty good Vanellope.
Maybe I'll show you how to draw that one next time.
So, to that end, we'regoing to make this pretty short.
So really roughly just thinkingabout what her pose is going to be her neck'sabout there, torso is pretty short.
And there's the skirt around here.
And I'll have oneleg kind of pushing off the ground and one kind of hittingthe ground here like she's walking forward and what suits this expressionin this pose, I'd say either arms crossed or arms in herpockets.
I like both of those poses a lot.
Let's do, let's do crossed arms.
So crossed arms her shoulder'sabout here, but it's tiny, tiny shoulder.
It's gonna go down and thencross over her body and tuck into the other one.
And I'm going to show you somereal quick ways to draw complex poseslike that, like a story artist.
So I'm going to erase.
Because we don't draw asdetailed as some other artists, we just want you to be able totell what's going on when you look at the picture.
But itdoesn't have to be perfectly on model or perfectly clean.
So aslong as it reads and you can tell what's happening, it's good enough.
I think that's mostly thegesture that I'm going for.
And then at the bottom, she'sgot these boots that just go up a little bit like little booties.
And you know what's missing, right? There's one really distinct part of her that'smissing.
It's the ponytail.
That is also really fun to drawbecause again, it's very cartoony, it's big and exaggerated, and it'salmost as big as her head.
So if she's looking kind of this way, the ponytail is going to be coming off of her head kind ofthis way, because it's on the opposite side from her face, right.
So I'm going to start at about here I think and come upreally high, big swooping line.
That kind of flips up at theend, lots of personality in that and she's got a licorice hairtie up here.
I'm going to draw like a little donut sitting ontop that has two pieces coming out like the two ends, little TV antennas.
And then the rest of her hair.
It's really thick through thispart.
And then it gets thin at the end.
So thick and thin.
And then you can draw, this isfun.
You can draw lots of hairs going from here tohere, however you want, however many you want.
And those couldbe really fun to color later if you're going to color this in.
So that's roughly the Vanellope I'm going todraw and I'm pretty happy with that.
I'm just going to go inand adjust a couple of things erase hereand there and make sure I like it but I think I do.
Yeah, I'm going to go back into thesearms and try and make them a little better.
It's okay, if youdon't get it the first time, just keep trying.
So I guess I want one of her hands to be a littlefurther over so it's more facing us like this.
Yeah, and then I'm going tochange this eyebrow to be a little bit more like almost like a sad eyebrow.
Ifone eyebrow is doing the sad shape, and one eyebrow is doingmore of like an arched up shape that can make a fun ironic orsarcastic expression like this.
I'll draw her hair back in, because accidentallyerased it.
Okay, so that's my sketch layer.
And now if you have a pen, this would be a good time tograb that and do a layer on top of that.
I'm going to call that ink andI'm going to switch to black.
Okay, I'm going to go in just a littlebit closer and look at the details.
So let's start with herface.
I'm going to start with the hair from here.
And it's got these kind of gentle curves, almostlike an S, which is a really popular shape in animationbecause it just has good energy to it.
Anywhere you canput kind of an “S” shape or curves like that.
These one's a little bit of curves too, butI'm gonna keep it pretty simple.
And now the eyes super fun part.
I'm gonna try that top lid first with the heavy eyelashes And the crease in the eyelid and then the bottom of the eye, I'm going to draw it a little thinner and then that big pupil, so you can leave a littlesparkle in it if you want like a part that you don't fill inblack.
If you want it to look like there's a little lightreflected on her eye.
You could even I'm going to do it on thisone to show you.
You could even just outline her pupil and orsorry, her iris and just draw a little pupil in there if youwant and then you can color it any color you want later.
I kind of like eyes that are filled in black.
I likethe way that that looks.
So I'm going to do that with her.
But I'm going to leave thatlittle sparkle on the side and this side I'm gonnaalmost connect the bottom and the top lashes because her eye'skind of breaking the side of her face here, and I want to makesure that you see the edge of her eye.
Okay, so then the rosy little cheek popping out.
Tiny chin, over to the other ear.
And that's a pretty smooth line.
If you can go go nice and slow and it's okay to do it in afew pieces if you want to.
Next I'm going to draw that big ear.
It's so fun.
I think I'm going to add a little break there.
So insteadof doing one big swoop, I'm actually going to do a kind of straight line there, and then break it around to a swoop.
So it feels a little bit morelike an ear.
Her nose is fun.
I know I keep saying the wordfun.
She's a very fun character to draw.
Because everythingabout her is so cartoony.
That little nose it's so tiny, youjust draw a little circle and I think the smaller the betterbecause it's very, very small in her face in reality.
So I'm going to do just that itty-bitty circle there for hernose.
And then her mouth is her mouth is not just a swoopmost of the time, although you can draw it likethat if you like drawing smiles thatway that's totally fine.
With Vanellope, you can almostalways see the edge of her cheeks being pushed up by hersmile.
And the smile itself is not just a U shape.
It'snormally more like a soft W shape, which kind of lends to that impish qualitylike she's kind of holding back a snicker when she smiles.
SoI'm going to draw something like that where it is a smile shape, but there'salmost a break in the middle of it.
Maybe like that.
I'm gonna draw it a few times.
Because I can.
There I like that one where the corner of her mouth ispretty close to the center of her face, because she doesn'thave like a really wide smile, right? It's pretty small in thecenter of the face.
And now the eyebrows.
So here's the kind of sadlooking eyebrow, thick, thick, thick eyebrows.
And then here's the one that hasthe little notch and then it's raised up like “huh? really?” Cool.
I'm pretty happy withthat.
If you want to, this issomething I do on my characters.
I like to add just a little bitof shading around here on their face.
Kind of just to show where the top of the nose is andwhere the top of the cheeks are.
Sometimes if you shade a littlebit here it can help the character feel a little bit more 3D.
Sonot very strong, just like a couple broken little lines there.
I like to add those insometimes or sometimes you'll see people doing that over onthe cheeks just to make it look like they're pushed up a littlebit.
And I think that can be a cute look.
Alright, so let'skeep going.
I'm going to draw her hair next.
Here's like theback of her head going into the ponytail.
There are thesesections that are getting pulled back that way.
So I'll draw them alittle bit separate like that.
If you've ever seen the way thata ponytail kind of pulls from the front of your head towardsthe back, it makes these lines that show the way that the hairis being pulled.
Now the licorice hair tie and I'm goingto simplify this.
There are like lines wrapping around this butI'm not going to draw them like they're 3D or anything.
I'm going tokeep it pretty graphic And I'm not going to drawexactly how they knot into that shape here, because I think itreads okay, just like this.
And I'm going to keep it simple.
Okay, now the ponytail.
I love drawing that shape.
I do stuff like thispretty fast stuff like the hair, because it's anorganic shape.
In reality, it's not always this perfect shape.
So things don't have to be like the same width a part, theydon't have to be going exactly the same direction.
I'm going todraw a hair starting from underneath this one that comesout more like that, just to add a little bit more interest anddepth in there.
And if you like you can evendraw hairs kind of coming off of it like in reality, you know, it's okay to makethings just like Add your personality and addthings where you think they look good.
Now I'm going to go down to therest of Vanellope.
And I'm mostly going to draw from here down.
Because I have that sketch underneath, I kind of know whereI'm going now.
And it doesn't really matter what I draw firstor last.
So I'll draw her neck.
And I'm going to put a littleblack line here, just to show like there's ashadow from her head cast onto herneck, it can kind of make things feellike they're pushed back in space, and they're a little bitmore 3D.
I'm gonna draw that shoulder and then that handthat's crossing over it.
So it's the big, chunky finger and then the smaller onesunderneath it.
I like to grip things like thistogether.
Hands are pretty complicated to draw.
But ifyou're going faster, you're kind of drawing like a story artist.
It's okay to group things together so that they read well So this shoulder, it's gonna go to a bend here in the elbow, andthen it's going to disappear into this other arm.
So all thatI'm going to draw is the cuff of the sleeve of this arm in a big circle like that.
And then I'm going to draw itconnecting to the elbow here and to the elbow here, and then back up tothe shoulder.
And that's all you have to do.
To give it a little bit ofdimension, I'm going to add a curved shape here to make itfeel like okay, it's kind of creased there.
And then fromthis side, kind of like the opposite, working from the other arm, it's going to comedown like this.
And I'm just going to show alittle bit of the elbow underneath there.
And these are her hoodie, hoodie ties I guess I just dolittle spaghetti shapes for the hoodieties and then the top of her hoodie.
It's like a big swoopy shape.
And one line underneath thatjust to show the edge of the hoodie, right? It kind ofdisappears over there.
And if you want, you can show thevolume there, like that.
And then her other shoulderhere, it's pretty small.
It's it's on the far side from us.
SoI'm not going to make it very big.
But I am going to try anddraw the other side of that hoodie, that's coming to connectwith her with her sweatshirt over there.
So I'm gonna drawthe outer edge of that like that, and the inner edge justlike a little V, like when you're wearing a sweatshirt, there'skind of a V there in the front, right.
So great, we're getting close, you can seeit coming together, right? If you're drawing really big on thepaper and you ran out of space, you could just stop here becauseyou've got her face and her upper body.
But if you save some roomfor the lower body, let's keep going.
I'm gonna draw a pooffor that pouch that's in her sweatshirt down here.
And if youwant, you can even draw the opening where she might put herhand in.
And this is where like the stitching is.
I'm gonna drawanother line underneath that kind of like the ribbing of thesweatshirt.
And then the skirt.
It's really a little shape, woop.
And there's two rows of this paper texture in it.
And thenthe feet, I think in perspective we are going to see alittle bit of the bottom of her foot here.
So I'm going to startwith that.
We see the bottom of this, she's kind of got thoselike swirly treads on the bottom.
If you have a color red, you could actually draw that in red if you want to, or we cango back in and do that later.
And now I'm going to draw thetop of her boots.
So that's the bottom and the top is just thislittle toe shape, and then a little ankle, and that's theback of her foot.
And then a little bit thinner than thisbecause you know the leg goes into the boot, the leg's going tobe a little bit thinner than the boot.
I'm going to draw her legcoming out of it, a little thick, I think I wanted that lineinstead.
I'm pretty happy with that.
So that's the legthat's out in front and then this leg behind.
We're going todraw a really similar thing.
I'm going to start with the bottomof the foot first.
I find that that actually helps me drawlegs that I like if I draw the bottom ofthe foot, and then I just have to connectthat to the hips.
It kind of makes my job easier.
So I think the bottom of herfoot is going to be about about here kind of flat on theground.
And I know that it comes up this way to connect to her bodythere, a little thinner than the boot.
And I'm going to draw thethe top of the boot here, it's kind of curved up because of theway that her leg is pointed, you know if her leg is a cylinder, this is kind of the perspective that we're seeing it in.
So anyshapes like this, they're going to kind of curve like down andup.
And this leg is the opposite, because she's walkingtowards us.
This is kind of the perspective that her legs aredoing.
So the line of this boot is going to curve up like that.
And when we put the stripes on her stockings, we're going touse a similar idea to get those in the right perspective.
Soagain, thin to thick, down to the boot and the boots a littlethicker, just this little simple toe boxon top.
So we're actually doing really great and if youerase your pencil that's underneath, you've got a reallygood Vanellope already.
And if you have a little bit oftime, we can go in and add some super special details ontop of this to make it even more fun.
So I'm going to erase whatis around here because I don't think we need it anymore.
ButI'll leave those perspective guides up.
Because the nextthing I want to talk about is her stockings.
I've actually got a little bit of reference up to look at tomake sure that I remember how to do this right.
If you need to look at a picturefor reference, there's nothing wrong with that.
Okay, so she's got mismatchedstockings, but she might know, it's kind of fun.
Her left legwhich is the one that's behind her right now is kind of on adiagonal, and the right leg is more like straight across.
SoI'm going to start with those because they're straight across, they're going to look a lot like the lines on this cylinder basedon the perspective her leg is in.
They kind of wrap around likethis.
And the leg in the back, it's on a diagonal, so it's kind oftricky, but imagine it's a little bit likethey're wrapping around this shape.
So it's gonna be kind oflike a swoop like this that I'm going to draw on her leg.
Forher tights, cool.
I think I'm gonna draw this line a littlebit down in just to help sell that perspective that it's on top ofthe toes, like that.
And now if you want to make itfeel like she's grounded in space, you can do this coolthing where you just add a little shadow underneath her.
Ifyou have a gray marker or something, you could do that oreven if you just have your pen, just adding a little bit of like thisflat shadow underneath where her feet are touching and a littlebit under this toe that's off the ground.
You see how thatjust makes her connected to the ground like we know where she'swalking.
It's a little trick to help your character feel alittle bit more real.
So I hope that you had fun drawingVanellope and I hope that you'll post your art if you feelcomfortable with that and show me what you came up with forwhat is making her do this.
Thanks so much for drawing withme.
Have fun guys.