Digital Artist Magazine 101 guide to Superflat

  • This tutorial focuses on getting to grips with the tradition of Superflat art, and the creation of your very own Superflat landscape.
  • Initial Ideas and Sketch.
  • Look at pictures for reference and sketch out ideas.
  • Blocking in Basic Shapes
  • Block in some simple shapes like the hills to get the landscape composition.
  • Adding Character
  • Work on all the objects added, giving them their own faces, expressions and personalities.
  • Manga Style
  • Superflat art encompasses manga and anime styles. I have incorporated this into my image using bold, flat colours and a shallow sense of perspective. Wide, open faces prevail and the characters are often round-faced with huge eyes; innocent and sensual at the same time.
  • Cuteness
  • Another key feature of Superflat art is one of cuteness or kawaii, meaning loveable or cute in Japanese.
  • Characterisation
  • I really wanted to bring my landscape to life so I gave everything a character and personality.
  • Eeriness
  • Eeriness often plays a part in Superflat landscapes, so I wanted to convey this. The background is ambiguos - a sense that something else is out there in the forest. There are also eyes everywhere, staring right at the viewer.
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