In books, characters drive the narrative forward, making them a critical element for the illustrator to consider. Characters are often seen in sequential scenes and require a consistency of treatment in proportion, relationship to other characters, to environment and in overall style. Here you’ll learn how to establish a consistency for your characters so that the audience believes.
- In books, characters drive the narrative forward.…Making them a critical element…for the illustrator to consider.…Characters are often seen in sequential scenes…and require a consistency of treatment in proportion,…relationship to other characters, to environment,…and an overall style.…When I created the illustrations…for "Little Mouse's Painting", I had to consider the…cast of characters, that Diane Wolkstein had envisioned,…in her spare and lovely.…For the main character, Little Mouse,…I had to maintain her proportions and costume…from scene to scene.…
No matter how large or small she appeared,…so that the child reader would recognize her.…The best approach for this, is to draw your character…many times from several angles and points of view,…so that you know what the character looks like…in reference to itself.…A grid helps us initially, in making sure…that your character is consistent.…The size range of this cast of characters presented…a difficulty, as they range from a bear to a mouse.…Opposite ends of the size spectrum.…
Mary Jane explains how the components of good character design can be broken down into concrete elements. She shows how body shape, posture, anatomy, facial expression, costume, color, movement, and abstract aspects like archetypes and environment bring a character to life. The lessons are illustrated with examples from Mary Jane's books, as well as famous, heart-warming characters created by a group of extraordinary character designers.
- Capturing the heart and soul of a character
- Using the right tools
- Relying on archetypes
- Adding motion
- Painting shapes and silhouettes
- Understanding anatomy and proportion
- Creating easy-to-read facial expressions
- Coloring your character
- Designing a cast of characters
- Making fantasy creatures believable
- Going from 2D to 3D