Color is a complex topic to be sure, but knowing some basics will help you to get started on choosing color palettes for your characters. You’ll learn that color has emotive powers, and can clue the audience into symbolic meaning and emotional expression. You’ll discover some basic ways to develop your palette; learn about contrast, temperature, vibrancy and value; and assess the effect media has on the colors you choose for your character.
- Understanding color is a complex topic in its own right,…but for our purposes let's review some basic issues…that will help you to develop your characters.…When choosing a set of colors, also known as a palette,…it's critical to chose a set amount of colors…and not use every color in your tool kit,…also known as limited palette.…Choosing a blue, a red, and a yellow,…the three primary colors in the color wheel…and making all of your colors…variations of those three primaries…will help to keep your palette cohesive.…
Colors that are mix of two primaries…are known as secondary colors…and colors made from mixing three primaries,…a secondary and a primary,…or two secondaries is known as a tertiary color.…Color can be viewed in terms…of its relative lightness or darkness,…otherwise known as value.…Vibrancy of color is the measure of a color's intensity…or saturation.…A color can be seen at its most vibrant…and then at its most desaturated or least vibrant form.…
This form of desaturation is also referred to…as a neutral version of a color.…
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