The flavor of your mark making and style of illustration affects how we read the character. To understand how style changes a character, we’ll explore the work of several character designers and learn how they consider style every time they work on a new project. Through comparing the same set of classic characters created by different illustrators I’ll also explore how style expresses mood and content. Here you’ll learn how your style, whether flexible or consistent, can influence characters.
- Style and mark making have a huge impact…on how we read a character.…Is it cartoon like?…Realistic?…Funny?…Heroic?…The flavor of your mark making and style…effects how we read the character.…Let's explore different styles,…and how they fit the core message…of the characters they delineate.…Illustrator Carlos Grangle…designs characters for animations,…compares himself to a cook…who makes pasta dishes,…and uses different ingredients for each dish,…but pasta is always there.…
`He believes, if you're a designer,…you have to be able to develop the stylization…to reflect the characters of the script.…Paying attention to the tone…of what the story demands.…When he created the characters…for Corpse Bride and Madagascar,…he was much more cartoony than the film Spirit.…He recommends going out of your comfort zone,…because the hardest thing to do,…but also that's when you learn new things.…In similar fashion,…Nick Kohl explores heroic surreal character development…in Copernicus.…
His Elvin creatures are austere,…finely detailed, and complex in their human anatomy.…
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