Facial expressions clue the viewer in to how the character is feeling in a given moment, and the emotional content of a scene. Capturing believable, resonant expressions is critical to successful character development. Here we’ll look at how character designers access emotional expression effectively. I’ll also show you the resources I used to develop facial expressions for characters, and guide you to sources to explore facial expressions and an emotional read for your characters.
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- Similar to anatomy, mapping out basic facial expressions…through a variety of resources, will lend expressive…possibilities for your characters to emote and express…him, her, or itself.…Facial expressions clue the viewer in…to how the character's feeling at a given moment,…and guide us to the emotional content of a scene.…Capturing believable, resonant expressions…is critical to successful character development.…Some illustrators rely on memory…to capture expressions and personality.…
Carter Goodrich maintains that he tries…to imagine who or what the character or…personality of that character is.…Success is more likely if he can conjure up…the memory of someone he once knew,…who might be an interesting fit.…Exploring the face of your character,…displaying a variety of emotions in sketch form,…helps to define who the character is,…and how they react to different situations in a story line.…Here are three very different character types…explored in this way.…The facial expressions of Sinbad and Miguel…are dramatically different from those of Hicca.…
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