Here’s an overview of what we’ve learned through out the course, and a reminder of the amazing resources the stellar cast of character designers have provided as go to books and sites to help you continue to grow your skills in character development.
- I hope this course has inspired you…to start creating your own characters.…Or if you already make your own characters,…make them even more expressive.…The best way to getting good at creating characters…is to practice exploring things like body shape,…posture, facial expression, proportion,…color, movement, developing backstory,…examining archetypes and just spending time looking…at the world around you with a sketchbook,…a camera or just your keen sense of observation.…
I want you to take what you've seen in this course…to sharpen your skills at bringing characters to life…whether it's purely for yourself…or part of a larger project.…Thank you for watching.…
AuthorMary Jane Begin
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
Skill Level Beginner
James White's Character Illustrations: Start to Finishwith James White31m 28s Intermediate
1. Introduction to Character Development
2. Elements of Developing a Believable Character
3. Character Construction
4. Style Meets Substance
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