Choosing the right tools for the job is important no matter what you’re doing, but trusting what works best for you is more important than you’d think. Tools that allow for the quickest, most accessible way to express your ideas is essential, whether it's software or traditional media. You’ll learn about a variety of tools that work well for the experts, and be encouraged to try your hand at any of them, or just trust the tools you know feel right for you.
- Getting bogged down with technicalities early on…can be deadly, so removing technical barriers…at the outset helps to access the clearest ideas.…Using simple, often traditional materials works best.…Here's a list of tools you could use for the first…steps of creating your characters.…Pencils are one of the most common tools…to start the process, because it's one of…the first tools we become familiar with as artists.…Carter Goodrich uses a common number two…Staedtler pencil, and whatever drawing paper…he has laying around.…
He typically explores his characters without color…to keep the focus on the character's structure.…Adding a more permanent and deeper value range…mark making on paper can help to provide…more graphic clarity and darker values to a sketch.…Nico Marlet uses pencils and markers on…lightly toned paper to capture his fluid…and organic character designs.…These materials allow for a clean, graphic presentation,…while still displaying his expressive pencil line.…Thinking about color early on is critical for some artists.…
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