Notes on Character DesignI received the question pictured below at my tumblr blog. In case it's useful to anyone here, I decided to go ahead and use this otherwise dormant journal to share the article I put together in response.More Like This
Character design and drawing are tome-sized topics and even if I had all the answers (I don't - I have a lot to learn), I'm not sure I could communicate them effectively. Here are some thoughts an ideas that might help, though.
First, some general things...
Let some of that anxiety go. This isn't a hard science. There's no wrong way, no rigid process you must adhere to, no shoulds or shouldn'ts except those you designate for yourself. This is one of the fun parts of being an artist, really - have a heady good time with it.
- Be patient.
A design is something gradually arrived at. It takes time and iteration and revision. You'll throw a lot of stuff away, and you'll i
Unique Character Design TipsMore Like This
In my opinion, these are the most important factors in any character design: color, concept, shape, simplicity, cohesiveness, repeatability, personality and uniqueness.
Color: Any design with colors all over the place creates too many places for the eye to look. Keep your color design very simple and zen. Looking at the colors shouldn't be jarring or confusing. This isn't to say only use one color, not at all, but try to make sure the ones you use are harmonious. Avoid mixing and matching different saturations of the same color or picking colors that clash with one another.
My rule of thumb: Stick to no more than three base colors and some value variations.
Concept: Your design should have inspiration, even if the inspiration is just your intended character's personality or an interesting object that represents them. Your character could be a bookworm, and that would impact her posture, her clothing, her hairstyle...pretty much everything about her! You can design
The Consequence of Free Will: ChoosingMonster, demon, destroyer, defiler!More Like This
No you are normal. Disregard him, he speaks lies!
Please stop yelling! You two are so loud I can’t think!
You know me to be the voice of truth. Have I been wrong before?
He may be right about some things, but in your case he is wrong.
He is right about so much, all of his little whispers. Why would he be wrong now?
A sensible thought from such an abhorrent creature as I have ever known.
What makes him so detestable then? What logic have you to back your rhetoric?
I would like to know as well. I do agree that I am abhorrent and grotesque, but a monster?
You wallow in the filth of your own making, and take pleasure in your self pity.
But he has risen above many times. He fights to keep himself above ground.
I always fall again though. How does this make me a monster though?
You seek self gratification through your perceived suffering. Do you really even feel misery?
But he fights to ascend from the chase that most men aspire. He is trying.