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100 Character Concepts by ClintCearley 100 Character Concepts by ClintCearley
In effort to round out a concept art portfolio I've made a sheet of 100 character thumbnail concepts. Some are decent, some are lame; I'll pick a couple of my favorites and render them in more detail.
I'd also like to do a fan favorite, so let me know your fav and if it's the most popular, it'll join mine in the polishing room! Cheers

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To watch the tutorial vid that inspired me, go here!
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Given 2010-07-04
The suggester says: "There is some amazing game art out there, but anyone that takes the time to create a hundred thumbnail character concepts really deserves a tip of the hat. The fact that he posted a hundred of them in a single deviation is staggering enough, but the individuality and personality between each one really sets the bar high for anyone trying to complete a similar project." 100 Character Concepts by *Damascus5 ( Suggested by NightsongWS and Featured by Pyritie )
pheye Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2016  Student General Artist
So amazing, i going to have to come up with a couple of these sheets myself.
Great diversity in shape and pose.
SLEEPYSPECTER Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2016
I like the diversity of your concepts. I have a more monster based concept sheet on my gallery on page 3 called Monster Dump. I also have quite a lot of character concept art as well all around. I hope you enjoy.
MusicIsMyLife7 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Student Artist
WOW!!! :jawdrop: They're EPIC!
InHayle Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
8-9. slight yet strong. lots of hair; or is that fire? possibiliities
CrystalGreene Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
3rd row from top 1st character from left
2nd row from bottom 3rd character from left

also... i love them all. i concur with :SycrosD4: i too need to do this.
SrVilla Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
Great! I can use for a intro video for my channel in youtube?
haos-shaman-queen Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I peronally love 3rd row from the top, third from the left.
mothman88 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
i do that on my schoolbooks
GilPires Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
Thumbs Up!!
lycanthusincarnum Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very very very very very helpful for a beginning character Design concept artist..
MrToroTheGreat Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
Make a full-sized, full-color concept of all of these and you'll get a cookie. No, two cookies!
FableofSpades Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the one in the second row from the bottom, five over from the left.
bugfacegard Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
Amazing thumbnails of characters, i must do some more.
effigytormented Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012
I'll take it! I'll take 12!
Kata-Nui Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the caracter in the row 3 at the 7 position of the left.
I like his pose and his style he remind me a joker or a mad wizard or something like this :)
Kata-Nui Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The last row the 4 from the left is also pretty cool.
these sort of things just inspire me
DSil Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Student General Artist
Great exercise. I gotta try this some time.
chibisuke-hikaru Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011
damn epicnessssssss ^_^
hotwaxonlobsters Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
Holy... this is awesome.
sandipboral Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome thumbnail
IVbenjamin Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is crazy!! :O
beebo004 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
chaotic-Wildcard Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011
MikaInk Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
lol i should do that too before painting bigger immages =P
VanRelm Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011
These thumbnails, in conjunction with the larger versions, is phenomenal
Krumla Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Speaking as a person who sucks at making thumbnails (I just draw a few ideas of what I want the character to look like and then go with it) it's nice to see how it's done right :)
Patman575 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011
That's an awesome skill to pick up for getting real dynamic poses and having several options for a final piece (in this case 100 xD). You've inspired me to pick this up, thanks Damascus5! Incredibly awesome work!
SycrosD4 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Gotta do this sometime.
KingJoJohn Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Kidding me!? These are sick!
unshakentomato Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011
Great exercise. I intend to try this myself.
stealth-ninja-64 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010
wow amazin'...the link helped me a lot :wow:
DeadSkullFace Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010
i like the third character, with the hoody-wizard type
orin3 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Professional General Artist
I do the same thing, but man. You're better at it than me. :L, Do u realize how many sweet pictures u can make out of each one of those sketches?oO, Have u out drawn each one of those or just some.

PS: Do u mind if i take some? XD
ClintCearley Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Professional General Artist
Yes, I have refined six of the concepts which can be seen here. While I'm glad you like the work, they are not stock images and must request they not be used by someone else as I may very likely use some of them later. If you do a couple of batches I'm sure you'll come up with a couple that are promising. I recall that I deleted about 20-30 weak ones to get down to the group you see.
lilnaif Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010  Student
amma use some of these sketchs on some of my graffiti
if u allow me :P
rolgame Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010

Please help us making a Role-Playing game!
williammd01 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010
The fifth row is the best.
TrueKaoz Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010  Student General Artist
Truely wondeful work, i love the variation and detail, very nice work indeed. And inspirational =)
infeater Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great idea for your portfolio. They seem very detailed, too.
Mozart-the-Cat Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Student General Artist
I just saw *yongha0's version of this style of concept sketching, and they provided a link here. I know this is from six years ago, but the same can be said of it now, too. Absolutely awesome and wonderful work!
SamYangArt Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Hey Clint,

Just wanted to let you know that I saw this just very recently as well as Mark's video through the link and was really inspired to do try this out for myself :)

This is what I came up with if you're interested [link]

I was a little stuck with how I should show the process in my folio, and this and mark's video really helped me get up and running again so thanks a bunch =D

These 100 concepts are awesome by the way, I really like the girl with the dark shiny outfit that you took to the next stage; as well as the sword wielding (samurai?) that seems to be floating/has feet together very gracefully =]
pollygone300 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010   General Artist
Hey man How big were the originals because if they are bigger than you need to post them .........if you did youd have my fav
pollygone300 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010   General Artist
revision I meant 4 down 3 from right
pollygone300 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010   General Artist
OHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!! 3 down 3 from right
pollygone300 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010   General Artist
Revision I meant 4 down 3 from right
pollygone300 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010   General Artist
5 up 4 from left 3 up 1 from right
ArcaneRaven Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Student Digital Artist
ah sweet, we learned this at class last week, totally worth doing.
bugfacegard Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010
looks great, i've got to do more of these, should do powerstations and armaments too, and canons/artilery
zippythewildone Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
when you drew these, did you have an idea before you sketched the thumb, or did you just start drawing and see what it turned into?
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