How to cre­ate dy­namic char­ac­ters

Ex­plains how to cre­ate char­ac­ters with dif­fer­ent body types, tied to­gether with co­her­ent style and colour. Wel­come to Arthur’s world!

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De­sign and paint cool fig­ure art with Arthur Mask.

reat­ing char­ac­ters, scenes and sto­ries has al­ways been an im­mensely plea­sur­able ex­pe­ri­ence. It’s al­ways a lot of fun for me and I never tire of it. My meth­ods of cre­ation are some­times strange and dis­or­gan­ised when I’m deal­ing with per­sonal works, and the il­lus­tra­tions almost al­ways change dur­ing

Cthe course of the jour­ney. This ap­plies both to the char­ac­ters, which of­ten take on a life of their own and grow in di­rec­tions I hadn’t an­tic­i­pated, and to the at­mos­phere and colour pal­ette of the whole scene, which can change rad­i­cally as I try out dif­fer­ent hues for the am­bi­ent light­ing. This in turn in­flu­ences the colour­ing of ev­ery el­e­ment in the im­age.

I cre­ate my art us­ing Pho­to­shop in a sim­ple way with­out us­ing many of the re­sources it has to of­fer, such as fil­ters and ef­fects. I use pretty much just a stan­dard brush, al­ways work­ing with Pen Pres­sure, vary­ing Opac­ity, along with dif­fer­ent layer modes and the Eraser. I ap­ply some tex­ture brushes in cer­tain parts just to pro­duce an ef­fect, but that’s about it!

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