15 de­velop stylised char­ac­ters

ImagineFX: Sci-fi & Fantasy Art magazine - - Workshops -

Tra­di­tion­ally in stage and theatre pro­duc­tions, the ac­tors would of­ten ap­ply bold makeup so that their faces, and more im­por­tantly their ex­pres­sions, were clearly dis­cernible from way back in the au­di­ence. Tak­ing a sim­pli­fied, slightly car­i­ca­tured ap­proach to your char­ac­ters’ faces will have a sim­i­lar ef­fect, mak­ing them eas­ier to read. You’re ef­fec­tively at­tempt­ing to re­fine down to the sim­plest vis­ual form, iden­ti­fy­ing the key fea­tures and idio­syn­cra­sies that make up this char­ac­ter. Ev­ery­thing else is re­dun­dant de­tail that can be dis­carded.

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