10 take the pro­file ap­proach

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De­vel­op­ing a char­ac­ter’s pro­file is tricky be­cause there’s no eye con­tact to play with and only half of the face to show. I use light and con­trast to com­pen­sate for the lack of in­ter­ac­tion with the char­ac­ter, and en­hance the cos­tume de­sign to hold the viewer’s at­ten­tion. Here, the fig­ure’s hair does al­most ev­ery­thing: it de­fines her head shape and con­trasts well with the bright, empty back­ground.

Eyes can look sad, sparkling, mys­te­ri­ous or dan­ger­ous… and done well, can bring any char­ac­ter to life

Adding vi­brant colours to de­tails like the orange feath­ers will bal­ance out a pale colour scheme. A clean out­line helps to make a char­ac­ter stand out, es­pe­cially when the back­ground is very bright.

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