Mastering the art of movement
Brittany Myers shares some useful tips and tricks to help give your original character designs a feeling of movement and liveliness
Bring your characters to life with Brittany Myers’ advice.
Once I took an interest in art, I was drawn to expressing ideas through characters. Even from a very young age while accompanying my mum on regular grocery trips I would be pointing out the different emotions of some familiar characters that graced the cover of popular cereal boxes. As my passion for drawing grew I was very pleased to find out that I could actually create art for living. Therefore, as a character designer who’s working in the field of animation, I’m thrilled to be able to do what I love on a daily basis.
Character design has never been easy and it remains a challenge to this day because I’m constantly learning and seeking to improve. However, having worked in animation designing characters for a few years now, I’ve been grateful to have picked up some helpful tools in designing more appealing and expressive characters.
It’s important to design not only how your figures look, but also how they tell a story. This is especially crucial in the animation industry because the characters you’ll be conceptualising are intended to act and perform as though they were an actor in a film or TV programme. Here are some ways to produce a more engaging character.