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

ImagineFX - - Issue 142 Christmas 2016 -

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.

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