Can you please give me ad­vice on char­ac­ter sheets for my comics?

Wei K’ung, Eng­land

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An­swer Koh replies

Char­ac­ter sheets are meant to be a good ref­er­ence as well as a vis­ual guide for how your char­ac­ter would look in all types of sit­u­a­tions. A front and rear view is cru­cial, with a side view if the sit­u­a­tion calls for it. I usu­ally draw any items that my char­ac­ter car­ries around with them and any cloth­ing lay­ers, en­abling en­ables me to ref­er­ence them later on.

For ex­pres­sions, I’ll in­clude the ba­sic ones, such as happy, sad and scared. I also think about their per­son­al­ity for more spe­cific ex­pres­sions. It also helps to make the char­ac­ter more unique. Poses of your char­ac­ter do­ing cer­tain ac­tiv­i­ties will also prove help­ful, such as if they go into bat­tle with a par­tic­u­lar weapon.

I usu­ally in­clude a fully ren­dered im­age of my char­ac­ter in a pose, which ensures the char­ac­ter sheet looks pro­fes­sional. I don’t think it’s nec­es­sary to com­pletely shade any­thing else be­cause it would take too much time and it might also in­ter­fere with the clar­ity of the de­sign. Ar­range all the poses and el­e­ments on the sheet neatly, and place your an­no­ta­tions so that they don’t clut­ter the vi­su­als that are on show.

I of­ten re­use draw­ings, es­pe­cially for cloth­ing lay­ers so I can save time and not re­draw the en­tire thing again. I try to draw more than just the head for ex­pres­sions be­cause the body al­ters po­si­tion when the face changes.

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