The Silver Way: Techniques, Tips and Tutorials for Effective Character Design
A top-notch, practical guide to creating convincing and compelling character designs, from a master artist and educator
want to improve your character design? Then you’d expect someone with decades of experience as a character artist, as well as the founder of an art education business, to be the right person for the job. Step forward Stephen Silver. Stephen – who’s worked on children’s animations such as Kim Possible and Danny Phantom – crams in a huge amount of advice and instruction, with practical exercises at every turn of the page. But it’s all broken up into bite-size tips, so it never feels like a heavy read.
Best of all, this book goes beyond the fundamentals and really digs deep into the topic. For instance, it recognises that character design is much about ideas and concepts as it is art. As such, it suggests a wide range of sketching methods that you could use; everything from ‘memory sketching’ to ‘blind feeling’ to ‘throwing up on the page’!
It’s this extra level of insight and detail that makes it superior to pretty much all the books on character design that have previously come our way.
Regular sketchbook sessions are a great way to hone your skills and explore new ideas, believes Stephen.