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

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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.

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