Creating Stylized Characters
Go figure Top industry creatives offer insightful lessons on how to bring your fantasy and sci-fi character designs to the next level
Top industry creatives offer insightful lessons to bring your original fantasy and sci-fi character designs to the next level.
When it comes to an essential skill like character design, you want to learn from artists who inspire you. But at the same time, you don’t want to be too influenced by their personal styles, lest all your work ends up looking like a pale imitation of theirs.
This large-format book finds an elegant way to square that circle, by inviting a range of pro illustrators, animators and comic artists, including Kenneth Anderson, Enrique Fernandez and Stephanie Rizo Garcia, to write detailed and thoughtful chapters.
As a result, you learn everything you need to create strong character designs: from getting started with basic body shapes, facial expressions and colour theory, right through to full project walkthroughs. And with such a wide range of styles included, it makes it easy to absorb the basic principles and apply them to your own art, without being unduly influenced by the way a particular artist does things.
Many of the projects are sci-fi and fantasy themed, and the mood is bright, colourful and fun from start to finish. In short, this is one of the best learning resources we’ve seen in a long time, and fabulous eye candy to boot.
Freelance concept artist Varun Nair contributes a chapter on drawing engaging faces and expressions.
The development of Kenneth Anderson’s aggressive alien is charted from initial ideas to final design.