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

ImagineFX - - In Depth A Sense Of Wonder - Editor Marisa Lewis Pub­lisher 3Dto­tal Pub­lish­ing Price £25 Web www.3dto­talpub­lish­

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.

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