SIX TIPS FOR CRAFTY CHARACTERS
1Look at people. Pay attention to how they move, how they carry themselves and look for aspects of their personalities that are shown through these mannerisms. Take note of these things and combine them with your own imagination to create mash-ups.
Jim Stoten www.jimtheillustrator.co.uk
2Focus your energies in coming up with your own world, tell your personal stories, unify colours, shapes, lines, explore but also keep on coming back to what you think is making a strong personal body of work.
Jose Mendez www.josemiguelmendez.com
3Keep it personal. If you can relate to your characters then the viewer will too. For us it’s all about creating characters based in reality; they can be cute and cuddly but they don’t have to live in rainbows and gingerbread houses. It’s much more interesting when you can re-contextualise them into the everyday realities that we all experience.
Craig Redman www.craigandkarl.com
4Think of characters that exist that you like, love, hate. The Dude, Mr Creosote, James Corden, whoever – and draw your version of that character. You need to make sure that you are communicating the things that make the character who they are. Eventually, you will be able to draw from all these when you are trying to create your own original characters.
Leon Edler www.leillo.com
5Trust your gut, and don’t force anything. A great and strong style will come naturally, you’ve just got to work hard, keep practising, make mistakes and experiment. Hattie Stewart www.hattiestewart.com
6Create a back story. Providing a motivation can really help you to develop characters that possess a sense of presence. They have a reason to exist and it can help you to decide how to pose them and what scenarios to place them in.
Alex Jenkins www.nexusstudios.com