Creative Character Design

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Taylor & Francis, 2011 - Art - 229 pages
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Create compelling, original characters using archetypes and design elements such as shadows and line with the tips and techniques found in this image-packed book. Bryan Tillman bridges the gap between the technique of drawing characters and the theory of good character design by using case studies, examples of professional art, and literary and pop culture references to teach you how to develop a character, not just draw one. The book also features Character Model Sheets that will guide you through the creation of new and unique characters. Finally, Bryan will break down established character archetypes to show you why and how the different aspects of good character design work. The content on the book is based on Bryan's popular 2009 Comic-Con course on "Character Design."

* Learn what makes a character unique and powerful by using shapes, shadows, and form - includes 'character model sheets' so you can put it all together yourself, as well as case studies from established artists * Bridges the gap between the technique of drawing characters and the theory of good character design in a practical, hands-on way - learn how to use story and archetypes to develop compelling, new characters

* Based on a standing-room only presentation at Comic-Con 2009 in San Diego and features the artwork of a collection of professional artists as examples to the techniques shown in the book

 

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Contents

What Makes For Good Character Design?
1
Why Archetypes Are Important
10
The Most Important Part of Character Design
25
Can You Still Be Original Anymore?
42
Shapes and Silhouettes
67
Reference Reference and ReferenceOh My
85
AestheticsJust What Youve Been Waiting For
103
The WOW Factor
123
Putting It All Together
132
Gallery
175
Helpful Websites
223
Key Terms
225
Index
226
Character Design Template
230
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