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Character Design

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Quick, name a character! Memorable characters are part of our culture–from the Simpsons to Mickey Mouse, creating a unique and likeable personality is a powerful way to make your work memorable. But creating good characters isn’t easy! In this information-packed 13 lesson course, Ian Yates walks you through the basics of designing a memorable character illustration and the important steps of a character project. Including:

  • Purpose for characters and brainstorming concepts
  • Sketching and getting started
  • Considering props and other features
  • Avoiding easy pitfalls and problems in character design
  • Translating your character to digital artwork in Illustrator
  • Polishing and bringing your character to life
  • And more!
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Introduction

01:21

1.Welcome
3 lessons, 17:18

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1.1
Introduction
01:21

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1.2
What is a Character?
08:01

1.3
Brainstorming
07:56

2.Development
7 lessons, 1:05:26

2.1
The Importance of Sketching
12:48

2.2
Anatomy
13:17

2.3
Working with Props
09:34

2.4
Practicalities
07:44

2.5
The Big Eyes Fallacy
05:41

2.6
Context
09:44

2.7
Standing Out from the Crowd
06:38

3.Execution
3 lessons, 28:25

3.1
Tidying Up
12:23

3.2
Lighting and Texture
15:06

3.3
Conclusion
00:56


About Ian Yates
My name's Ian and I'm editor of Web Design content at Tuts+. Ask me anything you like about web design… I'll find someone who knows the answer.
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