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End of CS 1 – It’s a Wrap

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This session has seen a mix of character illustration articles that cover theory, techniques, and in depth case studies. You’ve learned how to come up with character concepts, develop a character’s backstory, sketch character ideas like a pro, the process of taking that sketch to a final solution, and more. While this session has posted mostly on Vectortuts+, future sessions will post on other Tuts+ sites and across our network. We’ll continue to expand with each session we release.


Tutorial Wrap

  • The Elements of Cute Character Design

    You’ve always wanted to develop a character which has the potential to enchant the world and to compete with Hello Kitty? In this article I’d like to present some elements making a character cute and lovable and to support you in achieving your goals.

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  • Nailing the Basics

    If you’re thinking of becoming a professional illustrator, character design will come up as a client request again and again, so keeping up on current trends is a must. To get started creating your own characters, you’ll need to nail the basics, which includes: getting comfortable sketching, refining your process, and streamlining your overall approach.

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  • Character Design Sketching Approaches

    Character design comes in many styles, but they all start with the rough sketch. Often overlooked in online tutorials, technique and process videos, they are the foundation to creating quality characters. The following is an overview of rough sketches from some fantastic character design artists, with many different styles and approaches.

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  • Creating Personal Character Designs with Precision

    Designing a character can apply to both personal and professional projects. The character can be a mascot that works in the context of a multi-national brand, or it can simply be inspired by a well-known character within pop culture. The later is usually referred to as “Fan Art.” The character “Mickey Rat” first appeared in the early 1970’s as a subversive underground comic that I enjoyed as a kid.

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  • Six Things I Think About When I’m Mutating a Rabbit

    Hi, I’m Chris and I’m addicted to creating bizarre characters. I’ve got a real soft spot for strange and surreal beasts, hybridized creatures, and mutated animals. Some people might call what I do “random,” but there’s actually a good deal of thought and sometimes even planning that goes into designing the characters that end up in my artwork. Let’s take a peek inside my twisted character design methodology.

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  • Holistic Character Design

    Cartoon characters are everywhere, from advertising to film, and the ones that stand the test of time all share something in common. They have substance over style. It’s all well and good designing innovative, cool looking characters, but if they’re only skin-deep, that’s where they’ll come unstuck. Great characters like ‘SpongeBob Square Pants’ have much more than just a unique look, they have several key elements that are instilled in the very core of their design. Over the course of this article, I’ll show you what they are and how to use them to create your own lovable characters.

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  • Character Design Sketching Approaches

    In this tutorial we’ll go through the steps of designing and making an animated paper robot character. Not just a picture, this is a moving character that will sit nicely on top of your computer monitor. Push the robot body up and down and he stretches out his robot claws! We’ll start with the lines ready and learn the craft of coloring and then physically putting this paper character together.

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  • Navigating the Sea of Character Design Merchandising

    Everywhere you look there’s opportunity for character merchandising, from the custom toy on your book shelf to the cartoon branded yogurt in your fridge. Fueled partly by the popularity of artist edition toys, sneakers and apparel, and partly by advancement in manufacturing and printing technology, character merchandising is a great avenue for designers and illustrators to develop their creations and bring them to a wider audience. The following article will teach you the basics of what you need in a character before it’s suitable for merchandising and what services are available for the DIY merchandiser.

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  • Creating a Collection of Quirky Caricatures

    Last November we decided to round off the Tuts+ year with a bang; a huge giveaway (96 prizes, no less) to reward all the loyal Tuts+ readers. We felt it was a good opportunity to get visitors browsing the content on each and every one of the Tuts+ sites and it was high time the readers got to know who they were dealing with. We would release a series of caricatures; one of Skellie, one of Collis, one of each editor, plus some of the support and development team members. The job of producing these caricatures fell to me, and suddenly I was given the opportunity to create ridiculous drawings of all my Envato colleagues and make enemies of each one of them.

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  • Creating a Collection of Quirky Caricatures

    Thought some of you might like to see my process for designing a character. This one is filled with cocoa love and chocolaty goodness. I’ll take the concept from sketch through to vector final. You’ll learn the process of making a fun loving character based on a clear concept. Also, a quick warning – you may be overcome by the urge to consume copious amounts of chocolate by reading this, but fortunately it’s all part of the creative process.

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  • Creating a Collection of Quirky Caricatures

    It’s important to not get overwhelmed with all the information out there on character illustration and design. In addition to finding a selection of high quality sites you want to participate in, I recommend buying one or two books at a time and working all the way through them. While you’re doing that, there are loads of videos and resources online to learn from as well. Let’s take a look at some of these sites and resources that have helped me build my skills, and can benefit you as well.

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Your Thoughts on CS1 – Character Illustration

Creative Sessions is a brand new project and we’d love to hear your feedback and suggestions. We’d also like to hear what topics you’d like us to cover in the future for two intensive weeks?

Please do leave any suggestions or comments you have below.


Coming Soon, Creative Sessions 2 – Illustrative Lettering

Our next session will be on Illustrative Lettering. In this next session you’ll learn all about using hand crafted lettering and fonts to make illustrations. Some of the most innovative work today turns lettering into stunning illustrations. Whether it’s to make sections of the New York Times stand out or for the next multi-media branding campaign, type-illustration amalgamations offer numerous possibilities. Read up on this a bit over on Eye, “Make each letter speak out loud.” We’ll have a great lineup of artists to learn from via case studies, articles, and more. This next session will release around the middle of May.

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