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1.1 Introduction

Hi, and welcome to Illustrating a Character for Fantasy or Sci-Fi. My name is Andy Griffiths. In this course, we will open up Manga Studio 5 and create a sci-fi or fantasy character using the techniques I use in my professional workflow. You'll learn the importance of including storytelling elements in your artwork, the power of shape and silhouette, how to generate multiple concepts, and much more. I hope you enjoy the course!

1.1 Introduction

Hello, and welcome to Illustrating a Character for Fantasy or Sci Fi. My name's Andy Griffiths, and my background is in traditional hand drawn animation, where I worked for ten years on feature film animation for companies such as Amblimation and Warner Bros. For the past 15 years, I've worked as a freelance cartoonist illustrator and graphic designer. Here's the finished piece that I'm gonna be creating for this course. It was created in Manga Studio 5 and it's an illustration of a character from the novel Night's Master by Tanith Lee. Now, as we all know, the sci-fi and fantasy genres are full of familiar themes from games, movies, and the Internet, but with a bit of work and by digging a bit deeper, it is possible to create some truly original artwork. In this course, I'll provide you with a set of tools that will help you avoid the cliched, and build a portfolio of unique work to impress clients and potential employers alike. In the next lesson, I'll be talking about hardware and software and taking a look at my personal studio setup.

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