Everyone has a favorite animated character, but how came to life for the first time? A lot of love goes into research and the creation of universally recognized characters.
So today we bring ten great tips all you need to know about designing characters, stunning examples using the Envato Market.
Begin designing a new character is like looking at a blank canvas.
It’s exciting and scary at the same time, and even make him leave urticaria.
Therefore the key to remain calm under pressure, is to choose a theme first.
? What do you want someone to see, feel or immediately understand when you look at your characters? Let that feeling feeds the overall composition of your subject.
Simplifying the issue begins on descriptive one-word answers.
Words like western, retro and futuristic, representing different periods of time.
On the opposite side of the spectrum, words like nerdy, cool or villain, reflect more style and personality.
Already defined the issue, make a list of the details that help strengthen it.
Check each one that applies to your character perfectly.
Close your eyes.
Imagine your character as it passes through every stage of your life.
From the moment they are born in the world until the last goodbye, what kind of life expected to live his character? A background includes all the background information you need to know.
To create one, immerse yourself in researching different places, cultures, professions and more.
Get to know his character is like making a new best friend.
You should know absolutely everything about them so that you are able to transfer his backstory to its design.
All know SpongeBob lives in a pineapple and works as a cook at the Krusty Krab.
? You can see what types of tracks can get these answers? How will affect his character if the US rather than Espana? Or lived in different climates? No matter how silly you feel, answer these questions as best you can, and even add more questions to the list.
If you need more help, start with a place you know.
His character is his baby.
You literally gave birth from his creative consciousness a few minutes ago, so it’s natural that you top with a name accordingly.
? Your character looks like a Sally, Joe or Spot? Baby names are wildly creative these days, so why not be as creative with the name of your character? Investigate the origin, meaning and correct pronunciation to find one that really fits.
And when you finally start to draw, always check back to see if the name is still connected.
Perhaps his character was to look like a ‘Steve’ a ‘Stefan’, so if you need, make sure you have plenty of space available for a nice change of name.
People connect with personalities.
? You see yourself or someone you know in your characters? Like the backstory, be sure to understand the personality of his character, from what they like to kind of jokes they would.
At the end of the day, the more you know, the more it will result in a real good design.
Decide if your design includes a human or animal is important.
It might not be any, and instead be a hippie pink flower, or a friendly futuristic robot.
Not all characters have to be human or the planet Earth.
And depending on your history or application, a human may not be the best option.
After all, humans are pretty one-dimensional, so consider the changes that will come to mind once you choose a new species.
If you still are not sure what species should be your character? Simply create one! For the purpose of not go wrong with the anatomy, you may want to give animals human traits or just for convenience.
But in the end, all the other details depend on you, so have fun exploring and see what can happen.
Although it seems unfair, this juxtaposition purposely let the audience see the main character as its counterpart smaller, more confident leader.
A surprising way to add a distinct personality to his character is to explore different types of bodies.
Because society has certain stigmas attached or features to certain shapes and sizes, we automatically conclude things we know about the character by the way it looks.
Draw a separate character’s body floating head.
Then draw three different body types and align them with the original head.
? Which looks better and why? This example should immediately show you the power to exchange bodies.
But feel free to go against the tide so do not fall prey to stereotypes.
All colors have meaning.
So choose wisely by choosing the mood for your designs.
Bright colors usually interpret as happy and energetic, while darker colors remain stubborn in his mystery.
Red is a safe choice for both anger and passion.
And green is strongly associated with nature and money.
If you do not have a definite color for your character, navigate through them all until you find one that works.
Experiment with colors choosing those who normally would not choose.
Make a really rough pink, or a businessman a blue hair type.
Out of the norm will not only help to enhance their appearance, but also make them more memorable to your audience.
I know wants to keep things simple, but live a little.
Apart from the front and rear poses, try to create some dynamic with a wide range of motion.
You can learn all about how the character feels or what they intend to do to pay attention to your body language.
Apply what he learned from his backstory to create dynamic poses.
A good place to start is to investigate poses through photography.
Generic actions tell us a lot about what automatically comes to mind when a certain word is used.
Relajacion, for example, can show a person lying with her legs crossed, similar to the mouse on the left in the above example.
Create dynamic poses is especially important when a professional work is presented.
Let your characters leap off the screen into the lap of your customers with the same kind of energy they see.
These poses also demonstrate that you have an incredible range of adaptability as an artist, so take advantage of dynamic poses to flaunt his? Extraordinary talent! ? We like to buy? ? Save your money and apply their unique sense of style to fashion your character! One can tell a lot about a character by the way he dresses.
Each character has been created is universally known for his ‘uniform’.
Not to be confused with just work clothes, the uniform of his character is the outfit that generally vera use.
Arme each uniform accurately.
Pay attention to small details like buttons, seams and clothing in general.
Perhaps your character is quite relaxed in comfortable clothes or prefer the opposite with a nice suit and tie.
This adorable gingerbread man, for example, uses simple lines of colorful glase for the outfit.
When all else fails, keep it simple.
After all, you should redraw and paint this character many times, so you might want to choose an outfit that is easy to recreate regardless of the angle.
Expression is the latest communication tool in the design of his character.
If you catch your character at any time of day? That expression would have on his face? To learn more about the emotions of her character, do as the old school and try traditional techniques that artists have applied since the beginning of time.
Sit in front of a mirror and make a dozen different faces that express a wide range of emotions.
Eyes, eyebrows and mouth tend to show emotions quite easily, so study these areas to determine the difference between each expression.
Mastering the emotions takes you one step closer to perfect the character design.
? Before you know it, you will be able to create a variety of expressions in a jiffy! The design has to do with experimentation.
It may be that your character look better with a hat or a completely different outfit.
Use your initial design as a template so that you can try out alternative versions.
Consider getting a second opinion during this step.
Sometimes we’re stuck watching our own work we can not see what is missing.
? Are the colors right? ? I need to redo the hairstyle? A second pair of eyes can catch something you missed it.
As in the previous example, how to create a character in Team Adobe Illustrator shows how to make different choices of characters using the same template.
Another great thing about alternative versions is that you can test your character in different environments.
See what works best according to the right conditions.
Before you go, let’s take a quick look at everything we learned.
? Use this checklist to tick points while creating their own unique designs! Envato Tuts + tutorials are translated into other languages by our community members-You Can Be Involved too!