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How To Draw : Character Creation

The process of creating a character design is often full of hurdles. Although many of the well-known characters from cartoons, advertising and films look straightforward, in actual fact, a vast amount of effort and skill will have been exerted to make them so effective.

How to draw : character creation

From Mickey Mouse's famous three-fingered hands (drawn to speed up production when he was first developed for animations in the 1920s), to the elegant simplicity of Homer Simpson, character design has always been about keeping it simple. To explore Disney's techniques further, see our guide to the brand's 12 principles of animation.

It can be tricky to do it correctly, but Laura Ewing Ferrer (@le_lauraewing) knows a lot about turnarounds. She is an illustrator and storyboarder who loves creating characters and has worked as a freelance artist for various documentaries, pilot series, and publishing houses.

Once you have your character's frontal view, place some guidelines at different levels to keep consistency between the poses. These lines will help the character have the same height throughout the sequence, but also maintain the proportions of the different parts of its body.

Creating these guides in Photoshop is very simple. Just drag the mouse from the document rulers. Make sure that the "Snap to..." function is not active because it will make the drawing process difficult.

Laura recommends creating the 3/4 pose next, using the front view as a template. Imagine what the features of the character would look like if they were a little tilted. The nose and other facial features will have to be altered slightly and not quite in the same position. The shoulders, symmetrical in the front view, will now change and have slightly different sizes. The legs will no longer be the same size, either. One will be wider than the other because it will be closer to the imaginary point of view.

Once the first rough drawing of the pose is finished, check the guidelines to make sure everything aligns properly. Not all of the elements will at first, but that's ok. Just make adjustments and corrections as needed.

It is essential to spend a good deal of time on this and check carefully because it is better to notice any possible mistakes now than when we are already working with the refined version of the drawing.

You may never have considered what your character looks like from behind, things like how long the hair is, for example. These are important details in a turnaround because modelers will use them to achieve a more faithful character reproduction. Just keep in mind areas like the hands and feet, which will look very different from behind.

For the side view, it is crucial to consider that it is the pose that will show the character's volume, especially for facial features like the nose or lips. Some illustrators draw the arm as a separate detail in this view, but it's up to you.

If you want to learn more about character design, Laura Ewing Ferrer's course, Character Creation for Animation: Shapes, Color, and Expression, will teach you how to create characters full of personality and charm.

We've all had that urge to start creating your own original work but then worry starts to creep in... Just what kind of character should you make? This tutorial takes a look at a process for creating an original character.

In one word, how would you describe your character? Think of foundational character traits such as selfish, cold, emotional, passionate, etc. Once decided, we can then start branching out from the main trait.

The key component when drawing outward appearances is to create something visually memorable to your audience, such as a color scheme or a motif. For example, if the motif is a butterfly, we could add butterflies to their clothing and accessories. Even with a character dressed in a typical high school girl uniform, we could devise something characteristic of their personality, such as a hairstyle or a hand-held item.

Draw movement and poses that go along with the character personality traits as well. For example, a tomboyish girl could wear something that allows for free movement such as pants, and stand in masculine poses.

You can also try weaving together emotional subtleties, along with realistic and unrealistic personality traits to create something special. Start with one original character, then create more and have them interact with one another, then grow your story, and create a new world!

In this easy cartoon drawing tutorial, you'll learn how to draw cartoon characters. A good cartoonist is one who can extract the main details of an object or a human being and represent them with simple shapes. The goal is that a child can recognize the drawing and be attracted to what they're looking at.

Children are the main audience for cartoons. Masters like Walt Disney, Hanna & Barbera, Chuck Jones, Jim Henson, Walter Lantz and many others have enchanted the world with their magical and eternal characters.

My role here is to help you understand the proper way to assemble this puzzle. I'll teach you how to draw characters from the techniques presented. I guarantee you'll be shocked at how easy it is to create a cartoon expression that children (and adults) will adore.

Before jumping into cartoon face drawing, we'll talk about the basics of human perception. Human beings have a very interesting feature: we can synthesize the details that make up a structure or an object in very complex ways into very basic and simple ones. In this way, we can represent any type of thing through a few curves and geometric shapes.

What happens is that, unlike artists, most people can't tell from memory all the details that make up a car, a dog, or even a child. So they start to associate very basic and primitive shapes with the specific characteristics of each object. How many children of 4, 5, or 6 years old came from school with a drawing of two circles and some toothpicks on a piece of paper and said: "That's mommy and daddy!"?

Let's start with cartoon face drawing. The basic cartoon shape is a circle. Circle Is All You Need (besides Love, of course). It's from the circle that you define the basic proportions of your character's head. You can try some variety and also draw an oval head cartoon shape.

Let's learn how to draw cartoon eyes. To make the eyes, draw an oval shape with a slight tilt to the side at the top. Repeat on the opposite side. It is important to leave a gap between them of approximately the same size as an eye. As we are in the drafting phase, you can draw another eye in the center to serve as a measure.

At the top of the circle, slightly thicken the trait that will be the eyelashes of our character. Place the eyebrows a bit above the eyelashes to create a surprised expression. The eyebrow form is free, and with practice you will adjust to your own style.

Tip: To give more life and "realism" to our eyes, you can draw a small line below them to simulate a kind of wrinkle. This is another very interesting tactic that adds a special touch to our facial expressions.

We've arrived at the most creative freedom of the whole course. Think of it this way: in cartoon style designs, the main structure of a face is the skull and the eyes of the character. It is at that stage where you define the identification with the external world, i.e. it's already clear to people that you're drawing a character.

When designing a nose being seen from the front, it's common not to use many details. If you draw only its tip, it is likely that already achieves a convincing effect. It is also very common to draw only one side of the nose, from the idea that this is the opposite side of the light.

Notice that when drawing a little child's mouth, the lips shouldn't be drawn. In cartoon style, children, regardless of gender, have quite simple mouths. A good and expressive cartoon trace already does the job.

Cartoon ears are easy to do. These can be seen from the front character side view (because our character is facing the camera), so that the internal cavities will not appear. Then we will do just a simple shape using some basic perspective (more on that later).

Easy, easy... there's nothing to fear. You don't need to be a stylist or fashion designer to make perfect hair. There isn't a right way to draw hair, so you'll need to try until you create the ideal haircut you want. Just remember that the hair is responsible for defining the personality of our characters. Oddly enough, the hair can express age, rebellion, conservatism... incredible, isn't it? Speaking of which... what is your hairstyle?! Oh, never mind...

An accurate and fast way of drawing cartoon hair is to seek photos or even cartoon character references on the web. I do this all the time: grab a fashion magazine or try a Google search. After finding the ideal style, put the image as a reference next to your drawing board (or tablet) and start making a simplified cartoon version of it.

Here are some more cool cartoon characters to draw. Older characters can be easy cartoon drawings. As usual, let's start with the eyes. This time we will draw faster, adding wrinkles, eyebrows, and the eye pupils.

Notice that we haven't changed a lot; we just expanded the eyebrow a bit. Older men have thicker eyebrows, occupying more space on the forehead. Eyelashes make no difference in men; they are always drawn in the same way.

When thinking about cartoon characters to draw, emotions and facial expressions should come to mind. We're now ready to add more emotions to our dear Lucy (yes, that's her name). Let's draw her after receiving the news that the school holidays have come to an end...

In this section, you'll learn that eyes, noses, mouths, and cartoon ears are easy things to draw if you observe them carefully. All the details that make up the face change their shape when viewed from different angles. It's very common to see cartoon characters looking in every possible direction with different camera angles, because they will need to react to situations and objects around them. This helps bring them more to life. 041b061a72


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