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Character Design 2: Primer

Character Design 2: Primer
What makes good character designs for animation? This is a difficult subject. The real answer is a talented character designer who understands character. No amount of abstract ingredients can make an artist into a designer if he doesn't have the gift. You can learn technical skills in art, but some talents are so rare that you just either have them or you don't. Not every great animator is a good designer. If, however you do have the rare gift of design, and you are an animator who understands character then you might be aided in having a discussion started. Design itself - in any medium requires purely an aesthetic sense of balance of pleasing shapes or forms. An architect doesn't set out to make a building that has a distinct funny personality. 1 Functional Form - construction:An animated cartoon character benefits the animator greatly if it has an understandable, mostly logical form. This giant is not really a design. Simplicity Can Be Moved Easily 2 Aesthetic Pleasing Balance Of Shapes

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January 2013 Gearbox has been at it for a few years with Aliens: Colonial Marines, and I'd go as far as say that this game's been stuck in development hell, with it's development cycle starting around 2006. The concept for the game is solid, with a plotline spanning between the events of Aliens and Alien 3 regarding a search team with orders to investigate the U.S.S. Sulaco and figure out what happened to Ripley, Colonel Hicks and the rest of the team dispatched to LV-246. Flat = Funny and Depth = Dramatic One of the most basic and perplexing challenges a board artist faces is how to get the desired emotional response from the audience. Many times people will board a dramatic and serious scene, only to find that when they pitch it to a room full of fellow board artists, the audience doesn't take it as it was intended and breaks into laughs instead. Or vice versa...a board artist will pitch a scene that's meant to be funny and the room will be totally quiet, with no laughter happening at all.

THE ART CENTER / Sharing Ideas And Tips From Artist To Artist Some things I think are important in character design. This post is about thoughts I have about character desing, not a ‘how to draw’ tutorial. Besides knowing how to draw a character, how to use perspective, how to draw expressions, there is also an internal process going on when I design a character.

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5 Fundamental Skills Every Artist Should Master As an artist, your job is to immerse your viewers into a world that you have built and guide them safely through it. Artists have much in common with storytellers. Storytellers have several tricks that they use to keep their readers coming back for more.

little girls R better at designing heroes than you Little Girls Are Better At Designing Superheroes Than You is a project where superheroes are drawn based on the costumes of young girls. This submission is drawn by the talented SaEun Moon at This submission is Amazing Girl! This submission is Leopard Girl and her sidekick, Mouse Girl, drawn by the talented SaEun Moon at Little Girls Are Better At Designing Superheroes Than You is a project where superheroes are drawn based on the costumes of girls. This submission is Super Z and Super L. Concept Art Materials Welcome to YouTube! The location filter shows you popular videos from the selected country or region on lists like Most Viewed and in search results.To change your location filter, please use the links in the footer at the bottom of the page. Click "OK" to accept this setting, or click "Cancel" to set your location filter to "Worldwide". The location filter shows you popular videos from the selected country or region on lists like Most Viewed and in search results.

Art and Reference point The other day I came across this awesome program by accident (I don’t even remember what I was actually searching for, but on the several times I’ve looked for a program like this I’ve had no luck). It’s cool enough that I wanted to share it. It’s called DesignDoll (website here) and it’s a program that lets you shape and pose a human figure pretty much however you want.There’s a trial version with no expiration date that can be downloaded for free, as well as the “pro license” version priced at $79. I’ve only had the free version for two days so far, so I’m not an expert and I haven’t figured out all of the features yet, but I’ve got the basics down. The website’s tutorials are actually pretty helpful for the basics, as well. Here’s the page for download, which has a list of the features available in both versions.

Ten Things to Think About - #9 Eyes ~ Thinking Animation Blog 10 Things to Think About - from the book Thinking Animation by Angie Jones and Jamie Oliff. This is one of the lectures I use at the online school ianimate.net. I created this list for my book Thinking Animation to help animators create a clear and solid message with their work. I will post the 10 Things to Think About over the course of the next 10 weeks. ~Enjoy! #9 Eyes: (This particular lecture is much longer when I teach.

Pencils, Pixels and the pursuit of Awesomeness By Bryan Tillman Now I want to talk about shapes. I know what you are thinking: Well, I’m glad you asked that question (if you didn’t, you should have). layout Sorry it's been so long....Happy New Year. I hope the layout posts have been interesting. When I first went to CalArts, I was so convinced that I was going to be an animator that I paid no attention to learning about layout. Then, when I found my way into the story department, I really struggled to grasp how to (as I saw it back then) "fill out the background behind the characters".

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