• Research and evaluate – look into your chosen character, like movement and colors if you are replicating something realistic. If they are a policeman for example, look at police uniforms and training they might have.
  • Design and plan – Test effects you might use before hand to avoid encountering problems when filming. Make sure things work and work together.
  • Who is it aimed at?- think about what audience you are designing the character for. For example a character like the little mermaid wouldn’t be so appealing to an older more mature audience.
  • Visual Impact – a lot of things have been done several times so you need to try to be original in creation. I remember a character that had a really big visual impact on myself. Barthandelus from final fantasy XIII.I had to take a minute to look at his design, it was like no character i had seen before, totally unusual. his shape, the heads either side where singing during the fight and his overall size added to the visual impact .


  • Line qualities –  The lines used to draw your character can help with the character archetype. thick, even, soft and rounded lines suggests someone approachable and cute. sharp, scratchy and uneven lines can suggest an uneasy and erratic character.


  • Exaggerated characteristics – Exaggerated features can make your character look larger than life. also it will help viewers to identify the characters key qualities and personality traits. For example giving your character huge muscular arms will tell the audience they are strong without having to verbally announce it.


  • Color me bad – colours can be a signifier of a characters personality. Using Black, purples and greys often integrate as bad guys. Where as lighter colors like white, blues, pink and yellows denote good and purity, traits of the good guys.


  • Adding accessories – Think about dressing your character. for example if they are rich give them lots of jewelery. Or even a parrot as a literal extension of your character.


  • The third dimension – The majority of the time you will need to know what your character will meed to look like from all angles. seeing a character from the side can give them a totally different persona. Hight weight and physical shape is also important if it is going to be in a 3D world.


  • Conveying personality – Other than looks your character needs personality in order to be interesting.


  • Express yourself – Expressing your characters range of emotions will further flesh out your character. Depending on the personality their expressions may be muted and coy or explosive and exaggerated.


  • Goals and dreams – Give them goals and dreams a driving force behind the character this can also help with the story line developement.


  • Building back stories – where they come from, how they came to exist and life changing events they have experiences.


  • Quick on the draw – ‘ think too much about what you want to draw, experiment and think outside the box.


  • Drawn in mud – Decent materials aren’t the be all and end all of designing your character, so what is you don’t have Photoshop, use a biro.


  • Real world drawing – get out and about and let the environment inspire you.


  • Release the beast – Get feedback about your creations. Ask if they can identify their personality traits but find a suitable audience to ask.


  • Beyond the character – Your character needs an environment in which they fit. the environment should also reflect on the character and their activities.


  • Fine tuning a figure – Question everything about your creation, make sure there are no contradictions.
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