Hurray! Here is my latest character design. Meet Lady V.
Praise the Lord, this character was a lot of fun to design! She’s a charming scoundrel. She’s part of a story that I am creating. See if you can pick out the different periods in art that I was inspired by for her! There are actually quite a few…
Technically speaking, the process for the final character design is basically as follows and was created digitally in Photoshop:
Draw line work.
Paint flat local colors on new layer underneath line work layer.
Go back to your line layer, select and isolate the line work and paint it so that it compliments the local colors, such as using a lighter brown around the skin, or a darker brown around the eye makeup.
Above both the line and color layers, create shading with a Multiply layer – Keep it simple. Once painted, reduce the opacity of the shading layer as needed.
Above that layer, create highlights using an Overlay layer. Again, reduce opacity as needed.
Use one of your textures that is painterly and really vibrant in color, clip it to your character’s shape and play around with transparency filters such as Overlay. Test out the different colors in hue/saturation, and play with opacity until it gives an effect you like.
Keep experimenting with your piece until satisfied with the final design, and tah dah! Have fun digital painting!
P.S. Some of the concept artwork for her costume design variations were created in Procreate using a soft and textured technical pen.
Life has been really blessed and very productive! Currently, I’m working on a class with SCAD that gives a lot of leg room to the students to choose their project directions to help build up our portfolios. With this in mind, I’m working on creating a lot more in the way of pre-production artwork including character designs, value and color/lighting key studies, prop designs etc. for the story by Hans Christian Andersen “The Brave (Steadfast) Tin Soldier.”
This story has been in the back of my mind for a long time. It has a very sad ending, but if it were to be envisioned for a full-length movie, I’d like to imagine and create a happier solution to the end where the tin soldier actually does get the girl. For the class, I plan to design the Black Goblin (the jack in the box) and the Tin Soldier.
As an extra curricular project, I designed over the weekend this character named “Poecan” who is the canary poet. In the story, the narrator mentions that at night, while the other toys come alive, the canary also wakes up and starts speaking in poetry. His character is limited to this small reference in the whole plot, but I thought he might turn out to be a fun character to make more significant to the story.
Thanks for reading and I hope to post more visual development work soon!
Over the past few months, life has been intense and busy, but extremely rewarding. I’ve created a few character design sheets and look forward to making more. Here are just a few recent works for visual development. Let me know your thoughts!
One of the most beautiful art forms in the world is drawing. It has such fluidity and motion, and almost seems to breathe.
Recently, I went down to Atlanta to hear a few people from Pixar share about their experiences with the company. (I survived I-85 – thank the Lord! Glad to be alive!) While I was waiting to enter the auditorium, I met several other students from SCAD. It was a joy to hear their goals in animation, production and visual development. One of the biggest things that made an impression on me was that they too absolutely loved the beauty of drawings. It was wonderful to be in such a community of artists!
As I continue in visual development, the character design works by artists such as Jin Kim and Carter Goodrich have been such inspirations. They know exactly how to bring out the emotions and quirky uniqueness of each character they get to create and know. Each personality has a history, likes, dislikes, convictions, vices and qualities. That is what I want to bring out in my work.
Here is an example of one of my characters. I don’t want to give a name for him or synopsis, but rather his personality to show through – who he is, and all of the above.
Thanks everyone for your support! Let me know if you have any tips on character development! All the very best to you and God bless!