This process doesnt have a specific number of steps or stages Sometimes its a

This process doesnt have a specific number of steps

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This process doesn’t have a specific number of steps or stages. Sometimes it’s a quick and easy refinement process, and other times, it takes a lot of experimentation and work. I like to
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take one or two of my favorite character designs and mix and match my favorite design elements, such as a hairstyle or clothing prop, and see which combination works best. Design Brief Create Pesty’s older sister, who’s always trying to foil Pesty’s pranks. She is obsessed with boy bands and is a bit nerdy. Design Brief Design Pesty’s pet dog and accomplice. He’s as small and cute as Pesty, always dirty and just as much of a troublemaker.
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BODY REFINEMENT In many cases, the best place to start with a character design is the head. But once the head is designed and you’re happy with it, you still have to design the rest of the body. Fortunately, having a finalized head design to begin with can make the whole-body design easier and quicker. The process for refining a full-body design is exactly the same as the process for the head.
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TEST THE DESIGN When you feel like the design you have is pretty solid, it’s a good idea to see how the character looks in different poses and angles. This is especially helpful for characters designed for animation or comics, where the character will be reproduced many times and in many ways. Try a mix of more casual or relaxed poses, as well as some high-energy poses. Design Brief Design a female hero for a comic book set in a junkyard world where everything is made from apocalyptic trash. She is a skilled mechanic with attitude, twenty-three years old and feisty. Finished Head Design The head design is ready to go. It just needs a body!
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Design and Develop the Body Through the same process of elimination and refinement, we narrow down our options for the full-body design until we have something we’re happy with.
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WORKING WITH COLOR Exploration and experimentation are crucial to finding the perfect design, and experimenting with color is no exception. Color can aid the viewer’s ability to categorize the characters they meet. It can communicate mood and aesthetic tone, and can make characters more recognizable and appealing. In the example below, notice how even though the character’s design is identical in each variant, the color changes alone create an immediate impact on your assumptions about the character.
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Test Your Colors Test several colors on your character’s clothing and props to see which one creates the right feeling and tone.
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TRY THEM OUT As has been said several times already, your first idea isn’t always the best idea! When you have a finished character design and are ready to add color, try your initial ideas first, as well as a few more adventurous ones, and see if something emerges that you like. Then, using the same process of elimination and refinement, find the color combination that works for the final design.
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