Designing Characters with Shape


The last few weeks I have been doing a lot of character design for a personal project. One of the best ways I’ve found to design interesting characters quickly is by playing with simple shapes. An example I’ve found of this is on Luigi Lucarelli‘s Youtube channel.

He has three screen casts where he starts with a simple shape outline and then adds detail until he ends up with a finished line drawing. The first is four male characters of varying ages. The next two follow the same format but this time they are of female characters. His approach is the same one I’ve been using to design my own characters, so I’ve taken to watching these videos while I’m working for inspiration.

I hope you find watching Luigi’s process as inspirational and interesting as I do.

You can find the other 2 videos after the break.

To see more of  Luigi’s work you can check out his blog, deviant page and facebook page.

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  1. Lyn Martin

    thanks for posting- I,too, find Luigi’s work very inspirational. do you know what drawing pad he uses? I need to move more in this direction to keep work coming in. Thanks!

  2. Comic Book Art Sweattshop

    I will share this on our forum. Thank you!

  3. Kary Lee

    This is exactly what I needed to see. I’m developing characters for a new book and I am working on ways to reduce time without losing character. I’m new to digital and I am amazed how easy it is to create with a tablet (I assume you are using one-what kind?)

    Demos are always the best way for me to learn. Thanks so much for taking the time to share this.

  4. Leahg cartoonist

    Cool stuff, I also use basic shape templates before I begin. It’s the best way IMO.

  5. PandaErica

    LOVE this post. Great to listen to while painting/drawings. Feel like I just got a free webinar. :]


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