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Designing Characters with Shape

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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. Continue reading

ImagineFX Subscriptions and How to Save a Few Bucks

When I first got out of school my instructors told me to subscribe to lots of different artist magazines. I’m sure this was so I could keep up with changing trends in the industry. I subscribed to Communication Arts and Computer Artist, just to name a few. A few years went by and my subscriptions ran out and I fell out of touch. Then I found a magazine that got me excited to start subscribing again. It was a magazine for Digital illustrators called ImagineFX. ImagineFX is a digital artists magazine featuring workshops and interviews with artist that specialize in science-fiction, fantasy, manga, game art and comic books. ImagineFX is from the UK by Future Publishing that started in January 2006. When I first found this magazine I was so excited, I loved the articles and they even included a DVD that includes workshop files that relate to the tutorials in the magazine as well as reader artwork, program demos, free fonts, textures, images and photoshop brushes. Continue reading