Fundamentals of Character Design: How to Create Engaging Characters for Illustration, Animation & Visual Development



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"What is it about the characters we see in our favorite books, animated films, and games that make us laugh, cry, and respond to them? How do character designers develop ideas that are unique, memorable, and captivate us as an audience? This book answers these questions and more, taking a comprehensive, visual, and analytical approach to discover just what it is that makes a character appealing. Understand key principles like shape language, proportion, and exaggeration, and learn from talented professionals who share industry secrets for getting the most out of anatomy, gesture, expression, and costume. Uncover ways to convey relationships and interaction between multiple characters, and how narrative fuels authentic and engaging characterization. With hundreds of lively illustrations to inspire and study, and tricks of the trade from celebrated artists, this thorough and insightful volume is an essential library addition for anyone interested in character design

Artists include: Kenneth Anderson

Olga Andriyenko

Randy Bishop

Sweeney Boo

Meybis Ruiz Cruz

Guilherme Franco

Luis Gadea

Ida Hem

Corah Louise

Vanessa Morales

Dom "Scruffy" Murphy

Tom van Rheenen

Stephanie Garcia Rizo

Noor Sofi

Eduardo Vieira


Condition & Attributes

Very Fine

Publishing Information

3dtotal Publishing

Physical Description

11.6 inches
8.8 inches
288 pages
color illustrations throughout

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