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30 second character design by funkydrummerboy 30 second character design :iconfunkydrummerboy:funkydrummerboy 2 10


Copic tutorial 2 by Jad-Ardat Copic tutorial 2 :iconjad-ardat:Jad-Ardat 1,803 93 Realism Tutorial by yumix Realism Tutorial :iconyumix:yumix 41,704 2,212 Archer character design by HeroDees Archer character design :iconherodees:HeroDees 438 35 WCD 1 character design by kinkei WCD 1 character design :iconkinkei:kinkei 575 50
Character Design 101
When it comes to character design, there's more to it than just the appearance of a character. While the looks of a character can tell a lot about said character, we all know that looks can be deceiving!
A lot of people seem to think that designing the appearance of a character is a character design. It is, when it comes to visual design. But what is the character like?  
When people do give attention to that question, they'll often come up with characters that are either loved or hated by everyone, that have epic superpowers or superhuman abilities that no one (not even God) can ever hope to topple, and if they do somehow get beaten the shit out of them suddenly remember that there's an even greater power sleeping within them, which they will instantly activate no matter if they got just a scratch or are severely wounded. I'm not even going into the melodramatic background stories of them there.
So, what makes a good character design? What is the key to making a belie
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Unique Character Design Tips
In my opinion, these are the most important factors in any character design: color, concept, shape, simplicity, cohesiveness, repeatability, personality and uniqueness.
Color: Any design with colors all over the place creates too many places for the eye to look. Keep your color design very simple and zen. Looking at the colors shouldn't be jarring or confusing. This isn't to say only use one color, not at all, but try to make sure the ones you use are harmonious. Avoid mixing and matching different saturations of the same color or picking colors that clash with one another.
My rule of thumb: Stick to no more than three base colors and some value variations.
Concept: Your design should have inspiration, even if the inspiration is just your intended character's personality or an interesting object that represents them. Your character could be a bookworm, and that would impact her posture, her clothing, her hairstyle...pretty much everything about her! You can design
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Seymour with some minis by nothinghead Seymour with some minis :iconnothinghead:nothinghead 2,428 388 bender by 3dmodeling bender :icon3dmodeling:3dmodeling 10 0 Logo-Folio 2007-2008 part II by arpad Logo-Folio 2007-2008 part II :iconarpad:arpad 1,527 128 'Nhora'Sketch1year2003 by DenisM79 'Nhora'Sketch1year2003 :icondenism79:DenisM79 121 12 doorstep by DawnElaineDarkwood doorstep :icondawnelainedarkwood:DawnElaineDarkwood 82 38 Simple Photoshop Orb Video Tut by DigitalPhenom Simple Photoshop Orb Video Tut :icondigitalphenom:DigitalPhenom 223 115 Blending Modes Tutorial Video by BarryKiddPhotography Blending Modes Tutorial Video :iconbarrykiddphotography:BarryKiddPhotography 19 26 Jashin's Brushes Set 9 by J-A-S-H-I-N Jashin's Brushes Set 9 :iconj-a-s-h-i-n:J-A-S-H-I-N 152 41 Basic Grunge Video Tutorial by 11m3t30ra11 Basic Grunge Video Tutorial :icon11m3t30ra11:11m3t30ra11 2 1 Walkthrough Videotutorial by Abuze Walkthrough Videotutorial :iconabuze:Abuze 1,483 230


  • Listening to: Dave Matthews
  • Reading: Thief Of Time - Terry Pratchet
  • Watching: Thumb Wars
  • Playing: with my toe
  • Eating: pie and mash mmmmm!
  • Drinking: hot cuppa cocoa


United Kingdom
Current Residence: london england
deviantWEAR sizing preference: short body long arms
Favourite genre of music: anything at all!and yes that includes classical all you closed minded people!:P
Favourite style of art: character design.when done right and well theres no end to a persons imagination
Operating System: all of them!
MP3 player of choice: iPod
Shell of choice: the curly ones
Wallpaper of choice: anything conceptual and calming
Skin of choice: erm....mine?!i have no idea what that means!
Favourite cartoon character: they all have their good parts....part from the little mermaid, she sucks!
Personal Quote: Drummers have feelings too.


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DigitalPhenom Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much for the watch...I really appreciate it :D
renecordova Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2007  Professional Filmographer
Thanks a lot for tha Watch ¡

TheNass Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2007   Digital Artist
Thx for the watch and the fav :)
zenyzero Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2007
many thanks for the favs!
the04fugitive Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
thanks for the fav :D

chief-orc Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2007
Thanks for the fav!
row Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the fave!
Saskunah Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thank's for the fav.
Mad-But-Happy Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2007  Professional Filmographer
Thanks for the fav! :D
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