Character Art Tips – Digital Arts Online

As well as looking at the expression sheets, I went back to reading professionals tips on character design. I found this post by Lisa Hassell on Digital Arts Online particularly helpful.

Finnish company Anima Boutique reinforce the importance of eyes in a characters appeal, saying that eyes are the windows to the soul and therefore imply a lot about the character’s personality, through their style, placement and size.

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“Bigger eyes tend to give a sense of childishness or childlike wonder, smaller ones a sense of seriousness and depth, wide-set eyes gives a sense of oddity, while close-set eyes are often comic.” – Anima Boutique

Illustrator Joanne Hawker emphasises the introduction of eyebrows as a tool to display emotion, using her character Mrs Foxly as an example. Without eyebrows the character looks content, but when they are introduced and the position is changed we get a deeper insight in to this characters emotions and personality.

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Motomichi Nakamura says that when he draws characters he starts with their eyes because “they are the most important part of our emotional expression, and you can tell a person’s emotions by looking at their eyes.” He says that he only moves on to other parts of the character’s design after he’s happy with the eyes.

A lot of these artists stress the importance of eyes in a character and so I think that we should definitely decide as a group what we want our character’s personality to be like. This way we can ensure the design lines up okay therefore adding to the appeal.

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