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5 Ways to Make a Character More Likable

5 Ways to Make a Character More Likable

Five Ways to Make a Character More Likable: Flaws First is something I’ve talked about before, which is *Flaws*. Being likable comes from a human place, and because we are imperfect, a character is more human and provides us those points to grab onto if there is... read more
The Imagination, The Passion, The Rage

The Imagination, The Passion, The Rage

This video is all about pushing past the inhibitions that come from trying to make everything just perfect, the bad habits that lead to sterile and lifeless art. Take risks with your art, make the things that you really want to, and clean up the mistakes... read more
The Power of Game Characters

The Power of Game Characters

It was the early 90’s when Character Design had it’s most powerful impact on gaming. Rival game companies Nintendo and Sega competed to create the most enticing consoles, games, graphics, and advertising. But for kids, it came down to one thing: Kids, who... read more
100 Days, 100 Characters: The Beginning

100 Days, 100 Characters: The Beginning

As I kicked off a series of 100 Characters over 100 Days, I’m talking about the benefits and challenges that come with doing daily projects. A few things covered in this video: Don’t aim for a huge daily project right out the gate. If you start with a... read more
Contrast in Character Design

Contrast in Character Design

Returning to our series on qualities of a good character design, we want to talk about Contrast. Contrast is important within one character’s design as well as amongst several or even a cast of characters. When we think about Contrast, it’s really a focus on the... read more
The Battle for Better Line Art

The Battle for Better Line Art

So, you get inspired by beautiful comic art, you go out and buy a graphics tablet or iPad, you download Photoshop or Procreate, do your rough sketch, start a new layer, name it line art, and- Bleh. Mina Grey recently asked about getting smooth and clean line art on a... read more
Balance in Character Design

Balance in Character Design

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A place full of resources, articles, and videos, updated frequently to build a comprehensive character design resource.

Balance is a bit like a big brother to a lot of our other qualities. Where exaggeration and proportion help us to push the limits of what our character can be, balance is there tapping them on the shoulder, and pulling them out of oncoming traffic! Balance keep things... read more