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Expression in Character Design

Expression in Character Design

In previous installments talking about important qualities of character design, we’ve talked about how clarity is the effectiveness of your communication, and yet expression makes up an even more important part of communication. Design is all about communicating... read more
Proportion in Character Design

Proportion in Character Design

In my post How To Be a Character Designer, I talked about some important qualities that contribute to a good character design. Here, we’re focusing on proportion. Proportion is simply the size of one thing in relation to another. A lot of times with art, we’re... read more
Clarity in Character Design

Clarity in Character Design

Clarity Essentially, clarity is communication. Specifically, clear and effective visual communication. To think about the importance of clarity, consider what gets in the way of clarity with audio and hearing: Tons of obstacles could get in the way of you not being... read more
How To Be a Character Designer

How To Be a Character Designer

I’m still planning on launching my course Learn Character Design in the late spring/early summer, and I’m hoping to cover more of the essential elements of character design, starting now with How: How do I become a character designer? I’ll talk later about practical... read more
Character Design Subversion Challenge!

Character Design Subversion Challenge!

In this video, I outline the Character Design Subversion Challenge, which I’m initiating and taking part in for the month of February. If you’d like to participate, use the hashtag #subversionchallenge, or tag @bageldenizen on Twitter or Instagram! I also... read more
Two Ways to Learn Art

Two Ways to Learn Art

There are a lot of learning styles and methods in general, especially when it comes to obtaining and retaining information, but there’s two specific ways that you can improve your drawing skill, and I’ll give you my own personal bias about which one is better. These... read more
Your Two Art Brains

Your Two Art Brains

When you practice the observational side of things, you’ll be able to use reference more effectively when creating your concepts. Most importantly, it will help you to turn off the part of your brain that’s asking what design decisions to make, and instead focus on the technical aspect of what you’re creating: your draftsmanship, fundamentals, and rendering.

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Art, FEAR, & You

Art, FEAR, & You

Character Design Forge Blog

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

You Have Fear, And You May Not Know It On a deep subconscious level, we allow fear to control us in a lot of ways that we may not even notice. In a survival situation, fear is what keeps us safe. But when it comes to art, fear can affect you in two distinct ways. Fear... read more