Character Creation for TV: Imagination to Digital Sketch [ Part 1 ]

Stephanie Chewy, Animator // Character Design

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5 Lessons (22m)
    • 1. Intro

      1:52
    • 2. Tools and Preparation

      1:25
    • 3. TV vs Film

      3:36
    • 4. Posing Thumbnails

      13:27
    • 5. Final Thoughts

      1:18

Project Description

Think of a character you’ve loved in your childhood - could be from a movie, game, a book, any medium you like. Identify 2 traits that you think define this character - it can be 1 personality trait and 1 appearance trait, or 2 personality traits. Design your own character (the more different they are from your favourite childhood character the better, it doesn’t have to be human) with the 2 traits you just picked.

  • Write down and share in the project gallery who your favourite childhood character was, a sentence on why they are your favourite character, and their two defining traits,
  • Create a document in Photoshop, any size you like (I prefer 1800px by 1800px, so it keeps my attention focused) at 300dpi
  • Using brush mode start conceptualising your character. The brush I used is Swamp Flea’s Stumpy Pencil ver.2 brush (because it makes me feel more at ease with the medium but feel free to use any brush you’d like for this stage), which can be found here: http://stumpypencil.blogspot.ca/2009/11/return-of-stumpy-pencil.html
  • You can access the stumpy pencil brush in photoshop by going to your tool presets on the top left corner, 80484537 , or if it's not there, going to Window > Tool Preset and making sure that's checked. Scroll down to find the Pencil: Stumpy 6pt brush.
  • Create a new layer (Ctrl-Shift-N) or 73f977d0
  • Come up with some posing thumbnails for your character on a new layer. Try to come up with at least 5 of them - they can be really rough.
  • When you are done, save your Photoshop file in your preferred directory, and save the document as an image .jpg file (File > Save As > JPEG). Share your image in the project gallery, along with what your favourite character is, why you like them, and their two defining traits. I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with!

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