Character Design Crash Course: Characters for Surface Pattern Design

Melissa Lee, allow yourself to fail before you succeed

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6 Lessons (39m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Designing Characters for Surface Patterns

    • 3. Expression

    • 4. Body

    • 5. Creating a Repeat Tile in Photoshop

    • 6. Closing Thoughts

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About This Class


Welcome to Character Design Crash Course, a series of illustration classes meant for beginning cartoonists or intermediate character artists looking for a refresher. 

In this class, I cover things to consider when designing characters specifically for surface patterns. I demonstrate how simple changes can alter the expression and feel of a character, and I share my tips for creating successful characters for both repeat patterns and placement prints that can be applied to a variety of different products in a variety of different markets. I also demonstrate my personal process for creating a repeat pattern tile in Adobe Photoshop.

What You'll Learn

  • How to Create Successful Characters for SPD: I talk about certain things to keep in mind when designing characters for repeating patterns, as well as go over what makes a design more appealing to the children's market and/or adult markets.
  • Experiment with Expression: How small changes in expression can alter the look and feel of a character, even with the most simplistic of styles.
  • Building a Pattern: My entire process for creating a repeat tile in Adobe Photoshop out of watercolor painted characters!

What You'll Make

An adorable character to use in a placement print or repeating pattern!