Character Design: Writing and Designing More Memorable Characters

Michelle Tabares, Cartoonist and Illustrator

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12 Lessons (42m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. What Makes a Character Memorable?

    • 3. The Most ____ Character

    • 4. Collecting and Analyzing Reference Images

    • 5. Writing a Character Brief

    • 6. Shape Based Design

    • 7. Rough Exploratory Sketches

    • 8. Memorable Poses

    • 9. Drawing Your Character

    • 10. Assignment: Character Biography

    • 11. Clothing Design and Costuming

    • 12. Closing Thoughts


About This Class

Character design can be tough. Creating characters that are memorable and resonate with an audience in a lasting and genuine way can be even tougher. But there's good news; this class is specially designed to demystify what makes a character unforgettable and gives you practical advice on how to make your fictional characters worthy of remembering for years to come.

This class is visually oriented and made with cartoonists, illustrators and animators in mind, we will also be covering the writing aspects of how to write a memorable character. Cool looking characters are great, but you also need to have a character that feels, thinks and to some degree resembles a real person.

This class includes will not only cover the concept behind creating great characters, but will also give you concrete steps that you can take to move forward. I'll show you a visualization exercise to help you imagine your character's daily life, how to write a character brief, compile a character biography and more!

Join me on this character creation journey, I can't wait to start making some amazing characters with you.

All music in this lesson is courtesy of DJ Quads: