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Character Style Design: Basics to Make Your Characters Unique

teacher avatar Charles Yang, Artist & Teacher

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Lessons in This Class

8 Lessons (31m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Class Project

    • 3. Drawing Process

    • 4. What Makes a Style

    • 5. Face Design with Patterns

    • 6. Pattern Design

    • 7. Pattern Arrangement

    • 8. Final

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About This Class


Let's together play patterns and use them to give a unique style to your characters. The only tools you need are black & red pen.

The class content will be arranged as following:

  • What Makes a Style: Learn the 3 major factors to design a style.
  • Face Design with Patterns: Design the style for the faces of your characters.
  • Pattern Design: Learn to design and choose patterns for your style.
  • Pattern Arrangement:  Learn 3 tips to arrange your patterns well.

It will be fun to explore this ideas. So let's get started!

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Charles Yang

Artist & Teacher


Art is a game of finding interesting restrictions!

I strive to create courses that are inspiring and enjoyable.

Creating is fun and I love to share my experiences with you.

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This style is unique for you, and it is designed by patrons Flu or usually was the class party. 3. Drawing Process: we first take a located A tour in process and away week emphasized during the whole process We start from some facial futures off one character in this case, the other nose in the mouth off a rabbit. We are joined by spatial design lines. The with of leased lines keep changing while drawing I leave someone space around the rev its mouth because single eyes can feel the finance of another work for the more white space can make black red color Don't conflict. I give these rabbits red eyes style. We will see these stating be applied to another character. The face of these rabbits is drawn by that picture. The picture of face is also important of heart to desire Capture have to join the hate We just a draw small piece at one time and drove one after another to finish the rabbits body . - I use the heel like teacher and body. It is one kind of lying picture which we will talk about later in the following section. - I also used star like dot pattern. It is one kind of data texture. - The special patent also be designed to make Lee style unique. We will learn how to detain spatial patterns in the following section. - One secret to Desire style is repetitive nous repeating very star like start to you. Hence the style we will during the three major factors about it in science style, I also repeated the hair like picture to enhance lifestyle. Now we apply the same Satan's toe another kill, too. These two characters were former style in a piercer, Siri's. - Now we have had an overview about the whole join process. Let's go deeper into how to design the arrange pendants in the following sections. 4. What Makes a Style: in this section, we are going to talk about what makes us time. We will focus on pedals in the pictures, which are meant happy over its crest. Let's first take a look. Eight Wine Simple. 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These two contrast to each other and a former style okay with seeing the style outrun by them. Repetitive nous means the choosen patents. In the pictures I used repetitive Lee amount even the characters in the since time. This picture shows how the peasants and textures are used. Repetitive Lee for the latter group, the that pictures are repeated. Our locators faces the Starlight. A pated are repeated on the winds of liberals in the hands of the kit for a right group, for teachers are repeated. Our characters faces the street, Peyton, I repeated on the wings of the birth into the hands of the cat. Variation means that we can make slight changes to pay dance over textures, which used earlier while drawing characters. This kind of change makes our characters do promote. Diversify for the left group of lace example. The tattoo pictures are vary ated into two kinds for the right group. The first pictures are very ated into three kinds. Basically, we can make a step. I choose two kinds of patents or pictures by the we can choose more you who we want in this example, at least six kinds of patterns and the pictures I choose to make this style more choosing paintings and pictures will make the results time more diversified. But the either will become less impressed because maybe some of your choices all the singles, other people's choices at the same time more choosing PE than said pictures are harder to be controlled. In the following sections, we will learn about some tips about choosing and arranging payments and pictures for your style. Now we have learned about the three Venters, about a designer stamp, which are contrast, competitiveness and variation. Let's move on to how to design the range pages for designers time. This topic is divided into two parts. We will first focus on how to design a style off characters faces. Then we will learn about how to design the style off characters bodies. Now let's go to the next section. How to design a face with a unique style 5. Face Design with Patterns: in this section, we are going to talk about how to design faces of your characters with a unique style. Because least class focuses on pendants in the teachers, we will emphasize at least two. When we talked about face to yes, we can see these characters are in the since style in the form of Siri's. The desire of layer faces are one reason. Like to make these characters who similar to each other, their faces, our black. We start actually their ice hours in her circles field with red. The smell Aridjis make lease characters in this in style. They are three points to desire. Face with this bespeak a style. The first way is the way to dries. The second, the wise, the textual under face. The third way is the patterns. I take a rate of the face when we want. With these eyes. Recon first, a juicy we want to make a circle. Oh, all the shapes circle shape, eyes look more cute and the old leadership eyes look more cool. Then we can further the Xilai bows and eye sockets by any way you want. The only thing you should know this to keep the ice ever you choose earlier, which might be circle or ive ships you can decorate in the eye both in the region surrounding the ice, our kids, the eyelashes, elites here. Ducks can also be drawing in the waste you like. The region connecting who knows can also be joy if you want. After we have learned how to these eyes that we continue to see how to arrange the actual sound face, they are three ways you can do. You can just a thriller face online and leave the face empty or you can see believe. Feel the face with a certain color which is black in missing simple. And you can draw a picture sound face, which is first when we draw in the most. If you use different kinds of that's unwise to depict pictures, the result will be quiet. Different. They are three groups of characters with difference diary. 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Impress people because we want to make our style more impressive. The third ways it is better to choose a unique Peyton for your stale. We want our star to be unique. That's first. Take a locator, the first effective. Choose patents for your style in the middle and diversify enough. Basically, you should choose at least three kinds of patterns to make your style diversified enough. Second factor to make your patents impressive, they are two ways to achieve lease. Why is to use the transform the object painting, such as the above two patients that we have seen earlier? The other is to use a picture. Patients whose unique symbols so chose the blow to presidents that we have single view. The third factor is to make your patrons a unique I think, the easiest. The ways to use a district patients your style. Now we have learned how to design patients for your style. Why is the six kinds of patients you can use the other is there three million Victor's to select patients for your style? This move on to the next section. How toe already patents your artworks. 7. Pattern Arrangement: in these section, we are going to talk about how to arrange a pate as well for your characters. We were in several tips making overviews out more attractive. They can not only be used character design, but also you are jokes the first TV to keep changing that line in the ship painted after we have through a region with the pattern, it is better that it's hemorrhaging uses a different kind of pattern. As we can see this example, it region has a kind of pattern, which is different from its neighbours region. The face uses task, hated in the region is to eat, uses she hated. And then the following uses a line. Peyton, the current kind of patient that we are joined, keeps changing. This makes this character more expressive with diversified and also against the strength of this character by the country. Rested between different kinds of pain, objected. The trick. 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