Character Design

By: Staci Srebro

For this week’s post, I want to discuss how I go about designing characters.

A key lesson to remember when designing your own characters is to avoid “same face syndrome.” This means pretty much what it sounds like: when all of your characters look incredibly similar with their face shape, hairstyles, nose shape, etc.

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A simple exercise to help yourself loosen up and make a range of characters is to start by drawing a few shapes on a piece of paper. Draw them randomly and quickly, don’t over think it (my example of this step is pictured on the left).

Next, use these shapes to create faces of characters. The point of the exercise is to try your best to not change the shapes too much, but instead to let the shapes guide you.

You can try this exercise numerous times to keep imagining new characters. It’s okay if you don’t want to use any of these characters in future drawings, this is just an exercise. Keep practicing, and it should help you explore different face shapes or show different personalities in characters.

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