How to draw 2D characters
Character design can be an often sensitive to tackle. To create your own character you should have a lot of creative thinking. When you see classic characters they look like familiar from movies, advertising and cartoons look simple and effortless, but a lot of efforts and skills have put into them to make them so fruitful.
If you see from 1920s the first developed animation was three-fingered hands design from Mickey Mouse to the graceful and directness of Homer Simpson, creating character was always kept it simple.
First, you need to know what you need for your character design. Apart from clean lines, and easily readable features, you should know what to be elaborated and what to cut down, how to manage the background and depth, and what have to be done to succeed personality.
Then, of course, there are some techniques of how to draw your character design. You should make sure that from any angle it works, when you are using it as a part of a comic strip or when it is used in motion.
1. Keep a distance from the reference stuff
Make aim that you create something original when you are working don’t keep the reference stuff in front of you. It’s because when you see something and then try to do the same thing it ends up with something new, in lieu you will get something else as a result.
2. Research other characters
To draw a character gets inspired through research. Your mind works as a visual library. Study the character designs made on shop signs, cereal boxes, TV commercials and notice the people who are around you – their gestures, how they walk, how they are dressed – and try to use them in your design.
Try to develop your character designs by defining its features as it will help viewers to identify the key qualities of the characters. While, doing cartoon caricatures exaggeration is a key which helps you to emphasise certain personality traits. Exaggeration technique can be applied to characteristics also. If your character is powerful, don’t just give it normal, soup them up so that they look bigger five times more than they should be.
4. Decide your character design
Keep your audience in mind before designing. If you are drawing for young children the character designs should be designed around bright colours and basic shapes. if you’re working for a client, then the characters are pre-planned. Commissioned character designs are more prohibitive but no lesser than creative.
5. Make your character unique
Whether you draw a cat, robot or zombie, you can assure there are hundred other similar creations but your character design should be different and strong and interesting visual sense so that you can get people’s attention easily.
6. Develop a line of action
Line of action is the many aspects when creating a character design. It defines the direction of the character, bring feelings in movement, and it’s a useful narrative tool.
7. First to the find the posture
When beginning with a new character design try to find out their individual posture. While sketching may sure that the posture of your characters are perfect like standing posture, are they hunched over, or are they sitting proud and straight.
8. Consider the line quality
Uneven lines, scratchy, and sharp point make your character uneasy and irregular. Draw lines of your character design thick, soft, even, and round lines approach cute characters. Always balance between straight and curved lines. Curved and straight lines give your character a tempo.
9. Consider all the angles
For example, a character has a massive beer belly it may look flat from front but when seen from the side it takes on a new persona. You have to look from all angles once you have planned of your character design.
10. Choose colours carefully
Character’s personality can be communicated through colours. In comic books reds, yellows and blue colours give hero qualities to a character design. First you need to understand the basic rules of colours to choose effective colours. To generate an effective colour palette one technique is in a monochromatic colour scheme choose two complementary colours and work with them. If you are new to colouring then try to keep it simple.
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