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Character Illustration / Creative Session

by Jeremy Lai on July 3, 2010

Character illustration is a huge creative field. It is intimately connected to animation and comic traditions, and has a long history of being used in advertising to both promote products and brand companies.

Creative Session 1 – Project Brief

Sessions are blocks of articles, interviews, tutorials and content on a particular creative subject. Sessions are hosted around the Tuts+ network depending on where each article fits best. So for example web design posts might appear on Psdtuts+ or Nettuts+. This site is like a table of contents for each session. The aim is to provide lots and lots of mini courses on different topics! That way you can get a variety of knowledge about the creative fields. From here you might want to jump into our detailed Tuts+ sites to delve deeper into the technical aspects of creativity!

“Character illustration is a huge creative field. It is intimately connected to animation and comic traditions, and has a long history of being used in advertising.”

About this creative session

We have some talented character designers, especially those crafting their characters in vector format, lined up. Regardless, of your chosen final medium though, there is loads of theory and tons of techniques to learn in this Character Illustration session.

Skill Building

Not only does this project build your skills with crafting a character, refining your process, and mastering your craft, but it will get you thinking about character personality. An important part of this project is thinking about what makes your character interesting. What quirky moments would describe your character’s life? What physiological mix is stirring in your character’s brain? I’m sure everyone has their favorite cartoon characters. Analyze what you love about those characters? Of those character’s you love, which ones are more complex, quirky, and mix both positive and negative traits into a wonderful stew. I think Hello Kitty would be much more interesting if she consistently fought the urge to eat her young.

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