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Doodle Study: Sea Otter :iconethe:ethe 3,773 106 Doodle Study: Hedgehog :iconethe:ethe 3,486 124 wood :icondavidsequeira:DavidSequeira 5,580 109 Day 590. Caique Quickie :iconcryptid-creations:Cryptid-Creations 2,608 101 HOW TO MAKE YOUR ART LOOK NICE: Reference n Style :icontrisketched:trisketched 6,953 455 Holiday mountains :iconvictoria-ying:victoria-ying 336 7 Freeze :iconafinewar:AFineWar 454 46 Gravity: A Flash Comic :iconan-tan-y:an-tan-y 85 23 lament of Evening Star :iconbreath-art:breath-art 3,648 114 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory :iconaudreybenjaminsen:AudreyBenjaminsen 3,017 80
Unique Character Design Tips
In my opinion, these are the most important factors in any character design: color, concept, shape, simplicity, cohesiveness, repeatability, personality and uniqueness.
Color: Any design with colors all over the place creates too many places for the eye to look. Keep your color design very simple and zen. Looking at the colors shouldn't be jarring or confusing. This isn't to say only use one color, not at all, but try to make sure the ones you use are harmonious. Avoid mixing and matching different saturations of the same color or picking colors that clash with one another.
My rule of thumb: Stick to no more than three base colors and some value variations.
Concept: Your design should have inspiration, even if the inspiration is just your intended character's personality or an interesting object that represents them. Your character could be a bookworm, and that would impact her posture, her clothing, her hairstyle...pretty much everything about her! You can design
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Princess Merida :iconventapane:Ventapane 7,534 1,098 Time Management (tumblr response) :iconanthonyholden:AnthonyHolden 358 68 Pencil Brushes :iconbenhickling:BenHickling 4,251 245 The best field :iconhimette:HIMETTE 2 0


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I graduated from Vancouver Film School's Classical Animation programme earlier this year. Since then I've been doing a little freelance illustration and design work. I'll be attending the NFTS Certificate in Character Animation course next month.



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Meltintalle Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice to see you again!

And thanks for the faves. :)