Hello my lovelies! Today I want to talk about how I create my characters. Because creating characters is one of my favourite things to do!
It isn’t actually as tricky as you might think. It’s kinda like solving a mystery in a way. I’m finding all the components that make up the perfect character!
So first things first! I go out and collect a heap of data on the character from the author, client* and the internet (very handy if your trying to create a sheep or something for some reference material).
The author or client* might give you a little back-story of a book character, or a real-life person. Things like their habits, likes and dislikes, and what they look like etc.
I take note of any particular point of the character the author or client* has set their mind on. For instance I might be asked to extenuate a nose. Or draw in a big red bow tie.
This character building process can be extremely easy or extremely difficult (it’s also extremely fun!). Depending on how well I’ve got the character in my head. Often for kids books it’s easy because you can tell the characters disposition very easily from reading the rest of the story.
As long as I’ve got a lot of information however, I can usually visualise what the client* needs from their character and make it happen from there.
So I’ve got information on the character. Next I need to start sketching out some ideas to see if what I’m thinking works with all aspects that the client* requires. This bit is FFFUUUUNNNNNN! I love it! It’s the best feeling ever when you get it right!
I then send off some refined rough sketches to the client* and we make further changes from there.
- This character starts out with short hair.
I like to finalise everything about the character at this sketching stage because it’s a LOT easier to fix mistakes here, (much easier then painting it all up and then finding a problem) saves time!
Once we’re happy with the sketches I do a colour test with the character. Again these colours are influenced by the story or information the client* has supplied. Sometimes I do one test and we’ve got it. Other times it can take a few goes.
- But after the sketching revisions she now has pig-tails.
So these get sent back for approval and if the clients happy then BOOM one character brought to life! Best. Feeling. EVER.
Well there you have it! See it’s not all that complex.
Be free, love and create!
* I’m trying to find a better word then ‘client’ for my clients. I feel like my clients are more like friends, and the word ‘client’ makes my work seem so impersonal…. If anyone has any ideas let me know!