Have you ever wondered where our cartoon characters come from? So, here’s your chance to walk behind the scenes and see how the entire creative process of producing a cartoon character design works from start to finish.
A well-thought-out concept, a lot of discussion, analysis, and significant judgments lie behind the implementation of any cartoon character design so that we may bring our thoughts to life in the best possible way. So let’s not waste any more time! Here are GraphicMama’s 10 steps to turning any cartoon character design idea into a reality!
What’s in style right now?
Before we even consider cartoon character creation, the first stage in the creative process is to undertake extensive keyword research to determine what types of characters customers are looking for. Using the GA Keyword Planner Tool, we can see what is popular right now, what we might be missing in our character collection, and what might pique our curiosity.
Which topic should we pursue?
Now that we have the research findings in our hands, the next step is to go over them and discuss them individually. It’s not easy to choose a topic from the keyword results. We must assess the benefits and drawbacks of each, as well as their potential, before deciding on a specific topic. In this case, we decided to draw wizards.
What will the characters’ appearances be like?
The good times are about to begin! We’ve had the idea for a while, and now it’s time to put it into action. At this point, we’d create a few design options based on the keyword’s search results. The mock-ups are usually larger than the characters we intend to release, so we have enough raw material to work with. This is how our 12 wizard character conceptions looked at this point.
Which designs do we want to vectorize the most?
The following phase would be to sift through the best cartoon character design mock-ups, which would then be converted from sketch to vector. We would meticulously evaluate our characters’ notions and hunt for these vital features to determine our favourites out of all of them:
Individuality, a clear concept, a decent presence, well-defined traits, distinctiveness, positive connotations, and more are all important factors to consider.
They should also be practical, functional, and easy to incorporate into other designs. In this scenario, we decided to vectorize six wizard notions. Here’s how the sketch-to-vector transformation worked:
Which teams will be able to make it to the finals with a complete set?
We check over the drawings again after vectorizing them to see which ones will make it to the end with a full set of postures. The rest, on the other hand, isn’t thrown away! We normally make them available as gratis so that you can take advantage of them.
We kind of skipped this stage with the wizard characters. We eventually shared all six vectorized concepts with entire sets because they all had such distinct vibes and personalities.
How many bespoke poses will there be, and how will they look?
It’s time to consider what makes these characters tick. What are the most common tools and equipment they use? What are their most prized possessions?
At this point, we’d do a thorough investigation into everything that defines their personalities and makes them who they are. Then we’d sketch out a set plan so that we could come up with some cool conceptual positions for the characters, as well as the standard must-have poses that come with them.