Make it in 3D

Working out your character’s height, weight, and physical shape is crucial if your character is going to live in a 3D world, as an animation, or even as a toy. Create a model if you want to take it a step further.

“Even if you don’t work in 3D, turning your character into three dimensions may teach you a lot,” Alexander explains. It’s an important aspect of the Pictoplasma Academy pupils’ learning experience.

Colors should be carefully chosen.

Colors can assist in conveying a character’s personality. Dark colours, such as black, purples, and greys, are commonly used to show villains with nefarious intents.

White, blues, pinks, and yellows are light colours that convey innocence and purity. Comic-book reds, yellows, and blues could help a character design achieve hero status.

“Understanding the basic rules of colour is vital for choosing successful colours,” argues rum. “Learn about primary, secondary, and tertiary colours, as well as monochromatic and complementary colour schemes. Choosing two complementary colours and working with them in a monochromatic colour scheme is one method for creating an effective colour palette.”

“Because complementary colours produce vitality, while monochrome colours evoke emotions of serenity, you’ll achieve equilibrium. You might also try a tertiary colour scheme, in which you add a third colour (for example, violet, orange, and green) and then work with monochromatic variations of those colours, but this requires more forethought and talent. If you’re new to colour, keep things simple.

Don’t forget about your hair.

“I went from hating to appreciating sketching hair a few years ago,” rum. I used to think that figuring out all of the hair’s intricacies and directions was a time-consuming task. Now I see it as a huge, organic shape that, like a flag in the wind, shows and emphasises the character’s or its surroundings’ movement.

“Begin by drawing a broad shape and dividing it into smaller portions, keeping in mind where the hair is parted and where the hairline is located. Every line should aid in the definition of hair volume, form, and direction.

Accessories should be added.

Character features and backgrounds can be emphasised via props and apparel. For example, for poor characters, shabby clothing can be employed, whereas for tasteless rich people, a plethora of diamonds and bling can be used. A parrot on a pirate’s shoulder or a maggot in a ghoul’s skull are examples of accessories that are more literal manifestations of your character’s personality.