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Weekly Books: Creating Your First Character
28 July, 2019
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Have you been always dreaming of creating your own characters? We’re here to help you get started. These five awesome books will teach you the basics of character creation.

Creating Stylized Characters

The first one will give you valuable insight into the popular art of character design. Professional illustrators, animators, and cartoonists provided accessible tutorial projects packed with images and advice. This is basically a beginner-friendly book that is applicable to both digital and traditional media, covering many essential aspects of the character development process.

Sketching from the Imagination: Characters

In Sketching from the Imagination: Characters, fifty talented artists discuss their sketches, inspirations, and approaches to creating characters. “This book is a visually stunning collection packed with useful tips and creative insights—an invaluable resource that will inspire artists of all abilities.”

Beginner’s Guide to Digital Painting in Photoshop: Characters


Our third choice a comprehensive guide for artists who want to create convincing and detailed characters. Study stories of established artists such as Charlie Bowater and Derek Stenning who discussed their industry experiences: posing characters, choosing the correct costumes, conveying emotions, creating suitable moods, and more.

Designing with Pixar: 45 Activities to Create Your Own Characters, Worlds, and Stories

Inspired by behind-the-scenes work of Pixar’s animators, the next book “encourages fans and artists to explore their own imaginations through Pixar’s favorite characters and iconic scenes. Prompts from films such as Toy Story, Cars, Brave, Inside Out, and more invite discoveries about color, shape, character design, and scene-setting — and how all of these interact to tell a visual story. This is a dynamic and inventive activity book like no other.”

Anatomy for 3D Artists: The Essential Guide for CG Professionals

Our final choice is an essential teaching guide for sculpting human anatomy, teaching everything you need to know to tackle the task of recreating the human form in 3D. “Starting with 2D references, and moving on to practical and advanced 3D sculpting—including topology and animation preparation—every stage in the creation of an ideal male and female figure is covered,” states the description. “Featuring established artists such as Chris Legaspi and Mario Anger, there are also several master projects for an informative and in-depth overview of the 3D sculpting process, showing how the ideal human form can be adapted to fit any shape.”

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