Welcome to Character Design Crash Course, a series of illustration classes meant for beginning cartoonists or intermediate character artists looking for a refresher.
In this class, I cover things to consider when designing characters specifically for surface patterns. I demonstrate how simple changes can alter the expression and feel of a character, and I share my tips for creating successful characters for both repeat patterns and placement prints that can be applied to a variety of different products in a variety of different markets. I also demonstrate my personal process for creating a repeat pattern tile in Adobe Photoshop.
What You’ll Learn
How to Create Successful Characters for SPD: I talk about certain things to keep in mind when designing characters for repeating patterns, as well as go over what makes a design more appealing to the children’s market and/or adult markets.
Experiment with Expression: How small changes in expression can alter the look and feel of a character, even with the most simplistic of styles.
Building a Pattern: My entire process for creating a repeat tile in Adobe Photoshop out of watercolor painted characters!
What You’ll Make
An adorable character to use in a placement print or repeating pattern!