Tuesday, February 04, 2014
I discovered that in my first semester teaching a word kept coming to the fore front of my lectures and discussions with students. The word is "communication" and as I thought about it more this semester I came to realize that character design is exactly that, Communication. We are communicating who these characters are to our audience. Not how handsome or how cute they are or how cool their costume or weapon is, not how well we can push and exploit shapes but WHO they are. What are their dreams and aspirations, how would they treat the people around them? That's what character design is. The "design" only serves to communicate who the character is and that's it. Design is often thought of as a form of communication. It communicates purpose and intention, so if you really think about it we are not character designers we are character communicators.
Sorry for the long post. Just thought I would share my thoughts as I discover these things teaching. I am in no way claiming to be an expert or that my thoughts are the end all be all. Character design is a very subjective topic and I think there is room for many ideas and theories behind it and they can all successfully coexist. Also this is something, since making this connection, that I am WELL aware of I need to work on and will keep this in the fore front of my mind going forward.
Also here are a few drawings from recent @sketch_dailies topics on twitter. give them a follow some rad stuff going on there.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
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Tuesday, November 19, 2013
CTN-X was this weekend and as always it didn't disappoint. It was another incredibly humbling, and inspiring weekend. I always feel like it recharges my artistic and creative batteries. Thank you to everyone who stopped by to show their support. I met and chatted with some of my favorite artists and picked up one of the best art book hauls yet!
If you missed out on going to CTN-X this year I'm offering FREE SHIPPING on all orders until December 1st. It's just like you were there in person! I've updated the store with some new items as well.
Here's some art from the new book Portals which is still available. "Paper Trail" is officially sold out almost exactly one year after I printed it.