Designing a Cast of Characters in Photoshop

In this tutorial we will move through a series of simple design steps to create a cast of characters.
Course info
Level
Advanced
Updated
Apr 29, 2013
Duration
1h 34m
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Description
Course info
Level
Advanced
Updated
Apr 29, 2013
Duration
1h 34m
Description

In this tutorial we will move through a series of simple design steps to create a cast of characters. This design sequence gives you the freedom to create unique characters while also defining the overall look and feel of your world. We will go through the design of Sci-Fi cast, showcasing two opposing sides in a conflict: the rulers and the rebels. We'll go over how the decision to contrast an idea like Shape Design can create unique groups, while choosing to focus on simplified Tonal Design can unify the world that we're creating. Using these techniques, you will be able to design a cast from scratch, respond to a brief, or troubleshoot weak character designs.

About the author
About the author

Tim Gibson is a Character Designer and Graphic Novelist, who has worked on film projects like Tintin, District 9, and Avatar.

Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Introduction and Project Overview
Hey there. My name is Tim Gibson, and I'm a character designer and illustrator from New Zealand. And if you do those things in New Zealand, you often get lucky enough to work on some really movies like I did-- things like Tintin, Avatar, or District 9. But I'm really excited to be working with Digital-Tutors to bring you guys this tutorial on how to design a cast of characters. So using some really simple steps and design processes, like scale, silhouette, tone, rhythm, and color, we're going to create a design language for you, and for your own unique world. And within that design language, we'll then be able to pull things together, but still contrast them. So I encourage you to have a look through this whole series. <<INAUDIBLE>> it builds on <<INAUDIBLE>> before it, so don't skip anything. And if you enjoyed this, please check out more tutorials at Digital-Tutors. And the first tutorial that we're going to do is on shape. So let's get started.