Creating Female Character Thumbnails in Photoshop

In this Photoshop tutorial, we'll cover the process of creating female character concepts from scratch. Software required: Photoshop CS4.
Course info
Level
Advanced
Updated
Dec 12, 2014
Duration
1h 47m
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Description
Course info
Level
Advanced
Updated
Dec 12, 2014
Duration
1h 47m
Description

In this Photoshop tutorial, we'll cover the process of creating female character concepts from scratch. We'll gather reference images, sketch out gesture poses for the characters, refine the anatomy of those poses, and use that as an under-drawing to create three character concepts. We'll color them in and render those colors to develop a "quick read" for the character concepts. Along the way, we'll discuss the importance of getting a "quick read" in your designs, as well as the importance of building a strong visual library. We'll also discuss what key areas to focus on during drawing versus what to focus on during coloring. By the end of this Photoshop training, you'll understand why keeping organized and on track in your work, as well as building on strong fundamentals, is key to creating compelling female character concepts. Software required: Photoshop CS4.

About the author
About the author

Alex Kosakowski is a concept artist who has worked in the video game industry for nearly a decade.

Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Introduction and Project Overview
Hi everyone, my name is Alex Kosakowski. I'm a freelance concept artist and illustrator working in the video game industry. In this course, I'm going to create three female character concepts. I'm going to brainstorm about the idea, sketch out some gesture drawings, clean them up with proper anatomy, then draw up the character design over the top of that, then add color, light, and shadow to create depth and form, ending up with three distinct female character designs. Some of the key takeaways from watching this course include learning how to think about design and keep an original fresh vision in your head while working, how to use your fundamental knowledge of anatomy to quickly and dynamically draw a figure, how to use your knowledge of costume design, folds, light and shadow, all these elements, how to use them to their maximum potential when doing concept work, and you will watch and follow along as we go from a blank page to three fully realized character concepts in just over an hour. By the end of the training, you will have learned how to create compelling female character designs in Photoshop. I am excited to work with Digital-Tutors and share these valuable tricks and techniques with fellow artists. So let's get started with the first lesson.