They say that a picture tells a thousand words. But then that is just a conservative estimate.
A character is not a static design. It is a dynamic entity. A character is a multi-dimensional figure hiding in the garb of a 2D depiction. It portrays depth, timetime and interaction. A character is a persona. A character has life. A character is his/her/its own story.
A good character design narrates fascinating tales. It depicts attitude, poses, body language and emotions. It relays its existence. It doesn’t just sit there like a slob waiting to be dumped on animation. Animation only gives wings to the flight that is already infused in the character. A good character has a past, a present and a future. Its existence is encoded in its design. A good character design builds an environment. A character doesn’t float in vacuum. It exists with interactive elements. It has a home and a world.
A good character design creates a language. It builds the DNA. It breeds movement. Only then can a character evolve. Or we are just hauling dead fish to the flee market.
Tell us about your character designs. Which is your favourite character that you have designed? What stories do they speak? Write in. Drop a line. 🙂