Focal Press Book: Character Design from the Ground Up

Focal Press Book: Character Design from the Ground Up

Focal Press Book: Character Design from the Ground Up

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The book Character Design from the Ground Up published by Focal Press provides a complete overview of character design, which has become a distinct discipline within the entertainment industry whether it be for films, games, or comic books. 

Illustrator and character designer Kevin Crossley starts with the basics of materials, equipment, and software, and goes on to explain the processes professional character designers follow to develop characters for film, games, and illustration. From ideas and thumbnails, anatomy and reference, through effective drawing, 3D mock-ups, and full turnarounds, this book covers how a character designer works to achieve professional results.

Kevin Crossley


Part 1: The Basics

A Frame of Mind

Equipment, Materials, & Software

Building a Reference Library

Keeping a Sketchbook

Basic Drawing Skill

Anatomy in a Nutshell

Character Design Templates

The Job, the Client, & the Brief

Part 2: The Process

Ideas, Thumbnails, & Sketches

Using Reference

Developing Thumbnails into Characters

Drawing: Paper versus Photoshop

Breaking Anatomy

Refining Designs

3D Sketches

Turnarounds & Lineups


Part 3: Projects

Case Studies

Dystopian Future: Judge Dredd

Manga: Post-Apocalyptic Robot Girl

Steampunk: ABC Warrior Mek Quake

Let's Get Mechaphysical: Easy Mecha Design

Twisted History: ABC Warrior Deadlock

Tech-Fantasy: Cyberdragon

Cartoon Style: Little Acorns & Robots

Sci-Fi: Manga Maiden

Sci-Fi Horror: ABC Zombie Warrior Hammerstein

Fantasy: Goblins & Orcs

Horror: Judge Death




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Subject Overview of animation character design
Publisher Focal Press
Author Kevin Crossley
Edition 1st
Hard/Soft Cover Paperback
Pages 208
ISBN Number 9780415745093
Date Published October, 2014
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