Vivek Rai was sending me by email a pretty cool picture from a school task he had about creating characters. He asked me some tips about: How to generate ideas to create Character design ?
The whole idea is to make interesting features pop out.
To do so, we need a story. A good story gives his characters specific role and personality for each of them. This is where we get all our inspiration from to “translate” them visually.
It’s a phenomenon you find in nature. An alligator will have such feature that it will look dangerous and not friendly compared to a cute puppy we wanna hug.
I would like you to take a minute and think about it for product design. What expression, personnality would you like to give to your product creation ? How it will influence its attributes ?
I share with you the full response I have sent to Vivek below. I hope it will be also useful to you too ! 🙂
Each member has its own features.
His physical features: He has a big chest, he’s huge, his face is squarish but also chubby.
She’s the only one who has a more common body- even though her super power of elasticity is very cool. She’s slim though and has hips.
She’s slim hiding behind her black hair and her power is invisibility! So she can hide whenever she doesn’t feel confortable.
His small and his main power is speed! Like the mouse Speedy Gonzales.
So everything will make sense, and the story will be easy to understand for your audience.
My tip is: Before drawing anything. Ask and find the MAIN attribute first. Think of your character personality. What was his past story? Where does he come from? What does he dream of ?When you are ready, start drawing many doodles exploring different alternatives !
Any hero is lovable because he has a weak point. No one is perfect. So people can relate more to the hero.