If you’re a fan of creating your own character from scratch, then you’ve probably stumbled across websites like www.planetcreation.co.uk/createpic or www.southpark.cc.com/avatar at some point of your life.
I’m not always with the pen and paper method, however. Sketching digitally or starting out on a Wacom helped me develop shapes that wouldn’t have looked so appealing on paper.
2. Have element choices
Whether to make the legs shorter, eyes wider or hair weirder, you kind of always play around till you get a little dude you’re happy about.
So create different versions as you go forward, copying and pasting one version next to the other.
DO NOT WORK ON THE SAME VERSION. Keep old ones you might not like right now, because you may like them after a while or maybe certain elements in it.
3. Play around with proportions and exaggerate
Exaggeration isn’t always a key factor into creating a character, and it surely depends on who your audience is but it sure helps making it stand out. Make their head freakishly larger than their bodies, make their legs super thin with a heavy body, eyes to the side of their mouth, big ears, small hands, the sky is the limit. (NASA cannot relate to that one)
Characters sometimes are memorable for their accessories when they don’t really have a unique aspect; it helps pimp out their style. It could be a rhino riding a unicycle maybe. You wouldn’t remember it properly if not for its tiny pink unicycle. No, not even if the rhino is a nice rhino. Hook him up with a unicycle. Seriously.
5. Give them a story
If your character is a pirate, then it probably has a missing leg. How did he lose that leg? Was it a whale? Did he step on a Lego?
Let the audience be interested enough to want to imagine it in a certain story in case you don’t have it written anywhere.
P.S: When a character is fun, we can tell you had fun while creating it too.
So do just that and you’re all set!
Vickie Boschiero Junior Animation Art Director