By Tom Bancroft
You've researched your personality greatly, adapted her for your audience, sketched 1000s of types, and now you lean again content material as you stare upon your final character version sheet. But now what? Whether you must use her in an lively film, television express, game, net comedian, or kid's e-book, you are going to need to make her practice. How a personality seems to be and is costumed starts off to inform her tale, yet her physique language finds much more. Character Mentor shows you the way to pose your personality, create emotion via facial expressions, and degree your personality to create drama. writer Tom Bancroft addresses every one subject with transparent, concise prose, after which indicates you what he fairly skill via commenting on and redrawing paintings from a spread of student "apprentices." His assignments let you take part and convey your drawing to the subsequent point with concrete ideas, in addition to extra theoretical research. Character Mentor is an apprenticeship in a e-book.
Professional artists from quite a few media provide their event via extra statement. those comprise Marcus Hamilton (Dennis the Menace), Terry Dodson (X-Men), Bobby Rubio (Pixar), Sean "Cheeks" Galloway (Spiderman animated), and extra. With a foreword by means of comicbook artist Adam Hughes, who has produced paintings for DC, wonder Comics, Lucasfilm, Warner Bros. photos, and different companies.
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Extra resources for Character Mentor: Learn by Example to Use Expressions, Poses, and Staging to Bring Your Characters to Life
Look for those opportunities to show that by compressing or stretching the mask shape. The Mouth Here’s another analogy to illustrate the importance of the mouth in the facial expression hierarchy: if the face were a sentence, the eyes would be the noun, the eyebrows would be the verb, and the mouth would be the punctuation. Why? Because the mouth helps define the emotion behind the expression. Here is an experiment you can try on your own. Draw a face with just the eyes and eyebrows drawn in. Do about six of them, all with different eye expressions.
Not making them feel connected will weaken your expressions as well as make the eyebrows feel like they are floating on the face – not connected via skin and muscle underneath. A good way to make sure the two facial pieces relate is to lightly sketch in a Lone Ranger–style mask around the eyes. The mask will help you lock the eyebrows above the eyes and show them with proper perspective. Remember to draw the curve above the eyes with a feeling for the brow that comes out over the eyes; this approach will give you more feeling of depth.
To my second editor, David Bevans, who came in at the tough time of designing and editing the book and did a wonderful job. Also thanks to industry giants Matt Palmer and Cam Ford for their insights into my manuscript and helpful notes they gave me. And last, but not least, thank you to the talented up-and-coming artists of deviantART who put out a huge effort to complete my mentor assignments so that I could review them and make my own chicken scratches over them! For every drawing that I printed here, about a dozen more from other talented artists were not used!
Character Mentor: Learn by Example to Use Expressions, Poses, and Staging to Bring Your Characters to Life by Tom Bancroft