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Design Character Concept Arts

Designing characters is a complex but fun activity! Unique characters are essential to any story, and can make your story, picture book, or animation stand out. Before you create, develop and plan out aesthetic concepts for your characters. Build the look that you want and make sketches to bring your characters to life!

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What Is Character Concept Art?

Character concept art is essential to any story. Unique characters are the most important part of any great story. Character concept artists create characters who appear in video games, animations, commercials, movies, or company branding, and more! A character designer creates an entire concept, style, and artwork from scratch. They will typically go through a complex character design process. It takes a lot of brainstorming and researching to create a character’s visual appearance, as well as match it to a compelling personality. Many designers may start with a briefing of the characters, then develop the visuals of the character through concept art.

How to Start a Character Design Project

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Create an Outline for the Character's Story

An outline can be created for your character’s backstory. This may include character development and origin story. Important questions to consider: What is the character’s personality? What colors does the character like? What hobbies do they have? What makes them special?

Build a Reference Library

Collect inspiration from your favorite resources, like Pinterest or Behance. For example, if you’re creating a cat superhero, you can look for pictures or observe cats to capture their expressions and in different moods. Combine with some superhero elements to build the look.

Develop Visual Appearances and Bring Your Ideas to Life

Develop a visual guide for the character with color schemes, wardrobe, and special elements. Create a drawing of the front, side, and back view of the character. Develop poses and expressions according to the character's moods and activities.

Create an Outline for the Character's Story

An outline can be created for your character’s backstory. This may include character development and origin story. Important questions to consider: What is the character’s personality? What colors does the character like? What hobbies do they have? What makes them special?

Build a Reference Library

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Collect inspiration from your favorite resources, like Pinterest or Behance. For example, if you’re creating a cat superhero, you can look for pictures or observe cats to capture their expressions and in different moods. Combine with some superhero elements to build the look.

Develop Visual Appearances and Bring Your Ideas to Life

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Develop a visual guide for the character with color schemes, wardrobe, and special elements. Create a drawing of the front, side, and back view of the character. Develop poses and expressions according to the character's moods and activities.

Build Your Character Design Portfolio

In the character design industry, a strong portfolio is essential for concept artists or character designers to land a good job and develop their career. NoteLedge is the perfect place to build a digital portfolio where you can organize your character design concept art projects, referencing materials, and award recognitions all in one place. Export your portfolio to PDF with rich multimedia content to showcase your works in your character concept art career.

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