Stylizing Human Characters
How do you go from a reference photo to a stylized character ready for their debut? Learn how to design appealing and engaging characters with pro illustrator Jake Parker.
Your favorite characters are your favorites because their creators used the perfect blend of "figurative," "symbolic," and "abstract" elements to stylize them. In this course, artist and teacher Jake Parker introduces the "style wheel" to students and uses it to deconstruct some popular characters.
The shapes and proportions used to create characters are evaluated and Jake explains how these aspects have a huge visual and psychological impact on the personality of a stylized character.
In addition to deconstructing dozens of different characters, you'll also watch Jake create a stylized illustration of his son Calvin bringing everything together in the final video.
NOTE: This class is in our fundamentals series and therefore covers beginning level concepts and ideas.
How the Style Wheel is a great tool to understand three primary elements to character stylization
How shape and proportion are fundamental building blocks of character construction and how they contribute to a characters personality
How to blend figurative, abstract and symbolic approaches to create stylized body parts and human characters.
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Introduction to the Style Wheel
Style Wheel Application
Style Wheel Examples
Specific Body Parts
Drawing from Life - Demonstration
Full Course PDF + Assignments
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