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Creating Characters, Where to Start? by ConceptCookie Creating Characters, Where to Start? by ConceptCookie
The second most requested tutorial series is now live on "Creating Characters, Where to Start?" Check it out here: cgcookie.com/concept/cgc-cours…

Technical Aspects - These are the fundamentals that you need to practice, over and over again to build your skills as an artist.
    - Anatomy - Having a solid understanding of anatomy will create more believable and accurate characters. Practice using references or take a life drawing class. 
    - Proportions - These have countless tips on how to remember accurate proportions. Look them up like, "The head is five eyes wide" etc.
    - Posing - Having a combo knowledge of anatomy and proportions will give you the freedom to pose your characters. Work with gestures first. 
    - Angling - This is the placement of the "camera" or the set point from where you are viewing the character. 
Aesthetic Aspects:
    - Strong Silhouettes - imply shape and form. Easy to recognize. Unique, bold silhouettes are usually the strongest composition. 
    - Shapes and Poses - Helps distinguish features and creates interesting compositions.
    - Color Balance - Choose colors that ADD to the character. People associate colors with different aspects, so be mindful of that. 
    - Creating an "S" -  This creates a visual flow to your piece and creates a more interesting composition. 
Character Aspects:
    - Who are they? - More than just what color is their hair. Ask questions like how were they raised, what is their favorite memory, etc. Things that add to the character that aren't just aesthetic. 
    - Role/Occupation - defines motivations and goals, usually sets the first impression. 
    - Dynamics - actions based on intentions, most simply: scale from evil to pure. 
    - Building Interest - add an element that adds interest to the character and wants the viewer wanting to know what that mysterious element is. 
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CitroenGeel Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015  Student Artist
this is all i needed to learn thanks!
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HitlerKiller66 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Student Digital Artist
This is really coll.
It will help me because soon I will do my OC's characteristics! :D
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meperson94 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015
Very useful. Thanks.
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Darkgreendracon Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013
Your entire deviantArt gallery ceases to amaze me. These are so very helpful and I am sharing with others to help build characters for comics and books. I wanted to personally say Thank you for all of the posts you have made to help others. It really makes a big  difference  when people know where to start. Llama Emoji-23 (Shyness) [V1] 
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ConceptCookie Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Glad to hear, thanks for spreading the resources, I hope they are proving helpful =D
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KiraXP Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013
thank you so much great help :happybounce: 
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Art-an Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
good advice
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and-reese Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome little guide, and +1 for referencing FF7 =D
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ConceptCookie Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
=D
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TommyhHappy Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
is that the guy who drawnig and then his dad must guess what he drawing?
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IllusionDrive Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is this based on BC Backer?
BTW awsome I am totally gonna use this!!
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:iconconceptcookie:
ConceptCookie Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You bet it is, Baker is sorta like CG Cookie's mascot so all the sub sites use him for different resources and tutorials!
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Flife Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist
Really cool, thanks!
:hug:
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DivenlyExquisite Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
This is very helpful !
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animatic01 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
Very helpful! Thank you! : D
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poloisindahouse Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Student General Artist
yey
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Pinkster7 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I am using these principles!
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Emperorsteele Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice FF7 characters there =P
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:iconconceptcookie:
ConceptCookie Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
They're pretty great!
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9cynthia Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
good.
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NinjaaBaker105 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This. This right here is golden.
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Cazzi22 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Quite literally :D
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:iconspihon:
Spihon Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Student Artist
This is going to help
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FenrixIX Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
How do I view the tutorial?
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:iconconceptcookie:
ConceptCookie Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Check the link in the description!
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FenrixIX Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013
Sweet, thanks. ;)
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AzureKate Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
its so cute!
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CarolinadeMoraes Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you helped me a lot!!!
=D Thanks
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Sparkling-Cupcake Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I giggled at the Role/Occupation bit x3 
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:iconconceptcookie:
ConceptCookie Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
=D
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Kosjitov Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
A handy little reminder/cheat sheet! :D thanks for posting! 
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BlackOliveRootBeer Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Student General Artist
I think this is really cool. Now I know how to start.
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historianGirl Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Interesting things to know about when we create a caracter.
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Greyest-Wolf Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
A lot of these things I need to learn! :D
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CYDNEIGHHH Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Student General Artist
For creating an "S Flow", would be considered "Line of Action"?
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ConceptCookie Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
exactly!
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Hyenawitch15 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013
This will help me out. Thank you so much
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thejaguar9 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I cant wait for this! I hope this helps me out : )
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