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Traditional Art and Sketching

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  • Character Design Quarterly issue 17

    Inside this action-packed issue, we bring you a step-by-step tutorial from the talented Shannon Hallstein, who creates a cast of Las Vegas themed characters, plus a project by Mitch Leeuwe, who takes a simple brief and designs a fascinating underwater sea witch and scary sidekick. Elsewhere, we interview the founders of MUTI, a studio of illustrators and designers based in South Africa, and showcase their contemporary artwork. We also catch up with Annie Award winner Amanda Jolly about her impressive career in character design, working for clients from Sony to WAG, to Disney and now Netflix Animation. Get stuck in and be inspired by all this, and much more inside!
    Incl. Tax: £11.00

  • Character Design Collection: Heroines

    Delve into the popular and competitive world of heroine design as 50 of the world’s finest character artists from the fields of animation, illustration, comics, and games share a behind-the-scenes look at their stunning sketchbook pages. A range of styles and genres are explored, including classic comic book superheroines and magical princesses, plus historical, fantasy, and sci-fi heroines from across time and space. From concept sketches and initial thumbnails, to emotions and expressions, outfit variations, and an engaging chosen design, artists share their previously unseen explorations alongside expert advice for crafting compelling heroine designs. Further pages explore action and pose – a library of dynamic sketches with invaluable basic-shape overlays, offering a revealing collection of each artist’s ideas and experiments.
    Incl. Tax: £24.99

  • Character Design Quarterly issue 16

    This vibrant issue features a wealth of extraordinary talent, and kicking things off is the dreamy cover created by digital illustrator and visual development artist Devin Elle Kurtz. Inside, she talks to us about her breakthrough into the animation industry, then provides an in-depth tutorial revealing how she creates her stunning, mood-filled artwork. We also take a step into the world of gaming with character art director Chris Palamara, who takes us through the unique challenges and opportunities of creating characters for videogames, and we speak to the founder and director of Taiko Studios about the joy of bringing international cultures together in their work. Open the cover to discover all this and much more in the magical world of character design.
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  • How to Be a Children’s Book Illustrator - SAMPLE (Download Only)

    Please enjoy this downloadable segment from How to Be a Children's Book Illustrator, where illustrator Ruth Hammond covers the topics of considering your audience and illustrating an ongoing narrative. Plus, inside you can find a code to receive four free reference cards when you order How to Be a Children's Book Illustrator from our shop.
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  • Character Design Quarterly issue 15

    Issue 15 is unashamedly packed with romance, magic, and fantasy. You’ll discover an incredible cast of characters, each with their own striking story, direct from the imaginations of world-renowned professional artists. First we speak to Bobby Chiu, who created our enchanting cover, about the studio and online art school he founded with the talented Kei Acedera. Next, dive into comprehensive tutorials from talented creators, featuring personal advice as well as top technical tips. We also speak to Rayner Alencar of Miralumo and Oona Holtane of Netflix Animation Studios, about their work and thoughts on the animation industry, and share some of their inspiring artwork. All this, plus some bonus features with yet more invaluable insights into character design technique, makes for another jam-packed issue.
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  • How to Be a Children’s Book Illustrator

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    Discover how top children’s illustrators portray characters, narratives, and themes through the art of visual storytelling in this uniquely practical and inspirational handbook. Indispensable techniques are revealed alongside captivating illustrated examples, while in-depth sample stories show how the professionals approach their work. There are even tips for artists who want to write the story too!
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  • Masters of Sketching: Jim Pavelec & Bobby Rebholz (Download Only)

    Please enjoy this downloadable segment from our popular Masters of Sketching book, featuring artists Jim Pavelec and Bobby Rebholz. Sketching is a versatile medium used by artists of all backgrounds and disciplines, from the old Renaissance Masters to modern concept artists today. Learning from other artists is one of the best things you can do to improve your own technique, and through fascinating and unique step-by-step breakdowns, these master sketchers share how they approach and think about their sketching process.
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  • Character Design Quarterly issue 14

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    On the pages of issue 14, discover a collection of fascinating artwork, interviews, and tutorials from some of the industry’s finest international artists. Delve into an enlightening interview with award-winning artist Izzy Burton, as she talks about her passion for storytelling, then explains the inspiration and technical approach that led her to this issue’s absorbing cover. Then, unearth invaluable advice from Tim Probert, Art Director at Nathan Love Studio in New York, as he offers guidance on juggling personal and commercial projects. In-depth tutorials from highly respected artists including Toshiki Nakamura and Justin Rodrigues are presented with flair and interest, to help artists of all levels improve and discover new design techniques. Cute creatures, mythological beasts, and hilarious human characters leap from the pages to offer precious inspiration.
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  • Masters of Sketching: Abigail Larson & Christina Mrozik (Download Only)

    Please enjoy this downloadable segment from our popular Masters of Sketching book, featuring illustrators Abigail Larson and Christina Mrozik. Sketching is a versatile medium used by artists of all backgrounds and disciplines, from the old Renaissance Masters to modern concept artists today. Learning from other artists is one of the best things you can do to improve your own technique, and through fascinating and unique step-by-step breakdowns, these master sketchers share how they approach and think about their sketching process.
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  • Masters of Sketching: Patrick Ballesteros & Paride Bertolin (Download Only)

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    Please enjoy this downloadable segment from our popular Masters of Sketching book, featuring concept illustrator Patrick Ballesteros and character designer Paride Bertolin. Sketching is a versatile medium used by artists of all backgrounds and disciplines, from the old Renaissance Masters to modern concept artists today. Learning from other artists is one of the best things you can do to improve your own technique, and through fascinating and unique step-by-step breakdowns, these master sketchers share how they approach and think about their sketching process.
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  • FREE CHAPTER - Creating Stylized Characters

    Free downloadable sample chapter from Creating Stylized Characters. In this chapter, illustrator Max Grecke creates a high-ranking alien villain equipped with a protective armored suit.
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  • Character Design Quarterly issue 13

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    This issue’s selection of industry specialists paints a vivid world filled with colorful characters, emotive anthropomorphic cats, and horror icons as never seen before. A diverse range of artists showcase how to utilize light and color, interpret unusual design briefs, and develop unique backstories to enhance character concepts. Follow artistic instincts with surrealist illustrator Moon and pick up the unique “fast and loose” or “referenced and studied” creative processes of featured artists Megan Rose Ruiz, Vanessa Morales, and Dom Murphy. Freelance author and illustrator Andrew Kolb also takes the time to share his creative story and charming illustrations, and Seed Animation studio offer invaluable industry insights.
    Incl. Tax: £11.00

  • Character Design Quarterly issue 12

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    Crafted by a selection of the industry’s best and brightest; adorable creatures, kooky aliens, and an array of more personable characters bound from the inside of issue 12. Devised for a range of audiences, the designers outline how best to understand your viewer, reveal some of their favorite techniques built for speed and efficiency, and impart the importance of harnessing your unique take on a client’s brief. Absorb invaluable advice from professional visual development artist, Simon Baek (Toy Story 4, Onward), and the motivational and deeply inspiring words of whimsical illustrator, Sara Kajba of Moonchild Illustrations. Sit back and revel in the fascinating technical approaches of cover artist Sarah Conradsen, the mastermind behind this issue’s shady gang of mercriminals; Tom van Rheenen, and 2D designer for Atomic Cartoons, Lara Carson.
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  • Character Design Quarterly issue 11

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    Bursting from the pages of issue 11 are dynamic tutorials, in-depth interviews, and expressive characters from a selection of the industry’s most talented creators. Delve into dynamic demonstrations by Jake W Morrison, Amanda McFarlane, and Vanessa Morales, as they create characters with a life of their own; and uncover the tools and techniques used by Sam Nassour to develop his captivating cover art. For a little lighter reading, check out the informative mini features to pick up top tips on how to effectively indicate scale, as well as how to approach alternative color palettes, and imbue characters with emotion. And lastly, relish a jam-packed gallery of engaging artwork by Roma Gewska, Madison Harper, and Leonard Furuberg.
    Incl. Tax: £11.00

  • Character Design Quarterly issue 10

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    Within the pages of issue 10, discover an array of enthralling artwork, interviews, and tutorials from some of the industry’s best international artists. Learn how to redesign classic characters in an in-depth tutorial by Ioana Sopov as she demonstrates how to update the evil queen character trope. And if you’re looking to create a journal of ideas for future projects, Jose Ciceraro shares tools, techniques, and mindsets for keeping a sketchbook. For aspirational experience, advice, and masterful artwork, read interviews with skillful concept artist, Haimeng Cao and whimsical designer and illustrator, Kelsey Buzzell. Plus, catch critically acclaimed artist and illustrator, Tom Booth, talking about his varied career and enchanting cover art.
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