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  • 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.
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  • Anatomy for Artists - SAMPLE (Download Only)

    Please enjoy this free sample of Anatomy for Artists, an extensive visual reference guide to the human form for artists of all abilities and mediums. Containing stunning photography and comprehensive illustrations showing the muscular structure of varying shapes, Anatomy for Artists is a unique book that will quickly become an indispensable addition to your library now and for years to come.
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  • 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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  • Anatomy for Artists

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    Anatomy for Artists: A visual guide to the human form Anatomy for Artists presents an extensive visual reference guide to the human form for artists of all abilities and mediums. Over 240 specially commissioned photographs capture every detail, from muscle definition and bony landmarks to a valuable catalogue of postures and poses. Every photograph is overlaid with musculature, planar, and contour diagrams drawn by figurative fine artist and illustrator Charlie Pickard to deepen your comprehension. The illuminating introduction by expert and teacher Jahirul Amin results in a thorough understanding of the subject and how it relates to your work. Detailed diagrams reveal the inner workings of the joints and muscles, and how their shape and movement affect what you see on the surface, and ultimately in your art.
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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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  • Fundamentals of Character Design

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    Fundamentals of Character Design: How to create engaging characters for illustration, animation & visual development Why do the characters in our favorite books, animations, and games stay with us long after the final scene? The heroic protagonist, evil villain, comedic sidekick - even the supporting cast – have been crafted by clever character designers with incredible skills at their fingertips. This comprehensive character-design toolkit, written by industry professionals, includes everything you need to design successful and compelling characters.
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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.
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  • 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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