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  • Character Design Collection: Heroines - PRE-ORDER!

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Sketching from the Imagination: Anime & Manga

    This jam-packed installment in the popular Sketching from the Imagination series explores the work of anime and manga artists from around the world, celebrating 50 talented creators with a passion for these vibrant cornerstones of Japanese pop culture. Discover rarely seen sketches, drafts, and works-in-progress by hand-picked traditional and digital artists from creative industries around the globe. From kawaii characters to futuristic robots, from magical knights to dystopian cyberpunks, this captivating volume gathers hundreds of inspiring images that will delight any enthusiast of anime and manga.
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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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  • Fundamentals of Creature Design

    Fundamentals of Creature Design: How to create successful concepts using functionality, anatomy, color, shape & scale Every monster, alien, and fantasy beast seen on screen and in games emerges from the imaginations of talented concept artists. This book unlocks that world to reveal the must-have skills behind creating compelling creatures. From applying knowledge of anatomy and evolution, to establishing clever workflows, everything you need is in this comprehensive creature-design toolkit.
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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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  • Sketch Workshop: Cityscapes (Downloadable Edition)

    Sketch Workshop: Cityscapes is a ready-to-go workbook containing step-by-step projects by top artists and illustrators Dmitry Sorokin, Wojciech Ostrycharz and Marisa Lewis. Inside, you’ll find pro tips and tricks for improving your drawing techniques, plus references and templates to help you hone your craft.
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  • Sketch Workshop: Creatures (Downloadable Edition)

    Sketch Workshop: Creatures is a ready-to-go workbook containing step-by-step projects by top artists and illustrators Abigail Larson, Kurt Papstein, Mike Corriero and Jeff Miracola. Inside, you’ll find pro tips and tricks for improving your drawing techniques, plus references and templates to help you hone your craft.
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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.
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  • 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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  • Beginner's Guide to Fantasy Drawing

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    Delve into the enchanting world of dragons, wizards, and warriors with this dynamic introduction to creating fantasy concepts. Learn how experienced artists craft magical characters and mythical creatures with easy-to-follow step-by-step guides, insightful tips, and art theory made simple.
    Incl. Tax: $20.57

  • Sketching from the Imagination: Creatures & Monsters

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    Explore this volume in the popular Sketching from the Imagination series, dedicated to the fascinating field of creature design. Fictional beasts are an endless source of fuel for entertainment and the imagination, whether in epic myths and classic literature, or horror movies and fantasy games. From pencil sketches of aliens and dinosaurs, to digital doodles of dragons and mermaids, this book gathers together the work of 50 artists whose creations are sure to inspire and delight.
    Incl. Tax: $27.43

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