How to create the look for your character pt 2

28/01/2009 at 5:40 am 3 comments

In part 2 of how to create the look for your character, we look at colours.

I’ll create a short Photoshop colouring tutorial soon, but for now let’s assume you know some method of colouring (even if its crayons or markers the same rules apply). Firstly we choose our colours and we colour his skin, hair and clothes with a base colour.

Chose your colour wisely. Colour often gives your character more of a personality.

Dark colours for a bad guy, light colours for good guys and neutral colours for guys like our gnome here. He could be good or bad. But with these colours he’s not completely unapproachable.

Now you need to figure out where you want the light source to come from. This can be the sun a candle, a light a torch, a fire, pretty much anything that gives off light.

Coloured in goblin

Coloured in goblin

I decided that the light would be coming from the top right side.

Next you pick a darker version of the base colour and shade him where the shadows would fall. This creates much more depth and dimension to the character.

Next week we will look at how to put him into some scenes and show movement and body language.


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Valash  |  28/01/2009 at 8:25 am

    Great tips. Especially the origin of light.

  • 2. Mike Q.  |  28/01/2009 at 2:25 pm

    interesting! did you draw this yourself? what software are you using. or do you use html?

    • 3. papermovies  |  29/01/2009 at 5:07 am

      Hi Mike

      The images are all real and done by us as originals for demonstartion on the blog. This particular one was done by our in house artist Roland. He uses photoshop to do most of his work, but does use freehand for some stuff.

      I am not sure how you would use html to do images, is there a way???



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