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Shape Based Character Design in Photoshop
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Released Jan 1, 2013
Kurt Jones

Guest Tutor

Kurt Jones
In this series of lessons we will focus on how we can draw simple shapes to establish a strong and effective character design.

We'll begin this process by learning how we can use different types of shapes to block in an overall structure for our character's pose. We will discuss how choosing the appropriate types of shapes are important depending on the type of character you are going for. From there, we'll sketch the character's form over our shapes followed by applying additional facial and body details and learn how they can be applied based on the shapes that make up our character.

As we'll see using shapes to block out different aspects of a character design can prove incredibly useful. After watching this course, you'll be able to use this shape based approach successfully on your own character designs.
Introduction and project overview
1

Introduction and project overview

 
00:58
Blocking in our pose using simple shapes
2

Blocking in our pose using simple shapes

 
09:41
Sketching form over our shapes
3

Sketching form over our shapes

 
07:54
Sketching the facial features
4

Sketching the facial features

 
10:20
Sketching details for the rest of the pose
5

Sketching details for the rest of the pose

 
11:14
Blocking out a new pose for our character using shapes
6

Blocking out a new pose for our character using shapes

 
08:07
Sketching form over the shapes of our new pose
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Sketching form over the shapes of our new pose

 
07:33
Sketching the features for our new pose
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Sketching the features for our new pose

 
11:10
Breaking down a new shape based character design
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Breaking down a new shape based character design

 
03:45