Character Design Crash Course: Characters for Surface Pattern Design

——   Created by Melissa Lee

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Course
6
Lessons
39m
Lesson time
intermediate
Skill level

More about this course

Welcome to Character Design Crash Course, a series of illustration classes meant for beginning cartoonists or intermediate character artists looking for a refresher. In this class, I cover things to consider when designing characters specifically for surface patterns. I demonstrate how simple changes can alter the expression and feel of a character, and I share my tips for creating successful characters for both repeat patterns and placement prints that can be applied to a variety of different products in a variety of different markets. I also demonstrate my personal process for creating a repeat pattern tile in Adobe Photoshop.

What You'll Learn

  • How to Create Successful Characters for SPD: I talk about certain things to keep in mind when designing characters for repeating patterns, as well as go over what makes a design more appealing to the children's market and/or adult markets.
  • Experiment with Expression: How small changes in expression can alter the look and feel of a character, even with the most simplistic of styles.
  • Building a Pattern: My entire process for creating a repeat tile in Adobe Photoshop out of watercolor painted characters!

What You'll Make

An adorable character to use in a placement print or repeating pattern!

The course project

Your assignment is to create a cute animal character suitable for the children’s market. It’s up to you whether you want to use it in a placement print or technical repeat.

Your project should include your fully illustrated character, as well as your rough brainstorming sketches. I'd love to see your process! 

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6 Lessons

0:01:31
Introduction
0:04:48
Designing Characters for Surface Patterns
0:06:34
Expression
0:06:25
Body
0:18:57
Creating a Repeat Tile in Photoshop
0:00:50
Closing Thoughts
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Class benefits

  • Certificate of Completion
  • 30 day satisfaction guarantee
  • 24/7 streaming access
  • Project included
  • Direct teacher access
  • 39m of on-demand video
  • 3 downloadable files
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About the instructor

Hi! My name's Melissa Lee, and I'm an illustrator and surface designer living in the hilly forests of Northern California. Alongside doing freelance and art licensing work, I've spent much of my time cultivating my love of sharing what I know and encouraging others to nourish their creative side through …

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