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
What You'll Make
An adorable character to use in a placement print or repeating pattern!
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!