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!
Hi! My name's Melissa Lee, and I'm a designer and online art teacher living in the forests of Northern California. I majored in Studio Art in college, but graduated with a continued thirst for learning and improving my artistic skills, but couldn't justify the high price of further brick-and-mortar education. Instead, I discovered myriads of more affordable avenues of art education online, which eventually inspired me to start teaching myself, and I haven't looked back.
I'm currently in the process of becoming a full-time freelancer and art licenser, but in the meantime, I'm cultivating my love of sharing what I know, and encouraging others to nourish their creative side. I love patterns and character art and watercolor paintings. And also bees. Always bees.