Pro-Tip #4 Gestural Sketch

To help aspiring animation artists who are designing characters for the APW Character Design Contest, we asked animation professionals – former APW students and friends of APW working in the animation biz to add their character design pointers in the Pro-Tips series.  Pro-Tip #4 comes from APW grad, Hong Kong based comic artist Justice Wong.  Justice illustrated the Hong Kong release of Marvel’s iconic Iron Man comic.

“Gestural Sketch”

I use these three steps when I design a character:

  1.  Draw a loose gestural sketch using flowing curved lines.
  2. Continuing to draw very loosely, I develop curved forms from the gesture – allowing the shapes to grow organically.  These new shapes suggest the forms that make up a rough idea for my character.  The loose gestural curves give me flexibility in this stage.
  3.  Using contours and outlines, solidify the forms of the character into a finished design.
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