i really like drawing monsters and weird characters, but it seems it takes me too much time to think of a decent, original enough character, that makes "sense"...
so i decided to come to the pros on this site and ask around for a good book on character creation. any ideas? im willing to buy something offline to be delivered or at a store. im willing to try videos too. but i think a nice book would do me better.
so what do you all tihnk? movie or book is better? and any ideas of where i can get a good one?
I think character design is just trial and error if you want to create some thing unique a book wouldn't help you do that,
personally if i draw a blank when trying to create a human character from my imagination I use photos of real people I have a fair idea of what the character will look like, what their personality is, so I have some details built up then I look for references that match the character I will tweak or change things accordingly. I find building on reality the best way to do it. Once You have enough references you can draw directly from your imagination.
I would suggest www.3d.sk there are a large no of photos of people all ages races etc,
I really liked this book: Creating Characters with Personality by Tom Bancroft. He was a character artist at Disney and worked on Mulan, among other movies. He talks about the two different kind of character designers (Blue Sky Designers and Character Polishers), Pushing the design until it breaks, how to break down your character to do a turn around.
Start doing the COW and CHOW - ithey're free and priceless at the same time, and serve as great practice for creature and character design. lots to learn from those sections, even for seasoned veterans.
I have a great book called Exploring Character Design by Kevin Hedgpeth & Stephen Missal. These guys are a couple of professors at an art school and wrote this book as a sort of survey text on character design. It is something that could be used in a class (if I ever teach, I know I would use it). It has assignments at the end of each chapter.
The whole thing is theory so don't look to it for technique but here are the chapters.
1-What is Character Design?
3-Characters: Archetypes, Life Forms and Worlds
4-Character Concept and Construction
5-Synthesis: Two and Two Makes Five
7-Expression and Emotion or Vice Versa
9-Come On and Do the Locomotion with Me!
10-The Resources That Time Forgot
11-Not of this Earth: Alien Designs
12-The Power of Design Technique: Final Thoughts, Demonstrations and Illustrations.
The book has student work all throughout as well as the authors' work. Well a good read.
kool. i looked into all of the books suggested and i think im gunna get manga matrix. and maybe another one. any of you heard of "anatomy for fantasy artists"? by glenn fabry. i just bought it. it looks pretty good but i havent started it yet.