Character design

There is, of course, some element of character design involved in any figurative illustration. For characters that will be used multiple times, from different angles and in different situations however, special attention needs to be paid to aspects such as recognisability, consistency, distinctness, etc. I’ve had lots of experience of this sort of thing.

 

BilliStryng

 

BinocularGirl

BoomBoxer

MFP2e_Characters

Sample vector-style character designs for ELT educational title. My line-drawing & colour style was eventually chosen for this project as these samples were considered too different in appearance to the illustrations I’d done for earlier books in the series.

 

PigfootButcher

New!Improved!

DogEatRobot_for_Contact30

Cover Image for Dog Eat Robot magazine. Originally produced in black & white – this version done as a personal piece.

VarCharacters

JustTheTicket_Poster

Poster for HIT Productions Australian tour of Peter Quilter’s ‘Just The Ticket’.

 

Penny-FarthingPig

HappyFamilies_characters

Early version of characters designed for family card game packaging. We subsequently went down a different route entirely with this project but I still quite like these unused drawings.

 

AllSperm

Anthropomorphised sperm (!), for an article on male infidelity in Handbook Magazine.

 

Sunbather

Basic CMYK

Bricons; characters based on well-known Brighton landmarks for set of postcards.

 

Coconut

Simple coconut character. That was pretty much the brief, if I remember correctly. It never went anywhere.

 

CartoonBirdComedy bird character. These are two of many situations this character was depicted in as part of an educational book project and demonstrate the recognisability/consistency point made earlier.

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