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Silver Way: Knowing your character

July 9, 2018

Having completed the two 'Force' books, I thought it was time to start working through a new one, and this is one of my favourites - 'The Silver Way' by Stephen Silver.

 

 

It's a really thorough book on character design, and over the next posts I will be working my way through the chapters and the exercises.

 

Knowing your character:

 

Here are some questions to ask about your character...

 

1. What is the name of your character?

2.  Male/Female?

3.  Age?

4. What does the character look like?

5. Role or occupation?

6. Where does the character live?

7. What era does s/he live in?

8. Personality?

9. Attitude?

 

Ingredients that make or break a good design ?

 

Balance:

Distributing weight symmetrically or asymmetrically achieving a sense of stability that is pleasing to the eye.

 

Caricature:

Exaggerating, distorting de-emphasizing or emphasizing features of a person or thing.

 

Colour:

Designing the scheme and the mood of the work.

 

Construction:

Builds form and structure.

 

Contrast:

Opposing lines, angles and form.

 

Form:

Represents a shape or object with height width and depth.

 

Line:

Representing the directional movement of character and determining thickness and boldness ad cleanup approach.

 

Proportion:

Creating a proper relationship between parts.

 

Rhythm:

Develop a patten of movement and flow.

 

Shapes:

Using basic shapes as circles, squares, triangles and ovals.

 

Volume:

Depicts the thickness of the form.

 

Silhouette:

Creating clarity and reliability using positive and negative space.

 

Unity:

Creating elements of design that feel cohesive and united.

 

Variety:

Variety of sizes, shapes and elements.

 

Sharpening your observation skills:

 

 

 

Character Exercise:

 

There is a really cool app that you can buy for $3.99 that helps you come up with loads of crazy ideas for characters. It is called 'Character Design Shuffle'.

 

Click on the image below to purchase it:

 

 I've been having tons of fun with this app!

 

Character Exercise:

 

Here are some ideas:

 

1. Go to the Supermarket and look at designs of food on the shelf - see how it is displayed and what your eye is drawn too:

 

 

2. Have a look at the people in the store and start sketching all the different characters:

 

 

 3. Go to your favourite museum and find an image or sculpture that you love and ask yourself WHY you love it.

 

 

4. While at the museum of your choice, try sketching some of the sculptures - do it from as many angles as possible.

 

 

 

 

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