Schoolism Character Design: Assignment 1

“Always keep learning” is my motto. And because I’ve always desired to take courses to improve my craft, I recently signed up to take a character design course on Schoolism. Here’s my iterative process and final design for a character description I was assigned before progressing to Lesson 2.

Great Forest thumbnails

Thumbnails are integral to my design process. I like to explore the possibilities before I start. References play a huge role in my thumbnail explorations. I look at color, texture, values and composition in photo references and distill my thumbnails down to the basic essence of what I see.

2016 Portfolio book cover

Proposed front and back cover designs for my forthcoming portfolio book. Compiling one’s work at the end of each year into a printed book gives me a great deal of satisfaction. It’s a curated effort that allows me to look through, sort, and select the best images that represent my growth as an artist over the past year.

Forest Path

This illustration was mildly inspired by the classic “Wizard of Oz” movie.