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.