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Creating Compelling Characters for Comics, Graphic Novels & Illustrated Narratives

Creating Compelling Characters for Comics, Graphic Novels & Illustrated Narratives

Have you wanted to learn how to create compelling characters for your comics, graphic novels or illustrated narratives? What makes a character convincing or captivating? How do you provide an obvious first impression with a still artwork character?

This masterclass is for you if you have wanted to tell a story visually with convincing characters. Providing a thorough grounding in character theory and construction and then using DAZ Studio for showing methods on how to create more identifiable characters, Peter von Stacklelberg and Esther Mann will teach you about:

Body types
Basic Face Shapes
Character relationship maps
DAZ Studio Deformer tool
Adding scars and cuts to a character
Factors that shape a story!
Setting First Impressions
Our understanding of the characters is shaped by the actions they take
Elements to understanding a character
Key Properties of Characters
The Characters Populating Your Storyworld
Major, Minor and Placeholder Characters
Character Archetypes
Avoiding Clichés and Stereotypes
Raising the Emotional Stakes
Why is it important that characters be distinctive?
What makes a character distinctive looking?
What keeps characters from looking distinctive?
Purposeful Resemblances
Challenges In Distinctive Features
How characters are typically differentiated
Ways to test your cast’s distinctiveness
Character relationship maps
Character arcs
Face and body types
Morph dialling faces with G8
Morph dialling bodies with G8
Recommended resources
Photoshop skin brushes
Scars, cuts and scabs – we’ll show you how to apply these
Ageing characters.

Tutorial Videos

Session 1: 1 hour and 46 minutes

Session 2: 2 hours and 5 minutes

Class Materials included

PDF reference documents


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