Understanding 3D Character Design
- DECIDE THE CHARACTER
- RESEARCH OTHER DESIGN
- MAKE CHARACTER DISTINCTIVE
- USE LINE QUALITIES AND STYLES
- USE EXAGGERATED CHARACTERISTICS
- CHOOSE COLOR TO REFLECT THEIR PERSONALITY
- ADD ACCESSORIES
- KEEP THEM SIMPLE
3D Character design is one of challenging role .Though many classic character that are known to us through cartoons ,movies looks quite simple but there are many man hours have gone in their development. It’s something related to original art made by artist for a purpose to be used in comic books, comic strips, video games, children games, web animation.
Before designing any 3D character make clear in mind about its target .To whom character design is aimed at .For eg:-In children’s its always advisable for having bright attractive and basic shapes in their 3D character design .Another example: while designing if eye is needed to be kept as focus then whole 3D design should be made around the face, so that the key feature stands out.
02 DECIDE WHERE IT WILL APPEAR
In designing any character its always important to decide where it will be seen and in what medium as that will impact your whole character design .For E.g.- While 3D designing an computer model ,it’s irrelevant to draw its lots of intricate details and features like keypad numbering.
Research materials play a major role in designing any character as there are plenty of materials available everywhere like on Shop signs, animations on mobile, TV commercials, and stickers on packets.
Your character should stand out in the crowd unlike others having similar creations. Character should be strong and bright in order to get people attention. As viewers keep on surfing through different mediums in order to get attracted to the most interestingly different character in their visual sense.
The drawn lines of your character describes on its own like thick and round lines appears as cute character while those with sharp and uneven lines suggest a erratic character.
Exaggeration is fundamental in cartoon representations and helps emphasize certain personality traits. Personalise your characters’ body shape according to their personality and their main trait.If your character is mostly nimble, then it should be small and slim. If they’re exceptionally strong, then make them look more like heavy-set characters.
Colors can help relate character’s personality. Traditionally, black and dark colors are associated with villains or evil characters, while light colors are associated with the decent and simple characters. Strong colors like reds, yellows and blues are traditionally used for gallant characters in comics.
Props and clothing can help to emphasise character traits and their background. For example, one should definitely include accessories that are explanatory for your characters’ main features and their background. For eg :- Use diamonds and gold to reflect that a character is rich.
Always make sure that 3D designer should be able to draw designs again and again whenever needed, as drawings are seen from various angles and different postures. That’s why elaborate patterns on clothing should be avoided. Keep it simple and attractive while drawing.