THE SECRET TO CHARACTER DESIGNWHAT IS THE SECRET OF TURNING AN ESTABLISHED CHARACTER INTO YOUR OWN, ORIGINAL CHARACTER?THE SECRET TO CHARACTER DESIGN by Christopher-Hart
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This is a good question which I get all the time from my readers. After learning the techniques, they want to create their own characters, but are worried about infringing on a copyright. Here is the key:
There are two ways of creating a new character from one you are copying from a how-to-draw book. A combination of the two methods works really well. Unfortunately, most people only use method #1, and therefore, they don't really achieve a unique character. I'll explain both methods:
Method #1: Adding, Subtracting & Altering.
This method is simple. If an established character has a beard, leave it off. Change a hairstyle. Give her glasses, or conversely, if the character already wears glasses, take them off. Change her expression. Give him a theme for his clothes, e.g., retro 60s style. This is all great stuff -- it will give your character a specific look. But the underlyin