The contrast of shape form or proportion is a great way to balance shapes and make your character interesting. Pointy noses pointy shoulders fingers shoes these can be seen in designs like zigzag from richard williams thief and the cobbler 1993.
The designs can be inspired by the shapes as in the aladdin characters above.
Basic shapes character design. Characters meant to appeal to small children for instance often have bright colors and are designed around the use of basic shapes. There are four basic shapes of heads i ve encountered in my long time of being a head expert. At the beginning of your character design process decide on who your character is trying to appeal to.
Geometric shapes are more precise they re the basic shapes such as squares rectangles circles triangles and crosses and so on. Rectangle and for all you anal andrew annes out there a square is a rectangle because all a rectangle entails is that its a quadrilateral four sides with four right angles eat your heart out shape police. They also look symmetrical and have sharp edges and angles in.
Conveying character s personality with a square. Coyote has a large long snout narrow shoulders thin legs and big feet and hands. Triangle cunning dynamic competent downward pointing more aggressive shapes can also be combined for more complex characters.
Triangles are pointy and sinister. If i follow my intuition each shape conveys a personality. You can often see in the physical appearance of strong and masculine characters and warrior square or rectangular shapes.
They are as follows. Round charismatic harmless endearing. These will usually only be starting points not final character designs.
You can design in any style. The character need not be human. Round box and triangle.
Box reliable uniform traditional. For example wile e. The square shape is often found in nature as solid shape of rocks mountains and it is usually perceived as something stable and heavy.
There are three basic shapes in my toolbox. Every day we share the finest artworks collect the best tutorials and showcase the greatest animated shorts with an international community of over 500 000 artists art enthusiasts and animation fans. Character design references cdr is a webzine dedicated to the art of animation video games comics and illustration and it s the largest community of character designers on the internet.
Keep things loose early on and simply focus on the feel of the shape and character. Triangles are the last most common shape in character design.