LIVESTREAM: Character Design Basics for Comic Artists

Are you an aspiring comic artist struggling with basic character design? Do you even know what the basics ARE?

Well, strap in and join me on this live stream! I’ll walk you through what I’ve learned in 8+ years of drawing comics. Plus, I’ll show you some of my favorite character designs in media.

“But I don’t have time to watch an entire archived live stream!” Well, I DO encourage you to set the time aside to watch this. But here are some important bullet points to keep in mind:

  • The Silhouette Test – this is a tried and true method, and is even used by Disney’s animation team. Basically, does the silhouette of your character stand out in a lineup?
  • Symbols – what symbology is present in your world? How does that affect the character? Do they wear colors or symbols that resonate with them?
  • Contrast – If you’re designing multiple characters, how can you make them stand out from each other? Can you have different or complimentary colors to each character? What if one character styles their hair up, but the other lays it down? etc.
  • Similarity – If you’re designing a team, how can you indicate that – but still have them stand apart from each other? What elements do they have in common? WHY are they in common?
  • Simplify – when you draw comics, keep the design SIMPLE. You will be drawing these characters repeatedly. Don’t make it complicated or you will hate yourself.
  • And finally… Be Open-Minded and Be Curious!

I hope this helps you on your creative journey. Thank you for watching and reading!

You. Are. Awesome.

LIVESTREAM: Character Art Stream

Join me in this archived live stream as I draw character art for a new project. In this art stream, I’m drawing for The Character Compendium.

The Character Compendium is a new personal project of mine. It will compile as many character designs as I can fit into one book. With this book, I aim to simplify life for game masters and dungeon masters. Just open the book to any page, take a character, and BOOM! Instant NPC for the players to interact with.

Heck, any of these characters could also be a good jumping-off point for players to make their own characters.

This is a similar concept if you’re familiar with some of my previous Inktober sketchbooks, like Gods & Spirits or Witches. (Both books are available through my Ko-Fi shop, by the way.)

As this project grows, I want to add more content specific to role-playing games for each character. Specifically, I want to add basic stat blocks. All in due time, though!

I hope you enjoy this live stream. Thank you for watching and reading!

You. Are. Awesome.

LESS THAN SECRET: A Livestream with Comic Creator JD Laclede

Today, April 28 at 5 pm EDT, JD Laclede from Less Than Secret: A Cryptid Comic Anthology is joining me on this livestream!

Less Than Secret: A Cryptid Anthology collects 7 short comic stories about the creatures that go bump in the night. The Mothman, the Jersey Devil, the Fresno Nightcrawler, and more are all featured in this black-and-white comic anthology.

JD is not only the editor and cover artist for the anthology – he’s also an old buddy of mine. So I’m really looking forward to this chat!

Back the campaign, and you can get the book, custom commissions, prints, and more.

Check out the campaign, back it if you can, and spread the word. Be sure to use the hashtag #lessthansecret!

You don’t have long – the KickStarter ends MAY 3 (MONDAY)! And we still have commissions and curiosity cabinets available.

Find out more about JD by checking out his site, Ask the Werewolves.

Can’t watch this live? No problem! After it premiers, the video will be archived on this site.

Thank you so much for watching.

You. Are. Awesome.

LESS THAN SECRET: A Livestream with Comic Creator Angela Boyle

Today at 1 pm EDT, Angela Boyle from Less Than Secret: A Cryptid Comic Anthology is joining me on this livestream!

Why? We’re talking about our KickStarter campaign to get funding for the book!

Less Than Secret: A Cryptid Anthology collects 7 short comic stories about the creatures that go bump in the wild. The Mothman, the Jersey Devil, the Fresno Nightcrawler, and more are all featured in this black-and-white comic anthology. Back the campaign, and you can get the book, custom commissions, prints, and more.

Check out the campaign, back it if you can, and spread the word. Be sure to use the hashtag #lessthansecret!

Find out more about Angela by checking out her website.

Can’t watch this live? No problem! After it premiers, the video will be archived on this site.

Thank you for watching!

You. Are. Awesome.

LESS THAN SECRET: A Livestream with Comic Creator Jess Johnson

Today at 1 pm EDT, Jess Johnson from Less Than Secret: A Cryptid Comic Anthology is joining me on this livestream!

Why? We’re talking about our KickStarter campaign to get funding for the book!

Less Than Secret: A Cryptid Anthology collects 7 short comic stories about the creatures that go bump in the wild. The Mothman, the Jersey Devil, the Fresno Nightcrawler, and more are all featured in this black-and-white comic anthology. Back the campaign, and you can get the book, custom commissions, prints, and more.

Check out the campaign, back it if you can, and spread the word. Be sure to use the hashtag #lessthansecret!

Find out more about Jess by checking out her website.

Can’t watch this live? No problem! After it premiers, the video will be archived on this site.