Consistency is crucial. When drawing comics there is always a tendency to change little nuances of your character.
This week’s tutorial explains the usefulness and purpose of character sheets.
Character sheets help you maintain a clear and consistent image of your character. They serve as reference pages to help you maintain a clear and consistent look for your characters.
Referring to your character sheet minimizes the possibility of inadvertent changes.
Serving as references, character sheets help you keep small changes to a minimum.
You can alway look back to see if you’ve been drawing a nose different on your current page than when you started your comic. A common occurrence.
Demonstrate images of the various angles of your character. When designing your character sheets make sure you draw the head, the face with an expression or two and the full body front, back. Three quarter views are usually most interesting. Straight on front & back is standard.
Characters are what they look like. When designing your characters clearly show the character’s attitudes. Ask yourself what are they thinking? What do they do? what is their story? Why do they look the way do? Character’s are defined by what they do
Facial expressions MUST reflect your character’s emotional intent. Their facade must clearly tell you & the reader the character’s inner workings.
Creating character sheets are useful before getting too far into any sequential art project. You may start your comic before fully designing your character or realizing something may need to be changed. You just don’t want to have to go back and redraw a character because you changed something after getting far into a project.
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