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Design

We are now at the final stage, design—you are now ready to begin drawing. Although the first two stages of research and preparation may seem like a lot of work, believe me—it is worth it. Without the proper preparation, you could end up stumbling ahead blindly, but having help at hand early on will keep you from falling later. It’s trite, but true: “If you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail!”

Let’s have a look at some of the key points to consider when fleshing out the design of your character.

Image A Good, Fresh Style—A strong visual style is important and must remain consistent throughout the whole design. Coming up with an original style can be difficult; don’t be surprised if, whatever your character looks like, someone in the approval list will comment on how “it looks like such-and-such.” Try not to directly copy an existing style, and instead use a mixture of different influences to come up with something original.


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