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Best Character Design Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf

Our list of some of the best Character Design books & series in recent years. Get inspired by one or more of the following books.

1. Creating Stylized Characters (2018)

Best Character Design Books that Should be on Your BookshelfCreating Stylized Characters gives readers a valuable insight into the popular art of character design. Professional illustrators, animators and cartoonists, well versed in creating characters for video games, comics and film, guide the reader through accessible tutorial projects packed with images and advice. Any budding artist will soon be able to draw characters of all ages, shapes and sizes! This entertaining, beginner-friendly book is applicable to both digital and traditional media, and delves into many essential aspects of the character development process, from real-world research, to sketching gestures and poses, to…
Author(s): 3dtotal Publishing

2. The Silver Way: Techniques, Tips, and Tutorials for Effective Character Design (2017)

Best Character Design Books that Should be on Your BookshelfThe Silver Way: Techniques, Tips and Tutorials for Effective Character Design by Stephen Silver offers invaluable instruction from one of best teachers in the industry. Whether you’re a professional artist interested in improving your drawing skills, or an aspiring designer fresh out of high school looking to add to your portfolio, The Silver Way will help you build your confidence and strengthen your work in order to successfully design characters for any project, in any style. Chockfull of helpful―and entertaining!―drawing techniques and easy-to-follow tutorials…
Author(s): Stephen Silver

3. Sketching from the Imagination: Characters (2017)

Best Character Design Books that Should be on Your BookshelfSketches and drawings are the foundations of great art, where thoughts and concepts first come to life as an image. In Sketching from the Imagination: Characters, fifty talented artists share their sketches, inspirations, and approaches to creating characters. This book is a visually stunning collection packed with useful tips and creative insights—an invaluable resource that will inspire artists of all abilities. #10,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #3 in Portrait Painting #3 in Art Portraits #2 in Human Figure Art (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this…
Author(s): 3dtotal Publishing

4. Beginner’s Guide to Digital Painting in Photoshop: Characters (2015)

Best Character Design Books that Should be on Your BookshelfBeginner’s Guide to Digital Painting: Characters is a comprehensive guide for artists wishing to create convincing and detailed characters. It features established artists such as Charlie Bowater (concept artist at Atomhawk) and Derek Stenning (freelance concept artist and illustrator, with clients such as Marvel Entertainment and Nintendo) who share their industry experiences by covering such aspects as posing characters, choosing the correct costumes, conveying emotions, and creating suitable moods. Conclusive step-by-step instructions make this an invaluable resource…
Author(s): 3dtotal Publishing

5. Figure Drawing: Design and Invention (2009)

Best Character Design Books that Should be on Your BookshelfFigure Drawing: Design and Invention is an instructional figure drawing book geared towards the novice and experienced artist alike. This book emphasizes a simplified understanding of surface anatomy, in order to clarify the mechanics of the figure, facilitate invention, and ultimately create a skill-set that can be successfully applied to other media. In addition, this book focuses very strongly on practical usage, making sure the artist is able to assimilate the steps presented here into a cohesive working process. (Fourth printing, September 2011) #2,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #230 in Arts &…
Author(s): Michael Hampton

6. Creating Characters for the Entertainment Industry (2019)

Best Character Design Books that Should be on Your BookshelfCreating Professional Characters: Develop Spectacular Designs from Basic Concepts is an inspiring and informative exploration of how popular professional character designers take the basic concept of a character in a production brief and develop these ideas into an original, high-quality design. Suitable for student and professional character designers alike, this book focuses on how to approach your character designs in ways that ensure the target audience and production needs are met while still creating fun, imaginative characters. This visually appealing book includes twenty thorough tutorials guiding you through the…
Author(s): 3dtotal Publishing, Kenneth Anderson

7. Character Design Quarterly 9 (2019)

Best Character Design Books that Should be on Your BookshelfCharacter Design Quarterly (CDQ) is a lively, creative magazine bringing inspiration, expert insights, and leading techniques from professional illustrators, artists, and character art enthusiasts worldwide. Each issue provides detailed tutorials on creating diverse characters enabling you to explore the processes and decision making that go into creating amazing characters. Learn new ways to develop your own ideas, and discover from the artists what it is like to work for top studios such as Disney, Warner Bros., and DreamWorks. Produced to a very high standard, Character Design Quarterly is a great…
Author(s): 3dtotal Publishing

8. Character by God’s Design: Volume 1: 13 Lessons on Diligence, Faithfulness and Gratitude (2016)

Best Character Design Books that Should be on Your BookshelfEquip kids with the character qualities they need to each become the person God created them to be. This first volume of exciting, hands-on Bible lessons explores the three character qualities of diligence, faithfulness, and gratitude. Kids will explore each character quality in memorable lessons that are rooted in Scripture and reinforce God’s foundational plan for a fruitful Christian life. Plus, the DVD includes videos that reinforce what kids learn. With these lessons, you’ll introduce kids of all ages to:       Focusing on the work God has given me    …
Author(s): Group Publishing

9. Beginner’s Guide to Sketching: Characters, Creatures and Concepts (2015)

Best Character Design Books that Should be on Your BookshelfThe ability to sketch confidently is an integral part to the beginning of any concept artist’s workflow! The Beginner’s Guide to Sketching: Characters, Creatures and Concepts teaches the fundamentals of sketching, showing how important concept sketching is to artists of all levels. Established artists such as Rovina Cai, Justin Gerard, Nick Harris, and Rebeca Puebla explain how and when to use a variety of sketching materials, before moving on to warm-up exercises and top tips. The book also features master projects that show how to progress from early concepts, through…
Author(s): 3dtotal Publishing

10. Draw With Jazza – Creating Characters: Fun and Easy Guide to Drawing Cartoons and Comics (2016)

Best Character Design Books that Should be on Your BookshelfDraw With Jazza YouTube star Josiah Brooks breaks down an easy-to-follow method that will help you to invent and draw original characters time and time again. Whether sci-fi or steampunk, comic book heroines or tattooed action heroes, animal familiars or alien races, you will discover the limitless possibilities of creating your very own characters for comic books, cartoons, video games and more! No matter what your skill level, you can draw from concept to finished art with confidence. Jazza shows you how as he walks you through The Design Process! #62,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #20 in How to…
Author(s): Josiah Brooks

11. Character Design Quarterly 7 (2019)

Best Character Design Books that Should be on Your BookshelfCharacter Design Quarterly is filled with inspiring advice and new techniques from popular professional character designers, visual developers, and illustrators. Learn how to transport a character from the first germinations of an idea, through invention and deeper explorations, to a polished coherent final design. Follow quick tip guides and inspirational articles to learn new skills and even try out a new style for your work. Added to this, you can find out what it takes to become a professional designer in our interviews with top studios, professional freelancers, tutors and educators. Character…
Author(s): 3dtotal Publishing

12. Designing with Pixar: 45 Activities to Create Your Own Characters, Worlds, and Stories (2016)

Best Character Design Books that Should be on Your BookshelfCreativity abounds in this one-of-a-kind activity book from Pixar Animation Studios. Inspired by behind-the-scenes work of Pixar’s animators, it encourages fans and artists to explore their own imaginations through Pixar’s favorite characters and iconic scenes. Prompts from films such as Toy Story, Cars, Brave, Inside Out, and more invite discoveries about color, shape, character design, and scene setting—and how all of these interact to tell a visual story. This is a dynamic and inventive activity book like no other!Copyright ©2016 Disney Enterprises, Inc. and Pixar. All rights reserved. #349,767 in Books…
Author(s): Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, Michael Bierut, et al.

13. Character Design Quarterly 6 (2018)

Best Character Design Books that Should be on Your BookshelfIn the newest issue of Character Design Quarterly, an exciting quarterly magazine for character designers, artists, illustrators, and animators, learn new industry techniques from top professionals. Follow the in-depth design tutorials to discover the approaches popular character designers take when creating original characters for animations, games, or book illustrations. For readers keen to develop a career as a character designer there are fascinating interviews with freelance designers, creative studios, and educators who share their advice and…
Author(s): 3DTotal Publishing

14. Character Design Quarterly 8 (2019)

Best Character Design Books that Should be on Your BookshelfCharacter Design Quarterly (CDQ) is a lively, creative magazine bringing inspiration, expert insights, and leading techniques from professional illustrators, artists, and character art enthusiasts worldwide. Each issue provides detailed tutorials on creating diverse characters enabling you to explore the processes and decision making that go into creating amazing characters. Learn new ways to develop your own ideas, and discover from the artists what it is like to work for top studios such as Disney, Warner Bros., and DreamWorks. Produced to a very high standard, Character Design Quarterly is a great…
Author(s): 3dtotal Publishing

Best Character Design Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some character design books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Design and Development of Optical Dispersion Characterization Systems

Author(s): Iraj Sadegh Amiri, Masih Ghasemi
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2019, Size: 5 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2354760

Surface Plasmon Resonance Sensors: A Materials Guide to Design, Characterization, Optimization, and Usage

Author(s): Leiva Casemiro Oliveira, Antonio Marcus Nogueira Lima, Carsten Thirstrup, Helmut Franz Neff
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2019, Size: 34 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2408137

Molecular Soft-Interface Science: Principles, Molecular Design, Characterization and Application

Author(s): Mizuo Maeda, Atsushi Takahara, Hiromi Kitano, Tetsuji Yamaoka, Yoshiko Miura
Publisher: Springer Japan, Year: 2019, Size: 10 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2410991

Creative character design

Author(s): Tillman, Bryan
Publisher: Taylor & Francis;CRC, Year: 2019, Size: 162 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2414928

Nanoparticle design and characterization for catalytic applications in sustainable chemistry

Author(s): Luque, Rafael; Prinsen, Pepijn
Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry, Year: 2019, Size: 11 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2416206

Self-assembling Biomaterials: Molecular Design, Characterization and Application in Biology and Medicine

Author(s): Helena S. Azevedo, Ricardo M. P. da Silva
Publisher: Woodhead Publishing, Year: 2018, Size: 97 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2226342

Researching Complex Information Infrastructures: Design Characteristics of ICT Tools for Examining Modern Technology Usage

Author(s): Thomas Ludwig
Publisher: Springer, Year: 2017, Size: 13 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1700086

Characterisation and Design of Tissue Scaffolds

Author(s): Tomlins, Paul
Publisher: Woodhead Publishing, Year: 2016, Size: 18 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1507241

Framed Perspective, Volume 2: Technical Drawing for Shadows, Volume, and Characters

Author(s): Marcos Mateu-Mestre
Publisher: Design Studio Press, Year: 2016, Size: 180 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2239713

A Novel Lidar Ceilometer: Design, Implementation and Characterisation

Author(s): Joshua D. Vande Hey
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2015, Size: 6 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1313064

Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are really record-breakers according to The New York Times, others are written by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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