Dynamic Character Design: Draw Faces and Figures with Pencil, Markers, Digital Tools, and More

Walter Foster. Mar. 2024. 128p. ISBN 9780760387054. pap. $22.99. CRAFTS
This creative and well-organized drawing guide is divided into clear chapters. In “Tools & Materials,” self-taught artist de Carvalho provides readers with essential materials for drawing characters in both digital and traditional art forms. That includes pencils for sketching and markers for coloring. The “Tutorials” chapter offers steps and practice opportunities for creating faces with distinctive characteristics and techniques for drawing hair and body types. The importance of sketching is covered in the next chapter, with an emphasis on transforming realistic images into stylized drawings. The final section, “Drawing Digitally,” covers everything from rough sketching to final images in a digital space. In this section, de Carvalho teaches readers her three-step sketching technique and recommends the software programs that have worked for her. Throughout the book, there are sidebar tips that supplement the more detailed instructions on the page.
VERDICT A colorful, well-thought-out, easy-to-follow character design guide by an excellent artist. For experienced artists or dedicated beginners looking to learn technique.
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