How to Create Stunning Character Concept Illustrations

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This is a look at a process I use to design character concepts, by utilizing painting techniques and using photographic elements to yield a more realistic and impressive illustration. While photos make it a little easier to get that hyper-realistic look, it’s still important to study form, lighting, value, and design, so that everything meshes together seamlessly.

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Designing the Galaxy

Form Follows Function. When they design a new car, they think about how the product will be used. If it’s a minivan, it’s big and boxy for families and their stuff. If it’s a sports car, it’s small, light, powerful, and fast.

This idea also applies to video games. When designing a menu or a new system, you have to consider what its purpose is, how it’ll be used, how people will interact with it, and make everything about it clear and concise.

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