Friday, September 8, 2017

#CharDesignClub Challenge & Super Resource Page

The Wonderful World of Character Design Talks: Super Resource & Challenge Page

This page will keep getting updated!

The tumblr for #CharDesignClub Challenge Submissions are here.

If you find what I do here valuable and helpful,
please pass it on, share it & let other people know about this page! 
I hope it helps you, even if a bit!

More importantly, let's learn together ^o^


Will be updated here with both Parts 1 and 2 content in mid to late November!

Plus I need time to recover and update content!

I may upload my slides at itch.io and gumroad & shall link them here!
Not that I actually expect it, but Paypal donations to my gmail welcome ;)
It'll probably go towards art books, materials or even making stickers to give out <3

Character Design Club Challenge[s]

Peeps of NZGDC17 & GCAP17 & everyone welcome!!

23rd Sept NOTE: I felt that I would get tumbleweeds and there will be more content after GCAP anyway. So to make it fair, I've extended the deadline for NZGDC, GCAP & all interested peeps to the one date. ;D Streamline it to one date and if no one does anything then ah well! 

I will also add an additional bonus challenge after GCAP hehe

Plenty of time for people and myself to get learning!

Sure this is definitely targeted at concept/character design artists but I encourage anyone to do this too! It's scary but do it anyway!!
The focus is creativity & learning! ^o^

Please don’t rush and take your time! I won't be posting up submissions at the submissions blog until after the due date to further emphasise and support that this is NOT a race.

This is meant to be difficult and challenging - it’s up to you to adjust the challenge appropriately for yourself! Make sure you’re pushing your boundaries and learning new things! Don’t stick to your comfort zone! (:

By submitting your artwork, you agree that you are posting your own intellectual property and work. The blog does not claim any ownership of your submission! You completely own your own work and ideas! The tumblr is just a collection work from artists keen to learn and practice character design. (:

Please allow time for things to process as I will be queuing and spacing out posts…I don’t know if people are even going to jump on board! It’s just little me managing the tumblr!

0) What is the Challenge password? Hey introduce yourself, what you enjoy and what you do! Are you a NZGDC17 or GCAP17 attendee? Or someone I know? Or are you from the internet? So I know who's actually joining in and how far you're pushing your comfort zone! Hey you're probably better than me ;)

1) Character Design a set of 3 characters for your favourite kind of hypothetical game! Explore & figure out a suitable art style for them. Pick from the following archetypes/roles:
  • Player/Main Character 
  • Main Character's equal counterpart/Rival/Antagonist/Great "Evil" 
  • Main Character's Sidekick/Best Friend/Supporting Lead
  • Romantic Love Interest/Companion
  • Pet
  • Mentor/Guide/Parental Figure/Family 
  • Boss Character
  • Wildcard NPC
  • Party Member
  • Quest Giver/Informant/Merchant NPC
  • Ally Minions
  • Enemy Minions
  • and more

2) Submit maximum 10 images [tumblr limit] that showcase your Character Design journey in a zip file [labeled with your name]! I will have to manually submit your work & links into a blog post :0 
The following is a page numbered guide:
  1. Moodboard/research/market research with description of the characters' essence and function in the game project
  2. Several small thumbnails for each character [make lots of pages but make two pages to submit]
  3. Same as previous page
  4. Design and art style experimentation & concept iterations for Character 1
  5. Design and art style experimentation & concept iterations for Character 2
  6. Design and art style experimentation & concept iterations for Character 3
  7. Expression and Pose Sheet for Character 1
  8. Expression and Pose Sheet for Character 2
  9. Expression and Pose Sheet for Character 3
  10. Final designs & posed character cast line up 

3) Include a paragraph [small text file in the zip file] on your thought process, discoveries and struggles with your Character design journey. 
  • What are you going to focus on next to improve on this design?
  • What are you currently happy with in terms of your growth? 
  • What hypothetical/current game project is your character from?
  • What can they do/abilities? Their personality & role? Who is your character? 
  • Why and how did you end up with this art style? What inspired you and why?
  • Share your lessons so far that you’ve learned!

4) Links to your website, social media, tumblr, etc so people know where to find you! :D 
And so I can tag you appropriately for your work!

Social Media) Using the hashtag #CharDesignClub, post your WIP work on your own websites, blog and social media! 

Tag my twitter if you want but regardless I'll get your submission via tumblr in the end! I check social media on Fridays so my responses will be delayed anyway ;) 

After the above deadline, 
  • I will schedule out submissions on the tumblr! Feel free to link to your dedicated post when it gets published! 
  • I will find a way [as an afterword on your dedicated blog post or Youtube video of everyone's submissions whichever’s more practical] where I will ramble my thoughts about your work and progress! :D

Thanks so much for participating!

See Appendix 1: Prompts for Ideas! if you're stuck for ideas and need a starting point but it's recommended that you brainstorm further on your own - more fun that way!! (:

And if no one is doing this challenge well I tried!
I’ll do it alone using my own deadline anyway! ;)

Once Part 2 of this talk is done at GCAP17 + some personal recovery time, slides will be made available and updated! 

Hasn't happened yet and I need time to recover and sort out content after the fact! It's just little me doing all this work along with full time work as well, please be kind and patient! I don't want to burn out if I can help it haha :')

Struggling? Cannot finish?

Hey it's okay!! It just means you have room to grow and you'd still learn something from it!! Don't burn out because of this! :<
Just post what you have so far and share your experiences!

Do make the most of your strengths and push it! 
Go intense within your own Art Style!

It all comes down to what you want to practice!
Sketches are fine. You are focused on drawing & designing and with clarity and purpose, not fully rendered marketing illustrations!

I'm feeling everyone will kick my butt with outstanding work with this challenge but I strive to kick that voice of insecurity to the side!! Let's remind ourselves that this is not about the awesomeness of others or trying to impress other people, but you are doing it for your personal growth and progress as an artist and creative. (:

Let's have fun. Let's keep learning.
Let's keep going!! ^o^

Feedback/Discussion on Submissions: a few weeks after the submissions deadline is over!

Here are the character design submissions themselves:  

[N/A since I don't have any yet; it could be just me ;) ]

Inspirational Character Designers &/or Artists: for me! 
[wip as I got more to add when there's time]!

NOTE: What's more important for you is to find your own inspirations, research and find designs that appeal to you! Your tastes are probably different to mine (:

I have so much I want to learn from them [so many tutorials/courses!] 
But I have my whole life ahead of me...there's always time to learn and grow! ;)

In no particular order; don't be lazy - Google them! ;)
  • Claire Keane
    • I love her work on Tangled and her versatility in every project she does! She does wonderful children's books now <3
  • Chris Oatley
    •  I don't know him in person but he's super genuine & generous 
  • Rad Sechrist
    • sweet artist & wonderful teacher - toony things can be wonderful!
  • Stephen Silver
    • generous character designer and genuine teacher
  • Tom Bancroft
    • does a lot of character design books!
  • Nico Marlet 
    • for his charming character Designs especially for Kung Fu Panda & How to Train your Dragon
  • Justin Rodrigues
    • love his shapes and sense of design in his characters
  • Nate Wragg
    • for his shape based colourful designs!
  • Jeffrey “Chamba” Cruz
    • just amazed at what how he stylises things with so much volume, colour and anatomy is top notch :0
  • Cory Loftis
    • He is incredible with his expressive character designs & artistry :D
    • Wreck it Ralph, Frozen and Zootopia are animated films he's worked for :0
  • Brittney Lee
    • Wonderful use of colours, shapes and fun illustrations
    • gloriously beautiful paper cut art
  • Pascal Campion 
    • Inspiring & Colourful illustrated Personal Story Moments
  • Glen Keane
    • incredible & brilliant artist who designed/animated Ariel [The Little Mermaid], Paperman Characters, his work for Tarzan, Tangled and many more
  • Loish/Lois van Baarle
    • I love her incredibly superb work, she keeps evolving into wonderful heights <3
  • Ryan Lang 
    • super incredible concept artist for animated movies & film
  • Jin Kim
    • his amazing character design work on The Princess and the Frog, Tangled, Frozen, Big Hero 6, Moana
  • Victoria Ying
    • her concept art, illustrations, style, colours <3
  • Tracy J. Butler
    • for her incredible & expressive work for Lackadaisy and generosity 
  • Chris Sasaki
    • for his Character Design Masterclass & expressive wonderful art
  • Ari Gibson
  • Shaun Bryant
    • love his character designs and work!! 
  • Paul Richards
  • Teddy Newton
    • his Character designs on The Incredibles & Ratatouille!
  • Chris Sanders
    • notably for his storytelling & work for Mulan, Lilo and Stitch, The Croods
  • Gigi D.G.
    • for her charming, wonderful, cute and colourful work on Cucumber Quest
  • Anthony Holden
    • for showing how making comics about your life is cool & the wonderful toony style he has :D
  • Robert "Lunatique" Chang
    • for teaching me in general about digital painting; he helped me realise that I really don't enjoy doing super realistic paintings but there is incredible value to be had from studying and painting from life to add believability to your artwork :D
  • Bobby Chiu
    • for making projects happen, that being an outcast is okay; for his streams and his advice to kick that small voice out of the way. Still I'm not great at talking to people I don't know well D:
  • Claire Hummel
    • For her historical Disney princess series, Bioshock: Infinite and writing & resources on historical costume design
  • Ian McCaig
    • amazing concept art and work for Star Wars and how he has a genuine and wonderful generous soul
  • Simon StÃ¥lenhag
    • movie quality & amazing illustrations of a retrofuturistic world of machines!!
  • Mari Shimazaki
    • her beautiful & stylish Bayonetta & Bayonetta 2 concept art <3
  • Jesse Aclin
    • wonderful character designs [shapes & sweet proportions] for Kubo and the Two Strings, The Book of Life!
  • Wouter Tulp
    • Stylish & expressive character designs and amazing control of detail & rendering!
  • Isaac Orloff
    • for his environment and architectural designs are full of character, colours and superb shapes!
  • Mike Yamada
    • how he stylises cats & vehicles and all the cute, colourful, well constructed, believable designs!! :D He teaches, designs, leads, illustrates for games, children's books and animated features. Animated film workBig Hero 6, The Croods, Kung Fu Panda 2, How to Train your Dragon
  • Eric Guillon
    • for his stylish character design work on the Despicable Me series; notably Gru's dog, Lucy Wilde and the Minions [whether you are annoyed by them or not, they are super well designed!]
  • Robert Ryan Cory
    • for his character design work for SpongeBob SquarePants & Gravity Falls Season 2
  • Armand Serrano
    • for his incredible, believable designs, art, storytelling, world building and versatility - super masterful work
  • John Nevarez
    • terribly kind and lovely artist when I went to his workshop!!
    • work packed with a fierce foundation of artistry and storytelling ^o^ 
  • Wouter Tulp
    • love his sense of volumetric, stylised and expressive forms and character design!!
  • Adfo
    • for 
  • Ardo
    • for 
  • Af
    • for 
  • more to come because I ran out of time

Analysis & My Character Design Challenge attempts: !
I shall update links to relevant blog posts here as I go along :D
I want to keep learning!

  • [n/a]

Appendix I: Prompts for ideas [sourced from internet lists]!
[see talks/slides/your own research & brainstorm further!]

NOTE: A lot of these prompts are sourced from the internet so there's definitely repeated topics below. Excuse the bad formatting :P

    Game Mechanics/ Acting/ showcasing Ability/ Poses to show Personality

    • defending
    • talking
    • sympathy
    • dying/game over
    • dodging
    • crouching
    • idling/boredom/relaxed
    • sitting
    • jumping
    • attacking
    • sleeping
    • falling
    • add your own actions/expressions - countless possibilities!
    • "cool" selling marketing pose that nails the character's personality

    More WIP Resource Links: all the learning!

    Special Thanks: for people who helped & encouraged me along the way!

    • NZGDA team
      • for inviting me to NZGDC17 with flights subsidy and...it's the reason this whole thing even started!! I never considered giving a talk, let alone two!!
    • GDAA team
      • for accepting me for some reason; HOW?! :')
    • my brother
      • my great soundboard since he plays more games than I do!
    • Lauren Clinnick
      • for helping me sound more awesome than I am in my talk pitch & signal boosting 
      • for helping me with Passport Applications & her generous presence alone <3
    • Kalonica Quigley
      • my wonderful travel buddy & fellow speaker for her own talks too!
    • Liam Esler
      • for encouraging me that I can do it and that I'll be supported for my talk <3
    • Kristy Prause
      • for the encouragement boost & listening to me ramble about my vague NZGDC "lesson plan" ;)
    • Ben Britten
      • his encouragement & kind advice and that failing doing a talk is okay...! :') Apparently I will live...??
    • Charlie O. - for the kind sweet emails (:
    • those who answered my Character Questionnaire/Questions
      • 9 kind peeps who were able to help expand my own perspective! Not sharing names [for the questionnaire was all anonymous anyway] as I wanted honest answers more than making it a public thing
      • it's a subjective thing after all so it's not results I can share as a "credible piece of research" haha
      • the results, although not that many, definitely helped in making sure I was on track too! To stay focused on with what I wanted to talk about with character design
      • I realise how little influence I have since I struggled to get people to respond...until the deadline was over haha. Sure I was sad at having tumbleweeds for a while. But I am humbled though that I'm a nobody I guess - I'm just a normal person ;)  
    • Mighty Peeps!
      • for their best wishes & letting me use Mighty stuff my talks haha