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Game Character Concept Design Fundamentals

+60 XP
2 Hours
This is a beginner level project for creating characters for a video game development pipeline. In this project, you'll learn the process of basic character concept design. First, you will explore everything from preliminary research to idealization. Next, you will discover silhouettes and rough sketches. Finally, you will learn how to perform final rendering and how to create an orthographic sheet ready for 3D modeling. By the end of this project, you will have a good understanding of game character concept designs.
Software required: Photoshop CC.
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Project Objective
By the end of this project, you will be be able to:
  • Understand basic character design concepts, including project and player parameters, and the importance of research for refining your artistic vision.
  • Create character thumbnails by designing with shape and silhouette.
  • Turn character thumbnails in rough concept designs using interior shapes.
  • Use basic colors to create final renders of a character.
  • Produce a model reference sheet of your character for 3D modeling.
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Last updated: November 05, 2019