Create Memorable Characters!
ABOUT THIS INTENSIVE:
Consider Characters We Care About
At the core of every great story are its protagonists. The best books have characters that readers care about. But creating characters that feel real and remarkable can be challenging. How do you make a character that feels new and noteworthy? How do you create someone that will be special to you and your readers?
We’ll first consider characters we care about and the importance of those characters to their stories and us. Taking a closer look at the characteristics of our favorite protagonists can give us insights into how we might start to construct our own.
Explore Creating Characters Visually
Next we’ll begin to explore creating a character visually. This is a good exercise for not only illustrators but authors too! We’ll start by playing with character design, then reflect on our initial doodles and sketches, and finally revise and refine.
Really Get to Know Your Character
Finally, we’ll take a look at how questions and observations can lead us to a better understanding of our characters.
Ben will share examples of how his own characters have evolved from beginning sketches to fully realized book characters. He'll also give you a worksheet to help you figure out your own character's profile. His playful approach makes it easier to draw and discover your character.
When you've finished this intensive, you should have sketches of at least one character from multiple viewpoints and a written profile to reference.
WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:
Lesson 1: Characters: The Core of the Story
Identify your favorite characters, past and present. Take a look at how their characteristics can give us insights into constructing our own memorable character.
Lesson 2: Drawn to Design Characters
Using warm-up exercises to get started, you'll explore creating your character visually.
Lesson 3: Questions: Quality Time with Characters
- You'll learn how questions and observations can lead to a better understanding of your character.