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Force: Character Design from Life Drawing

By Mike Mattesi

  1. ISBN: 9780240809939
  2. Publication Date: May 2008
  3. Format: Paperback
  4. Pages: 240
  5. Price:
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    • £17.99 (GBP)
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Design creative characters inspired by real people. Let Mike Mattesi show you how to use life drawing to discover the poses, features and personalities which form the basis of character and then build, develop and 'PUSH' your drawings to new heights of dramatic and visual impact for believable characters audiences can relate to.

Packed with color illustrations and photographs of the models who inspired them. With step-by-step explanation of how the characters were developed and exercises for you to sharpen your skills this is everything you need to bring your characters to life.

Author Bio

Director of the Entertainment Art Academy based in Southern California. He has been a professional production artist and instructor for almost 20 years with clients including Disney, Marvel Comics, Hasbro Toys, ABC, Microsoft, Electronic Arts, Dreamworks and Nickelodeon.


Key Concepts
- Fear
- Risk
- Opinion
- Hierarchy
- Contrast and Affinity

Force with Character
- Amazing angles
- Developing ideas

Space with Character
- Spatial Bounding Box
- Playing with depth
- Forced perspective
- Ratio/ Size
- Overlap
- Creating flat design

Shape with Character
- Straight to Curve Design
- Forceful Triangle
- The Brilliant Bounding Box
- Seeing ratios through Hierarchy
- Facial Ratios
- The law of Thirds

Costume with Character
- Tonal Theory
- Color theory
- Imaginative Designs

Reportage with Character
- Using forced perspective
- The character behind architecture
- Forcing the stories

Animals with Character
- Pulling character out of animals