Online Class: Designing Character Outfits
I created this class because there is a lot of information on ‘How to draw clothing’ and ‘How to draw anatomy’, but I had to put in effort to figure out ‘How to design outfits for my characters’. My goal was not to be a fashion designer but to figure out how to give my characters outfits that suit their personalities. Especially without explicitly copying someone else’s idea.
When I figured it out, creating character outfits seemed to come naturally to me. In this class I tried to break down my way of thinking when I am creating character outfits. This is a conceptual illustration class that is less about how to draw but more about what to draw.
I will take you through my process; from finding visual inspiration to thinking about different versions of the same character. We will explore reference images, time saving techniques for creating multiple concepts quickly and translating the ideas into a finished Illustration.
In my process, ‘location sketches’ are a rough exploration of how the background will look, while ‘environment design’ is more specific and takes into consideration specific props that are needed for that scene. Above are is a sketch of a kitchen in a house where the main character, Celeste, lives with her Grandmother Iris.
Designing the character outfits before I start drawing the comic will be really helpful later. I won’t have to stop to design outfits for a character each time they need a new outfit in a different scene.
A character line up is useful in comparing how outfits look together, character height differences and character body shapes. Character personalities are also easier to pick up in a line up, I expressed the character’s personality in their stance.
I will be documenting this process on my blog so that you can follow along. I hope that my learning experience can help you in bringing your own comic to life. I have broken down the Concept art into 7 parts that I will blog about as I go…
Since Mythology Studio is an Illustration brand, I wanted my manifesto in a simple comic form. The comic below helps me remember the most important things behind what I do:
It will be a busy year at Mythology Studio, feel free to follow along and catch the content that attracts you the most!
This black and white series of portraits features women in fantasy magical spaces. The portraits explore different aspects of female emotions and their connection to nature and magic.
One of the most frustrating things in decorating your space, is the struggle to hang art up on the wall. Framing can be difficult and/ or expensive, and if you live in an apartment or rented house you may not have permission to drill into the walls. I can’t even put up those sticky picture hanging strips where I live now. So here are a few alternative ways to hang up your artwork.
Some of the questions that you might have are; Where do I find an artist? How much will it cost me? How long will it take? What does the artist need from me to get it right? What if they go away and create this project, then I don't like it when I finally get to see it at the end?
Life gets in the way, you miss a day because you spent it at a friend’s birthday and came home too tired to draw. In my own experience, things go downhill from there. So, in anticipation, this year I have a plan for going into the Inktober challenge. This plan is simple and addresses 3 main areas that contributed to my dropping out of the challenge last year.