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Illustration Research

A research guide created for students in the illustration program at Lesley Art + Design


A Character Designer is an artist that creates new, original characters (sometimes shortened to “OCs”) for a purpose. It can be a character based on a definition from a story or script as would be the process in Feature Films, TV Series, Video Games, Children’s books, Web animation, Comic books, Comic strips, or even Licensing or Toy Design. 

Traditionally, because there are different knowledge bases and talents involved, there is an environmental or layout concept artist that creates the look and style of the backgrounds (or “world”) while the character designer will concentrate on the character creation only. A good character designer never takes his/her eyes off of the end goal: To create the best character design/ attributes needed for that specific character for its role in the story at hand.


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