Create your own character sketch

For this week’s sketch, you will be creating your own character. DO NOT copy anything manga, anime, or any other characters “out there”. Your character should not remind anyone of anything else seen before. There are a TON of characters created for the public to see, so this is going to be difficult because you have so many influences coming at you and images stuck on your mind.

Take pride in creating something original, have fun! I want you to use the figure (the human body) as a guide so that your drawing is proportionately correct- you will need to look at someone else or yourself in the mirror in order to do this. If you choose to exaggerate the figure, you must first show me that you were practicing the correct way first, then purposefully exaggerate…don’t just draw poorly and call it purposeful.

Really reflect on your style. Start by writing out words that summarize your work or the way you work. Look back through your sourcebook, see if anything stands out as your “signature” – maybe the way you use color, the way use texture, the way your organize space, etc. Think about the outfit your character is wearing…the way your character wears their hair…what could all of this say about your character? How would it visually communicate to your viewers? Try to put your own style into your character after you have drawn it correctly. The term character does not mean this sketch should be a cartoon. A character can be a person from a story, a movie, a band, a show, a book, etc.


Think about visually showing your personality maybe…this could be a self-portrait of sorts…


This sketch will be due Tuesday, April 1…no fooling 🙂 


**Please draw your character out…use color, value, texture, space, etc. to complete your drawing. I am looking for effort and quality as always. Do not wait until the last minute- take full advantage of the week given. 

BLOG BONUS– Look up what gesture drawing means…write the definition in your sourcebook and add this to your character for extra points. 




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