Creating Anthropomorphic Characters for Animation with Chris Blackstock – 1 of 2

Join illustrator and concept artist Chris Blackstock for a crash course in anthropomorphic character design in Photoshop! In this two-part series, you’ll learn how to sketch characters using shape exploration, create a color palette, how to paint unique animal features, and how to finalize a character hero pose. Tune in to the live stream and learn to create your own unique characters!

Guest Chris Blackstock is an Illustrator, concept artist, taste-maker, donut eater, based in CA: |

Host James Bonanno is a creative director and content creator:

Join us LIVE on Behance:

00:00 Start
02:32 Chris discusses his work history
07:58 Anthropomorphism and examples
16:06 Examples of today’s work – sketch exploration
20:03 Choosing which character to draw – cleaning up the sketch
26:36 Chris’s workflow – more of Chris’s work experience
35:45 Detailing/cleaning the clothing
40:37 Sketching digital vs. traditional
46:38 What Chris listens to when working
49:18 Chris’s first illustration jobs
54:58 Chris talks about work with Skrillex
59:16 Saying yes to projects
1:01:17 Furthering your education through entertainment
1:04:42 Preview of the illustration drawing and rendering
1:07:51 Starting a new iteration of the Chameleon character
1:16:20 Designing characters and how it evolves
1:21:50 Creating backstory for the character
1:29:24 Continuing to add details
1:32:50 Taking suggestions from chat
1:37:40 How to handle clients that micro manage
1:41:37 What Chris does to stay inspired
1:49:30 Cleaning up some of the iterations – simplifying shapes
1:53:15 Wrap up and sign off


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