Creating Anthropomorphic Characters for Animation with Chris Blackstock – 2 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
03:27 Recap of Day 1’s work
08:01 Chris walks through his color process
16:45 Chris starts his rendering process from base colors
24:47 Adding gradients to the character
30:08 The gradient process walkthrough
36:13 Difference between locking layers and clipping masks
46:02 Chris starts his shadowing process – establishing a light source
50:05 Making decisions that are best for the illustration
55:11 Finding and using good reference
58:42 Complicated materials to render
1:02:15 Chris’s setup & use of Photoshop
1:05:01 How Chris manages highlights
1:12:30 Discovering your style & process
1:15:24 Adding highlights
1:18:45 Balancing an image
1:25:45 Adding in a few details
1:30:49 Artist’s Spotlight of Allison Vu
1:38:29 Pushing back shapes in space
1:41:27 Adding wear and tear – small story details
1:49:07 Chris’s upcoming projects


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