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Designing Creatures and Characters by Marc Taro Holmes

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Why Is the Book Designed This Way?

I’m hoping you’ll want to approach these exercises with a mindset of overdelivering. What’s the point of doing the minimum required?

You are investing in yourself, in training your drawing and thinking. You’re developing your judgment as a designer. Why would you want to skate through doing the minimum? The more you can do, the more you will learn.

I would love it if, when you finish a project, you enjoy it enough to try it again with a new approach. If you can come back to a challenge with fresh eyes, trying it in different ways, having fun with it, you will find yourself doing your best work.

I believe that artistic ability is not a gift or a talent. It’s a skill developed by repetition, by practice, by self-training. ...

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