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Force: Character Design from Life Drawing by Mike Mattesi

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Foreword

The main thing about character design is that the character, whether good or evil, MUST have appeal and tell a story. Look at pirate drawings by Marc Davis. They have a wonderful appeal and charm even though they are tough guys. The ability to do drawings that have a touch of humor and personality in them is key and something we all strive for. Even if you do a character that is a cliché, you never want to draw an illustrated cliché. You want to keep it fresh and appealing and full of character.

Simply put, if I were going to design a fat man I would study Jackie Gleason and observe how he carries himself, his mannerism, and his way of posing and moving. If I were to design a skinny guy I would study Stan Laurel or Dick Van Dyke and ...

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