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Character Design That Tells a Story

Character Design That Tells a Story

Character Design That Tells a Story

Useful Techniques for Both Beginners and Veterans Alike


A book for whoever is interested in designing interesting original characters, be it for a manga, game, TRPG, YouTube, online avatar, and so on!


●Create your character both "outside" and "inside"!

Character design is not all about the visuals. Every character has a story and a personality, and it's important that the design reflects them.


●Shapes and arrows can help your design

Once you have decided on the personality and background of your character, it's time to design their outfit and standard pose. Lines, both straight and curved, as well as shapes and arrows, can be a good reference!


●Color schemes

Choosing the colors is also an essential part of designing the exterior of a character. The book will teach you all the basic knowledge you need to understand color schemes, with lots of practical examples!


Get ready to design your own original characters!



Introduction: What is character design?

Prologue: Designing from a story

Chapter 1: Creating a story

Chapter 2: Design and art style

Chapter 3: Design, lines and shapes

Chapter 4: Costume design

Chapter 5: Designing the head

Chapter 6: Color schemes and design

Chapter 7: Finishing your design


    ■ by Izucchi

    ■ 257 x 190 mm / 192 pages

    ■ Published in March 2023

    ■ ISBN: 9784798630847

    ■ Japanese title: ストーリーを伝えるためのキャラクターデザイン キャラデザ初心者からプロまで使えるテクニック

    Buy on Amazon Japan


    World rights available


    Izucchi (Taeko Izuno) is a freelance illustrator, character designer, and storyboard artist, who has also worked for Sunrise and Ishimori Production. She has a lively art style and is especially good at expressing the personality and background of characters through her designs. She has designed costumes for many tokusatsu dramas, including a few "Kamen Rider" series. She also works as a lecturer for Palmy and Kyoto University of the Arts.

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