As a professional illustrator, this is a MUST HAVE for artists. Definitely more specifically for character designers, but it does have a lot of lessons for general illustrators. I graduated college with very basic knowledge on character design. I saw that the great Stephen Silver was creating a book for it, and I instantly bought it. A couple of hours of reading and I already learned more about character design than what I learned in college. One of the most important things that I learned from this book is necessary communication through silhouette and shapes. These things will give your characters variety and will help them stand out from the rest. I'm still going through and trying to absorb all the knowledge that it has. Thank you Mr. Silver, I hope to meet you one day! You rock!
This book has solid tips and techniques for those seeking to work in the animation industry as a character designer. Most of the book covers styles of design that are popular with the top studios but animation is a big field that still has room to grow so don't think that this is the only way to explore design. This book is a helpful tool for both beginning or professional artists.
Since animation design is based on observations from life you will want to pick up foundational books on Life Drawing and perspective as well. I recommend all (particularly Drawing for All its Worth & Successful Drawing) of the Andrew Loomis books and the Vilppu Drawing manual for those seriously considering a career in art.
so good--I'd compare it to Preston Blair's Animation book since it is another simple but densely informative classic by a master of the art form. So much is covered so clearly--you can read it in a day but will want to re-read it a hundred times since the info is that solid & profound. I have a lot of character design books and this is organised the best--concepts are broken down in a meaningful way and explained well. So much is covered, from process to rendering to turnarounds to character types, basic drawing principles and sources of inspiration. Silver's outside in design approach is mind expanding. This book shows that the author is a real pro who has taught before.
The book provides more than ample examples and techniques for character design. It is appropriate for beginners as well as advanced designers. A well-structured, thick read of a book. Silver is generous with his knowledge sharing. The main point of his theory is using simple, strong shapes to create a structure for your characters. He exposes how these shapes work in his designs. HIs rough drawings show how he "draws through" the shapes to create depth and a believable cartoon anatomy for a design. I have taken a class from him in person and his books are as informative as his lectures.
Awesome book, great tips for drawing and useful guides on coming up with a good character. I'd recommend this to anyone interested in making new characters who needs help designing them. I even took it with me to my professor and I had referred it to my classmates
As an illustrator for the past 15 years, I am often looking for ways to improve. The Silverway breaks down various ways to approach, line, shape and color that help construct characters with personality. Pushing the concepts to show action and creating unique and fun cartoons. This book is the most comprehensive book on the subject. If you are going to buy only one book on drawing cartoons... this is it.
The book is one of my favorite art books. It has clear process for drawing forms, and great advice for developing characters. I love that his text is limited to the nuts and bolts of the skills, and doesn't have the feel of an academic tome with a tedious explanation of concepts. There are more drawings than words in this book. The diagrams and grids are easy to understand and implement. I can't say enough good things about his methods.
Just awesome. Stephen Silver is a legendary caricaturist and character designer, and this book is great. I much prefer this book to the online lectures and tutorials because it's tangible and I can use it more as a reference guide and linger in the sections I like.
This books approach is very systematic in a way that will Organize your thoughts towards creating many different iterations of a harmonious character design. Very helpful tips and tricks to assist you when you feel as though you have exhausted your ideas to the fullest, only to see that there's other avenues and ways to go into many different routes in telling great stories through creative and appealing characters. In my honest opinion one of the most informative books on the subject out there. If you have Disney's the illusion of life. This book might be the perfect pair to study the art of animation.
This book will be a character design bible book. I have never seen this kind of book before. There are so many important and practical design principles and drawing exercises. Thank you so much for making this great book for artists!!