How to design a comic character
Nov 04, 2017
In my opinion a good comic is all about its characters. It is them who have to go through the difficulties the author gives them. Designing a character is not easy but in this article I share with you how I try to create hopefully good characters.
Implement character treats of people you know
How do you know how characters will react to the situations they are in? How do you keep it believable even if they do not act logically? One way I try to solve this difficult issue is by implementing character treats of people that I know. This way I already know how the characters might react to challenges and it makes it easier to create organic and realistic actions of your character.
Create an interesting character
Characters are more interesting when they have fears, motivations and anxiety. For example, a Superhero without any weaknesses is just boring. It is a good idea to think about the past of the character. Where does the character come from? What where the difficulties it had to fail in its childhood? Was it mobbed? Did something bad happen in his youth? The best example of a known character who implements aspects of its past is Batman. Everybody knows why Bruce Wayne wants to fight crime. Everybody understands how the death of his parents made him to the superhero he is now. Backstories or the intentional lack of one are crucial for an interesting character.
This is the part where we design the character. What does the character wear? What is its style? This is the fun part of the process of designing a character. We can design the clothes, the tools, accessories, etc. But we have to keep it somewhat believable. A sailor will probably not wear a pink tutu.
I hope this breakdown of my process of designing a character might help you for your own project. This is in my opinion one of the most difficult parts of creating a comic but I noticed it is something we tend not to put enough work in. We are more worried about our drawing skills but I assure you a good character design is at least as important as a good looking page.