Designing a Character

As with anything the best place to start designing a character is in your sketchbook. Let’s say you want to design a dragon for your comic book series. In your sketchbook you will draw sketches of what the dragon will have on it and look like. Once you know what you want it is time to go and get reference pictures. The internet is a good place to start here. Maybe you will get a picture of a dinosaur that is similar in shape to your drawing. Then maybe you will find a picture of another animal that has horns or whatever it is that you are trying to put on the character. Once you have all your reference pictures you can now get started on the main design. Take out a clean piece of paper and start putting all the pieces together creating the image that you drew in your sketchbook. A great way of creating something to use later is to create a character sheet. Check out my earlier posts for information on character sheets. Follow this method for all your characters and you will find you have well thought out characters for your comics.

About the Author

Bruce Outridge is a cartoonist and illustrator from Canada. He is the creator of the Pride Junkie Comic Series. To view the series and learn more about Bruce please visit

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