If you are a character artist, you can possibly open many commercial possibilities combining both illustration and motion graphics.
Building your career in one of these areas can turn out to be a valuable asset for your creative career. Ranging from cross-over animation, illustration and typography you can use everything, since the realm of character design is an interesting and enduring which has been disseminated on a larger scale.
Developing the skills on how to create a character and bring along what all is needed to build it is a hard skill. Well, that's a bigger picture. You can however use some pro tips from people who make a living out of it.
1. Draw Everyday
Creating a character is an ongoing process. You may include some elements in your character from daily inspirations. Honestly speaking there are no short cut in developing a character. You have to combine elements to give it a proper and complete shape.
Start investing time in illustrating character ideas. To become really efficient in crafting characters, you have to invest time in developing a visual language of your own.
2. No substitute to practice
Popular artists have this habit of carrying a sketchbook with them so that can practice on the go! They try to draw what they see and try to include them in their artwork.
3. Don't focus on style
Many artists try to develop their unique drawing style which can hinder rather than help in the process of creative development.
4. Know the storyBefore creating a character you have to know what the story is all about. It is important to know about the narrative of a project and then developing a character according to that.
"Keep 50% story in your head then start developing characters and environments to set the mood".
5. Don't follow trends
There is no need to follow any trends, you know you've got it when people can tell you it's your work without actually knowing about it.
6. Follow your heart
The process through which a character is formed is more of a objective process and is based on intuition. It depends whether the project is more of a global one or a personalised one.
7. Real world observationAs an artist it is important for you to understand and notice what happens around you. You have to notice and then include those daily inspirations in your artwork.
"Just by observing the gestures and mechanics of a human or an animal can be a great source of inspiration for you "
Work of a designer tends not to reference literally rather they want the character to look like they want it to look like. Taking inspirations from the real world can help fuel creative ideas.