By Cheri Pray Earl and Carol Lynch Williams.
Just in time is a new book series being published by Familius, and coming out in September. Check out the cover for the first book here. I’ll probably post more about the creation of the covers later. But not right now.
Now, lets talk about villains. The first thing I notice about villains is that I usually spell it wrong. You may notice as I did that it is spelled “ai” but I usually spell it “ia” as in villians. I only know that I spell it wrong because of that red line that shows up under it as I type. Thank goodness for that. I’ve never been good at spelling. In fact once I got made fun of in second grade for not remembering how to spell “was” and it’s been down hill ever since. But seriously good-at-spelling-people give me a break, it not as if “was” is a particularly easy word to sound out. If it was there would definitely be a “z” in there. Ok, Moving on…
When I started creating this character I knew his personality had to show through on his face. I think this is true of all characters but especially villains. I wanted kids to know he was a bad guy from the very first scene. The book of course does a good job at explaining this but I knew the pictures had to show it too. That’s why I took some time to see how other awesome artists created pretty cool villains in the past. (see step 2. over there on the picture)
The rest of this just consists of drawing and drawing until I get it right. When I make a character I usually draw something pretty unfortunate (did you see that first drawing in step 3? Gross) and just keep drawing and drawing until I end up with something good. When there is an aspect of a drawing that I like I try to keep that for the next drawing. Eventually all the pieces fit together to make something cool.
As I said in my last post about creating a character I’m not a character designer. Most of this I learned by trial and error and reading interviews on the character design blog. How do you guys make a character? Do you have any great resources you use to help you make a great one? Or do you have any traumatic spelling experiences? I’d love to hear those too. Misery loves company. Leave me a comment.