Do you know how you can give personality to your characters? One way to do this is by focusing on one or several parts of their body, on certain items or accessories. And this happened to me when I wasn’t even designing Bat, one of my characters in my comic LIVE FOREVER.
Before even designing Bat, I set out to explore his concept by focusing on three scenes that represented him. Only in certain details, as you can see below.
This excerpt is from page four of my comic and to not show the whole page I’ll only talk about three of its panels.
Panel one shows us that the character has a motorcycle, which has a particular personality. Since the light is illuminating something, we can see that it can project a skull on almost any surface. (Although in real terms this isn’t at all possible, let us remember Batman with his “Batsignal”).
Panel two shows us what appears to be a baseball bat with many names written on it. This generates questions to the reader and makes the character more interesting. Why does he have those names? Who are these people? His victims? We don’t know this yet, but at the moment we already have some questions to answer.
And panel three is my favorite. When I was a teenager I had boots that liked a lot, and they were open from the bottom, that although they were timeworn, I didn’t stop wearing them, they were very comfortable! So I took this memory and incorporated it to my character but in a fun way. And this gave personality to my character.
After this I designed Bat. A different way of creating a character that can work as well instead of first drawing it in full body. His tooth missing, the scar and the band-aid on his face were the final touches of my editor. See below.
If you’re just a reader, now you can notice this when reading other stories. Or if you’re a creator, this method can help you create your characters too.
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