Childrens Book, Comic – Artist Research Randy Bishop

Randy Bishop is an illustrator whose strength lie in character design. I find that his ability to convey emotion and humour into his designs is spectacular. Although his designs are very reminiscent of Disney animation I feel that the way in which he portrays personality and presents his characters is something I could take inspiration from. Below are a selection of images from his website highlighting what I have explained.

http://www.randybishopart.com/

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Character Design sheet for a female character showing a number of various expressions. This is a good way of presenting character designs and is also useful when it comes to needing a handy reference for a particular character when working on the final outcome.

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Useful reference showing how a profile view translates to a front view, something that I have struggled with in my own developments.

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A higher quality rendering of the previous character. A thing I admire about Randy Bishop is his use of colour, something that I would like to experiment with and that will hopefully integrate well into my work.

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Use of dynamic poses to present character designs makes for an interesting approach.

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The combination of perspectives, mouth and eyes to create a design which conveys a lot of emotion is something I hope to achieve in my own work. I can draw on a lot of Bishops work when it comes to this as I feel that with these simple tools he achieves a multitude of varied characters each unique.

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These character sheets also show how a 3/4 view translates to front and profile views. With further development I hope to understand the basics of drawing characters from any angle.

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