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Character Design Collection: Heroines

Character Design Collection: Heroines

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Delve into the popular and competitive world of heroine design as 50 of the world’s finest character artists from the fields of animation, illustration, comics, and games share a behind-the-scenes look at their stunning sketchbook pages, showcasing over 2,500 drawings! A range of styles and genres are explored, including classic comic book superheroines and magical princesses, plus historical, fantasy, and sci-fi heroines from across time and space.

From concept sketches and initial thumbnails, to emotions and expressions, outfit variations, and an engaging chosen design, artists share their previously unseen explorations alongside expert advice for crafting compelling heroine designs. Further pages explore action and pose – a library of dynamic sketches with invaluable basic-shape overlays, offering a revealing collection of each artist’s ideas and experiments.

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This book launches a brand-new design series from 3dtotal Publishing. Character Design Collection presents expert visual projects, with pages of inspirational pose explorations by the best artists.

This first book in the series, Character Design Collection: Heroines, features 50 of the world’s finest character artists from the fields of animation, illustration, comics, games, and more. Each demonstrates visually how they create a character, from thumbnail research to costume, presenting their professional thought process with invaluable annotations. They also explore action and pose – creating a library of over 2,500 vibrant sketches offering a revealing collection of each artist’s ideas and experiments. From Disney princesses and manga protagonists, to comic-book anti-heroines and computer-game conquerors, a range of styles are explored.

Readers of all abilities and media, whether you're a student working in mixed media or an experienced designer employing a digital workflow, will benefit from this visually led approach. A resource of basic outlines is the catalyst to put this learning and inspiration immediately to work. 50 professional artists, 50 unique heroines, and 50 inspirational libraries of poses, packed into 224 breathtaking pages.

• The first in a brand-new Character Design Collection series.
• Highly illustrated chapters showcase an inspirational library of sketches, thumbnails, expressions, outfits, and dynamic action poses.
• Expert advice and creative insight from professionals across the character-design industry.
• Featured artists include Gretel Lusky, Valentine “Valp” Pasche, Laura Braga, and Magdalina Dianova, among many others.

"3dtotal Publishing launched a brand-new design series, with the recent release of Character Design Collection: Heroines. This series aims to present inspirational sketches and pose explorations by some of the best character artists out there. This first edition is simply incredible, and perfect for ushering in what I'm sure will be continued greatness ahead with future volumes... This book will surely serve as a fantastic reference for inspiration and a great tool in learning character creation. Highly recommended!” Nick Charles @ Renderosity Magazine

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Softback 216 pages
Dimensions: 203mm x 254mm
Paper quality: Full-color premium paper pages
ISBN: 978-1-912843-26-8

Contents and contributors


Dragon trainer – Martin Abel
Vampire hunter – Chris Ables
Medieval knight – Amagoia Agirre
Fire superheroine – Ahmed Aldoori
Space medic – Dado “dadotronic” Almeida
Suffragette – Olga “Asu Rocks” Andriyenko
Weather superheroine – Brett Bean
Inventor – Allison Berg
Dystopian survivor – Tano Bonfanti
Psychic superheroine – Laura Braga
Animal superheroine – Devon Bragg
Witch – Eva Cabrera
Dancer – Laura Catrinella
Bird superheroine – Thomas Chamberlain - Keen
Stuntwoman – Sandro Cleuzo
Sea pixie – Sarah Conradsen
Forest imp – Russell Del Socorro
Animal superheroine – Magdalina Dianova
Teen superheroine – Jackie Droujko
Ancient Egyptian warrior – Marta García Navarro “MARGANA”
Samurai – Leo Gómez “The Chulo”
Persian princess – Taraneh Karimi
Ancient Greek goddess – Margaux Kindhauser
Archaeologist – Lisanne Koeteeuw
Super-stretchy superheroine – Cassey Kuo
Aeronaut – Jordi Lafebre
Mermaid – Jacquelin de Leon
Plant superheroine – Saoirse Lou
Botanist – Corah Louise
Water superheroine – Gretel Lusky
Fairy – Tasia M S
Vigilante – Maria Lia Malandrino
Wild West outlaw – Marvi Manzoni
Elfin archer – Ana Marija
Rock star – Valentina Millosevich
Pirate – Oliver Ödmark
Super-strength superheroine – Toniko Pantoja
Geisha – Yewon Park
Shaman – Valentine “Valp” Pasche
Gothic superheroine – Stephanie Pepper
Rogue – Guille Rancel
Aztec warrior – Almu Redondo
Athlete – Joakim Riedinger
Scientist – Stephanie Rizo
Inuit hunter – Renato Roldan Ramis
Alien warrior – Justin Runfola
Snake charmer – Noor Sofi
Energy superheroine – Eva Stöcker “EvaYabai”
Alien empress – Gary Villarreal
Elfin princess – Erika Wiseman



Customer Reviews

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Jesse Gabert
Really good!

I really loved all the sketches on how they designed the characters and the wide verity of character types shown! I really hope to see more of these books made!