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Inspired By Nature: A Guide to Designing Botanical Characters

Inspired By Nature: A Guide to Designing Botanical Characters

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Discover the curious world of flora, fauna, and fungi in this enchanting tome of botanical-inspired character design! From flower faeries to mushroom trolls, tree guardians to grapevine golems, the plant kingdom provides boundless ideas for characters inspired by the beauty and strangeness of the natural world. In this tutorial-focused title, seventeen leading character designers take inspiration from the wonders of botany to create a brand-new character based on nature, with detailed tutorials allowing readers to follow along.

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Discover the curious world of flora, fauna, and fungi in this enchanting tome of botanical-inspired character design! From flower faeries to mushroom trolls, tree guardians to grapevine golems, the plant kingdom provides boundless ideas for characters inspired by the beauty and strangeness of the natural world. In this tutorial-focused title, seventeen leading character designers take inspiration from the wonders of botany to create a brand-new character based on nature, with detailed tutorials allowing readers to follow along.

The tutorials include notes on the research, ideation, design, and creation of the characters, leading to a stunning final image. The illustrative artwork is created both digitally and traditionally, with styles ranging from vibrant and cartoonlike to more lifelike watercolour, all with a fantastical, magical aura. Plus, there’s a gallery from each artist to showcase more of their popular nature-themed work.

- Step-by-step tutorials demonstrate the creation of unique characters, from initial research to final rendering
- Professional character designers share a behind-the-scenes look into their workflow and character design process
- Eye-catching imagery and intriguing characters that will inspire and delight
- Expert tips, advice, and creative insights from talented industry professionals

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Hardback 296 pages
Dimensions: 297mm x 210mm
Paper quality: Full-color premium paper pages
ISBN: 978-1-912843-84-8

 

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This book features a debossed, Wibalin (fabric-like textured finish) hardcover with a dust jacket designed by Ognjen Sporin.

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Spring: Floxglove Fairy by Kacey Lynn Brown
Summer: Cornflower Goblin by Nora Potwora
Autumn: Beechnutter by Simone Grünewald
Winter: Pinecone Faery by Kiri Leonard
Carnivorous: Venus Flytrap Clown by Chris Hong
Fungi: Devil's Tooth Troll by Corah Louise
Vine: Grapevine Golem by Ognjen Sporin
Vegetable: Potato Pixie by Iris Compiet
Tree: Cherry Blossom Girl by Sibylline Meynet
Succulent: Desert Spirit by Ester Conceicao
Fungi: Celestial Mushroom Girl by Feefal
Tropical: Orchid Enchantress by Lara Georgia Carson
Tree: Willow-Tree Guardian by Roma Gewska
Herb: Dandelion Hero by David Navarro
Fungi: Walking Milk Cap Faery by Dominique Vassie
Wetland: Purple Pitcher Spirit by Eliza Ivanova
Fruit: Huckleberry Faery by Audra Auclair

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