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Force: Character Design from Life Drawing by Mike Mattesi

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Chapter 5Reportage with Character

Drawing “on location,” or what I like to call reportage, allows you to really build your reservoir of information for creativity. The different personalities, faces, clothes, and architecture out in the world are truly inspiring! There is nothing better than watching people when it comes to the vast richness of characters that live in our world.

Watching people’s mannerisms and gestures informs you for your own character designs. Keep a keen eye for human behavior. An excellent book about human behavior is called Man Watching by Desmond Norris. This book is a must buy for any artist drawing characters that communicate humanity.

One of the most fun places for me to draw is Epcot in Disney World. Half of the park ...

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