27 expert character design tips

Barbara Merkley

The process of creating a character design is often full of hurdles. Although many of the well-known characters from cartoons, advertising and films look straightforward, in actual fact, a vast amount of effort and skill will have been exerted to make them so effective.

From Mickey Mouse’s famous three-fingered hands (drawn to speed up production when he was first developed for animations in the 1920s), to the elegant simplicity of Homer Simpson, character design has always been about keeping it simple. To explore Disney’s techniques further, see our guide to the brand’s 12 principles of animation.

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