CDQ

179 • CRAFTING ADORABLE CHARACTERS WITH FABIOLA COLAVECCHIO : A CDQ ART-ICKLE
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179 • CRAFTING ADORABLE CHARACTERS WITH FABIOLA COLAVECCHIO : A CDQ ART-ICKLE

In this one I take a look at an article entitled ‘Crafting Adorable Characters with Fabiola Colavecchio’, from issue 12 of the Character Design Quarterly magazine, by 3dtotal publishing.

Fabiola Colavecchio’s characters are full of so much fun, as is this article :)

Some of the topics include:

Big Eyes,
The Power of Props,
Mischievous Looking Fur Balls,
Baby Dragons,
Sketches Vs Finished Drawings,
The Feeling of Colours,
Subtle Details,
Finding Inspiration,
Diminishing Returns,
and How The Meaning of Life is About Finding Balance.

Thumbnail for this episode shows the Mischievous Fur Ball illustration entitled Caveman, by Fabiola Colavecchio.

Hope you have fun with this one.

174 • ANGRY CLOUD WITH EMMA CORMARIE : A CDQ ART-ICKLE
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174 • ANGRY CLOUD WITH EMMA CORMARIE : A CDQ ART-ICKLE

A look at a lickle ickle article entitled ‘Characterize This: Angry Cloud with Emma Cormarie’, from issue 15 of the Character Design Quarterly magazine, by 3dtotal publishing.

This was such a cool article to study from, leaving me super inspired to give it a go myself!

Some of the topics include:

Textures and Shapes,
Being Mindful of Your Keywords,
Drawing Exercises,
What Makes a Character Angry?,
Unity in your Design,
The Relationship between Background and Character,
Using Yourself as Reference,
and lilDENNiS sees his reflection for the first time.

Thumbnail for this episode shows the Angry Cloud illustration by Emma Cormarie.

Hope you love this one as much as I did.

171 • STORYTELLING AND ATMOSPHERE WITH RAQUEL VILLANUEVA : A CDQ ART-ICKLE
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171 • STORYTELLING AND ATMOSPHERE WITH RAQUEL VILLANUEVA : A CDQ ART-ICKLE

A look at an ickle article entitled ‘Storytelling and Atmosphere with Raquel Villanueva’, from issue 16 of the Character Design Quarterly magazine, by 3dtotal publishing.

This was a brilliant article to study, I came away from it with a greater appreciation of the power of Colour in telling a Story.

Some of the topics include:

How Everything has Story,
The Power of Exploration,
Ways to Keep it Simple,
Pushing Yourself without Taking Too Many Risks,
How the Initial Idea is Key,
The Connection between Artist, Character, and Viewer,
Exploring Designs, Colours, Inspiration,
Keeping the Feelings Flowing,
Being Mindful of the Story You Want To Tell,
Shape Language,
Using Reference,
and we look at Raquel Villanueva’s cute lil nose.

Thumbnail for this episode shows the articles finished illustration by Raquel Villanueva.

Hope you love this one.

124 • CDQ ARTICLE ‘DESIGNING FOR CHILDREN’S BOOKS WITH JULIA CHRISTIANS’
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124 • CDQ ARTICLE ‘DESIGNING FOR CHILDREN’S BOOKS WITH JULIA CHRISTIANS’

An Art-Ickle in Issue 6 of the Character Design Quarterly Magazine, entitled ‘Designing for Children’s Books, with Julia Christians’ was the topic for this weeks lil episode.

Really enjoyed this one that focused a lot on having fun whilst designing your characters, because if you’re having fun, the character will appear to be having fun, which will result in the viewer having fun too :)

Some of the other topics include:

Experimenting with your Designs,
How Art is all about Playing and Having Fun,
Curiosity,
Using Accessories to Create Fun Silhouettes,
Creating a family of Characters,
The benefits of Sketching,
Asking your Character Questions,
How your Character must be Functional as well as Engaging,
Thumbnails,
and I slurp on a Hot Cock-late :)

Hope you like this one.

123 • CDQ ARTICLE ‘PLAYING WITH COLOR, WITH JAROM VOGEL’
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123 • CDQ ARTICLE ‘PLAYING WITH COLOR, WITH JAROM VOGEL’

An Art-Ickle in Issue 13 of the Character Design Quarterly Magazine, entitled ‘Playing with Color, with Jarom Vogel’ was the topic for this weeks fun episode.

Topics covered include:

The Psychology of Colour,
How Art is a Visual Representation of Quantum Physics,
Telling Stories with Colour,
Having Awareness while Creating Art,
Colour Theory and Colour Therapy,
Colour Paradoxes,
and I eat a Cock Ice :)

Hope you like this one.

119 • CDQ ARTICLE ‘FOUR-WORD CHARACTERIZATION WITH DUNG HO’
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119 • CDQ ARTICLE ‘FOUR-WORD CHARACTERIZATION WITH DUNG HO’

An Art-Ickle in Issue 5 of the Character Design Quarterly Magazine, entitled ‘Four-Word Characterization, with Dung Ho’ was the topic for this weeks episode, and I found this one to be super powerful.

Topics covered on this one include:

Dealing with the Overwhelm of a Blank Canvas,
How Story is Everywhere,
Wondering What Happens to Discarded Ideas,
Turning Words into Characters,
How to Get Started,
Ways to Engage the Viewer,
and Being Mindful of What Your Drawing :)

lilDENNiS also introduces us to his new girlfriend lol

Hope you like this one :)

114 • CDQ ARTICLE ‘DESIGNING A COVER WITH SARAH CONRADSEN’
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114 • CDQ ARTICLE ‘DESIGNING A COVER WITH SARAH CONRADSEN’

An Art-Ickle in Issue 12 of the Character Design Quarterly Magazine, entitled ‘Behind The Cover Art – Designing The Cover, with Sarah Conradsen’ was the topic for this weeks episode; Found this one to be Super Fascinating and Fun.

Topics covered on this one include:

Mood Boards,
Coming up with Story Ideas,
Sketching,
Relationships between parts of the Creative Process,
The Power of Colour,
Light and Shadow,
How to Tell Stories Visually,
Questions to Ask when Designing a Cover,
The Power of Writing,
Being Fearless,
The Importance of Playing and Exploring Ideas,
and so much more.

There’s also a Bunny on a Carrot lol

Hope you enjoy this :)

106 – CDQ ARTICLE ‘THE LANGUAGE OF SHAPES, WITH TOM HÄNNI’
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106 – CDQ ARTICLE ‘THE LANGUAGE OF SHAPES, WITH TOM HÄNNI’

An Art-Ickle in Issue 11 of the Character Design Quarterly Magazine, entitled ‘A Quick Guide To Composing Characters, with Katarzyna Olbromska’ is the topic of this weeks episode; and it’s a super fascinating one about the importance and power of a Characters Backstory.

This one covers stuff like

Thumbnailing,
Creating Characters Backstory,
Shapes,
Balance,
Colours,
Silhouettes,
and Katarzyna Olbromska’s Cool Characters.

Funny the cat joined us for this one and decided to sit on the computer during recording lol, but I do hope you enjoy this one :)

101 – CDQ ARTICLE ‘A QUICK GUIDE TO COMPOSING CHARACTERS, WITH KATARZYNA OLBROMSKA’
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101 – CDQ ARTICLE ‘A QUICK GUIDE TO COMPOSING CHARACTERS, WITH KATARZYNA OLBROMSKA’

An Art-Ickle in Issue 11 of the Character Design Quarterly Magazine, entitled ‘A Quick Guide To Composing Characters, with Katarzyna Olbromska’ is the topic of this weeks episode; and it’s a super fascinating one about the importance and power of a Characters Backstory.

This one covers stuff like

Thumbnailing,
Creating Characters Backstory,
Shapes,
Balance,
Colours,
Silhouettes,
and Katarzyna Olbromska’s Cool Characters.

Funny the cat joined us for this one and decided to sit on the computer during recording lol, but I do hope you enjoy this one :)

83 – CDQ ARTICLE ‘CHARACTERFUL CREATURES, WITH HALEY JUSTICE’
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83 – CDQ ARTICLE ‘CHARACTERFUL CREATURES, WITH HALEY JUSTICE’

An Article in Issue 7 of the Character Design Quarterly Magazine, entitled ‘Characterful Creatures, with Haley Justice’, is the topic of this episode, where Peter the Penguin and I talk about tings like:

Silhouettes,
Basic Shapes,
Capturing Movement,
Lines,
Shapes,
Finding Balance,
and Haley Justice’s Characterful Creatures :)

Really hope you enjoy this one, please let me know what you think in the comments :)