Character Design and Development

A Listmania! list by Kristen Miller "sknygrydg07" (Livonia, MI United States)
The list author says: "How do you get that awesome little doodle in your notebook to become the protagonist for your breakthrough animated short? What are some tips and tricks to turn your animated characters into living, engaging actors? This short list compiles some of the most helpful texts I've used."
How to Draw and Paint Crazy Cartoon Characters: Create Original Characters with Lots of Personality (Quarto Book)
1.  How to Draw and Paint Crazy Cartoon Characters: Create Original Characters with Lots of Personality (Quarto Book) by Vincent Woodcock
The list author says:
  "This book will break you out of whatever 'comfort zone' or 'repetitive rut' you may be in with your character design.  This text really pushes the boundaries of what is possible in designing an engaging character, with pages of bold, confident, modern character designs created by extreme craftsmen."
$14.64   Used & New from: $2.77
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Making Faces: Drawing Expressions For Comics And Cartoons
2.  Making Faces: Drawing Expressions For Comics And Cartoons by 8fish
The list author says:
  "The 6 artists contributing their pens and pencils to this book offer a solid diversity to creating powerful expressions on your characters.  The book starts off with the basics of facial construction (I STILL teach the '3 Bean Method') and then apply a variety of emotions to their character styles.  The result is a perfect reference volume for getting the perfect 'look' on your character's face."
$17.82   Used & New from: $11.91
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

Creating Characters with Personality: For Film, TV, Animation, Video Games, and Graphic Novels
3.  Creating Characters with Personality: For Film, TV, Animation, Video Games, and Graphic Novels by Tom Bancroft
The list author says:
  "Excellent starter text for adding depth to your character designs. Also a GREAT learning tool on how to develop characters from an existing story."
$15.44   Used & New from: $9.95
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)

Facial Expressions: A Visual Reference for Artists
4.  Facial Expressions: A Visual Reference for Artists by Mark Simon
The list author says:
  "A 'must have' reference volume.  Thousands of detailed, high quality model photographs that put almost every facial style into almost every possible emotional position."
$16.36   Used & New from: $10.97
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)

Cartoon Animation (Collector's Series)
5.  Cartoon Animation (Collector's Series) by Preston Blair
The list author says:
  "Remember those ads from back in the day for art correspondence school that asked you to draw a turtle or mouse?  This is probably the text they sent to the aspiring artist!  Full of pages and pages of step by step, formulaic 'how to' drawings for 'old school' animation, this book is a great starter for anyone having a hard time gaining confidence in their drawing skills."
$15.47   Used & New from: $7.81
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