4 tips for creating a dynamic character

If there’s a lot going in an action scene, such as a warrior wielding a large hammer in battle, then I find it helpful to break the composition into standalone elements and solve them one at a time.  

First, I decide how I’d like the character to be holding the hammer and what I want them to be doing with it: swinging it, smashing something or someone with it, and so on. During this early stage I draw out the pose from the side to better understand it, before drawing it in perspective. Next, I decide what kind of character is wielding the hammer, and the type of armour they’re wearing.  

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Michelle Hoefener has worked in the gaming and entertainment industries for six years now. And she's been painting and publishing her work online for well over 15 years.