The best character design books in 2024

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Having the best character design books can provide inspiration and insights to help you on your way. We've picked our favourites below, based on those we've read and reviewed ourselves, as well as reader reviews from artists and illustrators across the web.

Some titles are better suited to beginners, while others are ideal for those with more experience. They're written by some of the biggest names in animation, cartoon and design, and there are plenty of insights from seasoned professionals throughout. 

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Adam England

Adam is a freelance journalist covering culture and lifestyle, with over five years’ of experience and a Master’s degree in Magazine Journalism from Cardiff University. He’s previously written for publications including The Guardian, The Independent, Vice and Dazed, and was Senior Editor at from 2022 to 2023. When he’s not writing, he’s probably drinking coffee, listening to live music, or tinkering with his Apple devices.