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From movies and animations, to video games and comic books,
illustrators are called upon to visualize what a character looks like based on a description from a writer or director.

Darth Vader, Harry Potter, Winnie the Pooh (and Tigger too!) all started out as a written description
until an illustrator created what they look like visually.

In this project, you will visualize what a character looks like based on a written description.
We will then scan your sketch into Photoshop and digitally add color.

Read the character descriptions below, choose one description to draw.
Do not choose a character that you already know.

Add details such as clothing patterns, jewelry or weapons and armor that tell us about the characters personality.

Do a sketch of a background that represents where you may see the character.

Scan the sketch into Photoshop

Digitally Paint!

Character Description #1:
Living in the modern world as part of a team of investigators that solve mysteries (sometimes “supernatural”), this character is usually portrayed as a highly intelligent young woman with highly specific interests in science (at one time pursuing a career as a NASA research scientist) and being very well read on obscure fields, such as ancient Viking writings. She is described by her younger sister as being "born with a mystery book in her hand". Consequently, this character is usually the one to figure out the mystery.

Character Description #2:
This female character lives in a world like ours where magic exists. She has long brown hair and brown eyes. Very studious and bookish - she possesses a brilliant academic mind and proves to be a gifted student at her school. Although sometimes annoying, she tries very hard to be the teacher’s pet, in part because she is secretly afraid of failing. Her incredible skills and intelligence helps her friends after many tight spots.

Character Description #3:
This character is a female elven assassin raised by wolves in a very dangerous forest. She is short, very fast, and dresses mainly in dark clothes that allow her to sneak around. Carrying a bow and many daggers, this character is basically good, but dangerous. She has a scar over the left side of her face, dirty un-kept blond hair and blue-green eyes. Her best friend often keeps her out of trouble.

Character Description #4:
This character is a large, peaceful, brown dragon who is a vegetarian with an easygoing nature. She allows people to ride on her back, but mainly prefers to lie around and sleep, much like a cow with wings. She has a very scary name for effect.

Character Description #5:
This yellow dog is the star of the show. She is outspoken, honest, loyal, kind, and very talkative! Although she is bilingual (speaking human and dog), she sees the world from a dog's point of view. She can also translate what most other animals are saying.

Character Description #6:
He was twice as tall as a normal man and at least five times as wide. He looked simply too big to be allowed, and so wild — long tangles of bushy black hair and beard hid most of his face, he had hands the size of trash can lids, and his feet in their leather boots were like baby dolphins.

Character Description #7
This character is a genius scientist, able to create complex inventions. His brilliance ban be muddled by his jaded personal views and very bad habits. He is easily board and does not do well with routine. He is a tall, lanky old man with long arms and legs and gray blue spiky hair.

Character Description #8
This character is small for his age, standing at only (4'11"), despite his attempts to appear taller. He wears his golden-blond hair long - usually tied in a braid that hangs down to his shoulders. He parts his bangs in the middle so that they frame his face on either side as they fall and, in the center of the parting, he leaves a single strand of hair sticking up like an antenna. He wears a red, long-sleeved hooded cloak that comes down to his upper calves, with black pants and shirt. He has a mechanical right arm and left leg resembling plate mail, giving him extra strength and power.

Character Description #9
This male character is a barbarian of towering height and size. Grey-skinned and tattooed, he has a bald head, wears no armor, and is growing a thick beard caused by this magical dwarven belt. Although not very smart, this character is an incredibly dangerous fighter in his fantasy world. After saving an innocent person, this character was thrown out of his group by his uncle and ended up joining a band of heroic adventurers.

Character Description #10
This male character is a halfling/hobbit; very short with large, hairy feet that are never in shoes. He has thick curly red-blond hair and beard, with round glasses. Although he doesn't look it at first glance, this character is a very wise, and very powerful wizard who has saved his friends many times. His orange and white robes has blue trim resembling magical symbols. He sometimes works part time as an accountant.