A character artist working in animation – also called a character designer – has the role of forming the entire concept, look and personality of a character. They'll work on a character from the initial idea through to its realisation and placement in context. The artistic development and design is not just focused on the character's visual identity and physical characteristics, but also their mannerisms, their voice (if they have one), their emotions and individualities. A large part of the role involves a deep dive into a character's motivations, background and psyche in order to inform how they will ultimately manifest and interact when they appear on our screens.
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