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Force: Character Design from Life Drawing
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Mike Mattesi
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Force: Character Design from Life Drawing

Mike Mattesi


Focal Press

Drawing & drawings;
Human figures depicted in art;
Art techniques & principles;
Illustration & commercial art


256 pages

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Design creative characters inspired by real people. Let Mike Mattesi show you how to use life drawing to discover the poses, features and personalities which form the basis of character and then build, develop and 'PUSH' your drawings to new heights of dramatic and visual impact for believable characters audiences can relate to.

Packed with color illustrations and photographs of the models who inspired them. With step-by-step explanation of how the characters were developed and exercises for you to sharpen your skills this is everything you need to bring your characters to life.

By:   Mike Mattesi
Imprint:   Focal Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 279mm,  Width: 216mm,  Spine: 15mm
Weight:   953g
ISBN:   9780240809939
ISBN 10:   0240809939
Series:   Force Drawing Series
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   May 2008
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Key Concepts - Fear - Risk - Opinion - Hierarchy - Contrast and Affinity Force with Character - Amazing angles - Developing ideas Space with Character - Spatial Bounding Box - Playing with depth - Forced perspective - Ratio/ Size - Overlap - Creating flat design Shape with Character - Straight to Curve Design - Forceful Triangle - The Brilliant Bounding Box - Seeing ratios through Hierarchy - Facial Ratios - The law of Thirds Costume with Character - Tonal Theory - Color theory - Imaginative Designs Reportage with Character - Using forced perspective - The character behind architecture - Forcing the stories Animals with Character - Pulling character out of animals

Michael Mattesi has authored four FORCE books, published in numerous languages, utilized around the world to inspire and educate artists on the concept of FORCE. He has instructed FORCE Drawing for over twenty years and inspired thousands of artists. Simultaneously, Michael has been contributing his skills as a professional artist on numerous award-winning projects in varied capacities and has collaborated with Pixar, Walt Disney Feature Animation, Walt Disney Consumer Products, Marvel Comics, Hasbro Toys, ABC, Microsoft, Electronic Arts, DreamWorks/PDI, Zynga, The School of Visual Arts, Beijing University, Art Center, Scuola Internazionale di Comics, San Jose State University, The Academy of Art University, Nickelodeon, LeapFrog and many others. Michael's students occupy all fields of the art industry and have themselves gained prestige for their abilities. Michael lives in northern California with his wife and two daughters. Visit him at: and connect with Michael on Facebook at: with Mike Mattesi or email him directly:

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