Animation Tip To Accessorise Your Characters

Sarah's Hats

Hairdos, hats and accessories all play a big role in the creation of a character. Headwear can be put on for various reasons – as a fashion or costume accessory, an indicator of social status, a religious symbol or simply to cover up a bad hair day! With the help of accessories, anyone can easily recognise who your character is and what he does in your animation. Just think about Captain Hook’s red pirate hat and his signature hook, and the little dwarf hat and outfit that Dopey and Doc from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs wear as they sing “Heigh-Ho”.

Source: Two Animators Sarah's Hats
Source: Two Animators Sarah’s Hats

Visualise Your Character in 360˚

As your character moves around and change into different positions, the accessories need to follow the movement. A good tip is to imagine the head with basic features as a sphere, use this sphere as the basis of a drawing and then add the hat in different angles. Do bear in mind to keep it all in proportions! You may want to use the sketches below as reference.

Source: Tumblr
Source: Tumblr
Source: Tumblr
Source: Tumblr

Show Off Your Hat at Mad Hatter: Hat Our Logo! Contest

Came up with some great hat designs? Why not show them off at the Mad Hatter: Hat Our Logo! Contest? You have until April 3 to post your specially designed headwear for the Animation Desk logo in the comment section of this Facebook post. The winners will win the Mad Hatter’s prizes including an Adonit Snap, a hat and the winning logo to be featured on App Store and Google Play, or on Animation Desk’s social media icons on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Find out more about the contest here!

Happy designing!

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