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Character Design

Character Design, Storyboard & Concept Art

Picture books, cartoons, animated films, video games and adverts feature all kinds of weird and wonderful characters.

How well the audience connects with those characters, can often determine how successful the whole project is.

From rough pencil sketches to polished 3D models, the quaility of artwork provided to the publishers and animators by concept artists, character designers and storyboard illustrators is crucial.

Scroll down to see samples from many of the best freelance character designers, concept artists and storyboard artists around.

 

 

 

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Chris Lynch

Really bring your concepts to life with engaging storyboards, animatics, visuals and illustrations. From quick black and whites through to full colour, Chris has a clear grasp of how to get the message across, whether for Advertising, Social, Web, Experiential, Games or Movies

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Chris Lynch

Really bring your concepts to life with engaging storyboards, animatics, visuals and illustrations. From quick black and whites through to full colour, Chris has a clear grasp of how to get the message across, whether for Advertising, Social, Web, Experiential, Games or Movies

Storyboard animatic frames and concept art from Chris Lynch - established commercial freelance independent creative

Andrew Hennessey

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Andrew Hennessey

My illustrations are used for children’s book publishing, animation, advertising, design, product and packaging and new media. I have 30 years experience of delivering illustrations on time and within budget.

To discuss a new project please give me a call or send me an e-mail detailing your requirements.

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Andrew Hennessey

My illustrations are used for children’s book publishing, animation, advertising, design, product and packaging and new media. I have 30 years experience of delivering illustrations on time and within budget.

To discuss a new project please give me a call or send me an e-mail detailing your requirements.

Storyboard character design designer characters for story book, storyboards for animation
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Sally Artz

This storyboard was a commission for an animated TV commercial for Unichem,  featuring high street shops and street scenes.  It involves a number of humorous characters including; people in the street, a shop assistant with customers, a dog, the baby in a buggy and the old lady threatening to kiss him!

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Sally Artz

This storyboard was a commission for an animated TV commercial for Unichem,  featuring high street shops and street scenes.  It involves a number of humorous characters including; people in the street, a shop assistant with customers, a dog, the baby in a buggy and the old lady threatening to kiss him!

story board illustration baby old lady Unichem street scene black and white humourr
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Martin Pope

Martin's caricatures are so instantly recognisable that his work is world famous. He is also known for his amazing book covers, cartoon logo designs and strip cartoons making his work highly sought after.  With regular commissions from some of the biggest names in the world such as; Dow Jones Financial New, JP Morgan, Sony, Natwest Bank, Lloyds Bank, Jaguar, Unilever and Thomson Airways...

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Martin Pope

Martin's caricatures are so instantly recognisable that his work is world famous. He is also known for his amazing book covers, cartoon logo designs and strip cartoons making his work highly sought after.  With regular commissions from some of the biggest names in the world such as; Dow Jones Financial New, JP Morgan, Sony, Natwest Bank, Lloyds Bank, Jaguar, Unilever and Thomson Airways...

Black and White Cartoon Comic strip Illustrator
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Dylan Gibson

Dylan produces strong dynamic visuals. Whether you need dynamic advertising, or need editorial, educational, conceptual, character work, publishing, storyboard and pitch work. He has produced images for Children’s books, Educational illustrations, Comic book artwork, Storyboard and conceptual art for television, web and pitches.

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Dylan Gibson

Dylan produces strong dynamic visuals. Whether you need dynamic advertising, or need editorial, educational, conceptual, character work, publishing, storyboard and pitch work. He has produced images for Children’s books, Educational illustrations, Comic book artwork, Storyboard and conceptual art for television, web and pitches.

Cartoon Story Board Dr. Who Illustration
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Jon Higham

Jon is a a regular illustrator for BBC childrens magazines, Cbeebies, Sainsburys, Tesco (Easter eggs), Paperchase, and the Early Learning Centre. His recent work includes producing a series of 13 apps about a Reindeer called Elly, which continue to  be regularly featured in 'whats hot' in the iPhone and iPad book sections.

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Jon Higham

Jon is a a regular illustrator for BBC childrens magazines, Cbeebies, Sainsburys, Tesco (Easter eggs), Paperchase, and the Early Learning Centre. His recent work includes producing a series of 13 apps about a Reindeer called Elly, which continue to  be regularly featured in 'whats hot' in the iPhone and iPad book sections.

Children's cartoon Illustrator
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Simon Roberts

Simon is a versatile and experienced creative graphic artist. Confident in a wide range of styles from his loose black and white lively storyboards through to highly his finished illustration.  He creates his images mixing conventional techniques with digital technology.

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Simon Roberts

Simon is a versatile and experienced creative graphic artist. Confident in a wide range of styles from his loose black and white lively storyboards through to highly his finished illustration.  He creates his images mixing conventional techniques with digital technology.

Storyboards Graphic Illustration highly finished
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Karen Donnelly

Character development sketches for various clients, including Macmillan’s Children’s Books, Eon Energy, Buster Books, Holiday House, NHS Scotland, Harper Collins.
I specialise in lively, humorous, sensitive and emotive character interpretation.

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Karen Donnelly

Character development sketches for various clients, including Macmillan’s Children’s Books, Eon Energy, Buster Books, Holiday House, NHS Scotland, Harper Collins.
I specialise in lively, humorous, sensitive and emotive character interpretation.

Loose character sketches in pencil development
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Character designs comic strip Illustration

Long and Short..

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Long and Short..

The Long and the Short of It are James Holderness and Peter Cornwell. Their artwork ranges from realism to cartoon with a wide variety of styles inbetween. Their subject matter is equally diverse, anywhere from caricature to corporate logos - architecture, figures, animals, consumables or mechanicals, with or without a touch of humour!

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Long and Short..

The Long and the Short of It are James Holderness and Peter Cornwell. Their artwork ranges from realism to cartoon with a wide variety of styles inbetween. Their subject matter is equally diverse, anywhere from caricature to corporate logos - architecture, figures, animals, consumables or mechanicals, with or without a touch of humour!

character cartoon sketchy loose Illustration
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Bill Ledger

Bill Ledger's work is instantly recognisable, from the cute Polar Bear hiding in your freezer- tempting you with his tasty goodies, to the 'Do Not Disturb' sleeping snake, (Don't Worry We Won't!)- for a well known hotel chain.  and anything inbetween including Pride the Lion from the 2012 London Olympics! It's no wonder he's won so many awards!

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Bill Ledger

Bill Ledger's work is instantly recognisable, from the cute Polar Bear hiding in your freezer- tempting you with his tasty goodies, to the 'Do Not Disturb' sleeping snake, (Don't Worry We Won't!)- for a well known hotel chain.  and anything inbetween including Pride the Lion from the 2012 London Olympics! It's no wonder he's won so many awards!

3d cartoon characters Illustrator
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Kirkland Studio

Whether Colour, black and white, digital or traditional, Kirkland Studios have a wealth of experience fulfilling their clients' illustration needs. From providing concept sketches and storyboards to producing final illustrations for print and web publication. Whatever your brief entails, they will provide an image that compliments your message or product.

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Kirkland Studio

Whether Colour, black and white, digital or traditional, Kirkland Studios have a wealth of experience fulfilling their clients' illustration needs. From providing concept sketches and storyboards to producing final illustrations for print and web publication. Whatever your brief entails, they will provide an image that compliments your message or product.

black and white story board Illutration

Maria Raymondsdotter

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Maria Raymondsdotter

Maria's work can be seen anywhere from Japan to Paris, advertising campaigns in London, on packaging in Scandinavia, shop interiors in Stockholm and printed wall designs in a coffee shop on the west coast of Sweden. With Clients ranging from American Vogue, BBC, Financial Times, VO5 and WHSmith...

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Maria Raymondsdotter

Maria's work can be seen anywhere from Japan to Paris, advertising campaigns in London, on packaging in Scandinavia, shop interiors in Stockholm and printed wall designs in a coffee shop on the west coast of Sweden. With Clients ranging from American Vogue, BBC, Financial Times, VO5 and WHSmith...

pen and ink character Illustration
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Stuart Harrison

Stu's work is character driven and versatile. He designed a range of cake box packaging for M&S. The monster cake box included a cut-out-and keep mask which the design team liked so much they asked him to design the actual cake too! His Caterpillar cake has proved an enduring kid’s party favourite. His illustration work is always diverse: One day he’s storyboarding a feature length animated film to be presented to Dreamworks; The next he’s hand customising a Kid Robot Dunny for a “Vinyl Klash” exhibition in Detroit…

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Stuart Harrison

Stu's work is character driven and versatile. He designed a range of cake box packaging for M&S. The monster cake box included a cut-out-and keep mask which the design team liked so much they asked him to design the actual cake too! His Caterpillar cake has proved an enduring kid’s party favourite. His illustration work is always diverse: One day he’s storyboarding a feature length animated film to be presented to Dreamworks; The next he’s hand customising a Kid Robot Dunny for a “Vinyl Klash” exhibition in Detroit…

versatile character Illustration BBC
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Peter Grundy

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Peter Grundy

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infographic character design
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Chris Labrooy

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Chris Labrooy

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tinkerly typography ipad digital
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Milupa Bear The Coffee King Storyboard
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Gill Bradley

Gill loves making images and telling visual stories, she constantly experiments with materials and techniques.  Her work has many different strands.  She loves making portraits and really tries to get under the skin of her subjects, she feels the same way about animation and tries to get a get under the skin of each character.

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Gill Bradley

Gill loves making images and telling visual stories, she constantly experiments with materials and techniques.  Her work has many different strands.  She loves making portraits and really tries to get under the skin of her subjects, she feels the same way about animation and tries to get a get under the skin of each character.

Terry Edmond Bafta Awards Character Design Multicultural
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Matt Dartford

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Matt Dartford

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High resolution cute pink doughnut digital Illustration Character
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Celyn

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Celyn

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The Guardian people characters design
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Peter Crowther

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Peter Crowther

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3d character design Pez Dispensers Faces
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La Boca

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La Boca

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Mondrian Ray Ban Sunglasses Mexican Digital Info graphic
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Chris Lynch

Chris is a highly experienced Concept artist. Producing a wide variety of styles using digital storyboards, visuals and finished illustration. He's worked on TV Ads, movies, web, print, experiential and design briefs across the globe.

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Chris Lynch

Chris is a highly experienced Concept artist. Producing a wide variety of styles using digital storyboards, visuals and finished illustration. He's worked on TV Ads, movies, web, print, experiential and design briefs across the globe.

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