Whenever I draw a character I try to inject as much attitude and personality into them as possible.
Rob Arnold's "Swift Shock" from his comic book series Replicator The Comic ( Click here to join his latest IndieGoGo Campaign for the book: https://igg.me/at/Replicator/x#/ ) - gave me an opportunity to convey a character with a strong personality that expressed cockiness, arrogance, and a hint of narcissism.
Given these qualities aren't the most desirable traits you could have in a character, they gave Swift Shock a vivid presence on the page - and through the way he was posed, dressed, styled, and colored who he was could be immediately understood.
To breathe life into a character, who they are internally must be visually communicated in the way we present them on the surface. It's not just about the way they look, but how their design suggests the kind of person they might be.
This is what makes a character feel real.
Whenever I'm illustrating a character I like to imagine what it would be like to meet them in person. How would they stand? How would they speak? What kind of clothing would they where? Would they have an approachable presence or an intimidating one?
I try to picture them in my mind as vividly as possible, capturing their essence so that when I begin drawing them, those qualities shine through.
It takes more than the ability to draw, to create a character with substance. Your character's should never look like a static shell of who they're supposed to be. You've got to bring them to life and give them some soul - so that when people look at them, they're able to relate instantly and understand who they are without the need for a complimentary dialogue.
Hope you enjoy the art, thanks for checking it out!