Book Review: Character Design Collection: Heroines

Nov 06, 2021 at 12:00 am by nickcharles

3dtotal Publishing launched a brand-new design series, with the recent release of Character Design Collection: Heroines. This series aims to present inspirational sketches and pose explorations by some of the best character artists out there. This first edition is simply incredible, and perfect for ushering in what I'm sure will be continued greatness ahead with future volumes. 

Within it's 200-plus pages, the book features the work of 50 (yes, 50!) character artists from several fields, such as animation, illustration, comics, games, and more. It's inspiring to see how each of these artists create their characters from beginning ideas and experiments, and see these characters exhibited in different poses and a multitude of expressions and emotions. 

Each artist provides backstories and their thought processes in creating these characters, along the way. And the characters and styles are all unique. You get to see the evolution of all kinds of  characters, whether superheroine, witch, princess, or warrior, and so much more.


Like other books I've reviewed from 3dtotal, the print and paper quality is exceptional, and it's a pure joy to leaf through. There is also a 'Contributors' section at the end of the book with headshots of the artists and their info and websites, for an easy way to explore these wonderful artists further.

Key points of this book:

• The first in a brand-new Character Design Collection series.
• Highly illustrated chapters showcase an inspirational library of sketches, thumbnails, expressions, outfits, and dynamic action poses.
• Expert advice and creative insight from professionals across the character-design industry.
• Featured artists include Gretel Lusky, Valentine “Valp” Pasche, Laura Braga, and Magdalina Dianova, among many others.

3dtotal also provides a flickthrough video of the book, so you have an active visual of the contents:

Character Design Collection: Heroines - Flickthrough from 3dtotal on Vimeo.

This book will surely serve as a fantastic reference for inspiration and a great tool in learning character creation. Highly recommended!

Book details

Title Character Design Collection: Heroines
Softback 216 pages
Dimensions: 203mm x 254mm
Paper quality: Full-color premium paper pages
ISBN: 9978-1-912843-26-8


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