The Art of Game Characters

The Art of Game Characters

by Leo Hartas


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Computer and video games are the entertainment media of the 21st century, and game characters like Lara Croft and Mario are now as famous as Mickey Mouse and Homer Simpson. This definitive guide examines the appeal of these iconic characters from the early days of gaming to the present.

A follow-up to the successful Art of Game Worlds, this book examines the remarkable work that goes into the creation of captivating, realistic game characters. Each subsection takes an in-depth look at a specific type of character and uses examples to discuss how that type is used effectively in games. All games enthusiasts, from amateur to expert, will benefit from this comprehensive and beautifully illustrated volume.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060724313
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/14/2005
Edition description: REV
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 7.98(w) x 9.34(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Leo Hartas is a well-known and highly regarded illustrator, skilled in both traditional and computer-generated techniques. He is the co-author of The Art of Game Worlds and the author of numerous bestselling children's books. Hartas also creates digital imagery for computer games, video animation, and TV programs.

Table of Contents

1Game Cuties
Cute, but Not Necessarily Cuddly010
Insider Secrets: Fur Fightin'020
2Big Biceps
Muscular Heroes024
Hands On: Sources of Inspiration030
3Sexy and Sassy
Women in a Boy's World034
Insider Secrets: The Feminine Kick040
Game Character Creation by Sandy Spangler044
4Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know
Byronic Heroes056
Insider Secrets: Shootout in Ghost Town062
5Femme Fatale
Bad Girls068
Hands On: Concept Art074
6The Reluctant Hero
It's a Bum Rap078
Arabian Arts: The Prince of Persia084
7Fascinating Flaws
The Antihero088
Insider Secrets: World Domination094
8Mainly by Cunning
The Trickster102
Insider Secrets: Night Raiders108
9It Could be You
The Modern Everyman112
Hands On: The Art of Modeling118
10Baby Face
Hands On: The Gift of Life-Animation128
11Behind the Mask
Personae in First-person Games132
Insider Secrets: Ship Shape138
12Do You Speak Elvish?
Fantastic Creatures and Faerie Folk140
Hands On: Game Costume146
13Monster Mash
Robots, Dinosaurs, and Aliens152
Insider Secrets: Odd Glob160
The Wackiest Characters of All162
Insider Secrets: Into the Machine170
15Bosses From Hell
Obeying Orders172
A Great Lineage: Square Enix178
Insider Secrets: Widescreen182

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