1st Edition

Force: Character Design from Life Drawing

By Mike Mattesi Copyright 2008

    Design creative characters inspired by real people. Let Mike Mattesi show you how to use life drawing to discover the poses, features and personalities which form the basis of character and then build, develop and 'PUSH' your drawings to new heights of dramatic and visual impact for believable characters audiences can relate to.

    Packed with color illustrations and photographs of the models who inspired them. With step-by-step explanation of how the characters were developed and exercises for you to sharpen your skills this is everything you need to bring your characters to life.

    Key Concepts
    - Fear
    - Risk
    - Opinion
    - Hierarchy
    - Contrast and Affinity

    Force with Character
    - Amazing angles
    - Developing ideas

    Space with Character
    - Spatial Bounding Box
    - Playing with depth
    - Forced perspective
    - Ratio/ Size
    - Overlap
    - Creating flat design

    Shape with Character
    - Straight to Curve Design
    - Forceful Triangle
    - The Brilliant Bounding Box
    - Seeing ratios through Hierarchy
    - Facial Ratios
    - The law of Thirds

    Costume with Character
    - Tonal Theory
    - Color theory
    - Imaginative Designs

    Reportage with Character
    - Using forced perspective
    - The character behind architecture
    - Forcing the stories

    Animals with Character
    - Pulling character out of animals


    Michael Mattesi has authored several FORCE books, published in numerous languages, utilized around the world to inspire and educate artists on the concept of FORCE. He has instructed FORCE Drawing for over twenty years and inspired thousands of artists.

    Simultaneously, Michael has been contributing his skills as a professional artist on numerous award-winning projects in varied capacities and has collaborated with Pixar, Walt Disney Feature Animation, Walt Disney Consumer Products, Marvel Comics, Hasbro Toys, ABC, Microsoft, Electronic Arts, DreamWorks/PDI, Zynga, The School of Visual Arts, Beijing University, Art Center, Scuola Internazionale di Comics, San Jose State University, The Academy of Art University, Nickelodeon, LeapFrog and many others. Michael’s students occupy all fields of the art industry and have themselves gained prestige for their abilities.

    Michael lives in northern California with his wife and two daughters. Visit him at:


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