Creating a Stylized Character Turnaround from Concept

Hello Everyone and welcome to Creating a Character Turnaround from a Concept Piece tutorial!

In this tutorial I am taking you through the process of creating a character turnaround, the front,side and back, based on a concept art piece. Earlier this week I got back into working on a character concept for my illustrated novel and I decided that this would be a great opportunity to show you guys how to create a modeling turnaround sheet based of a single concept. While I was in school, I had to do this many times to help me see the different details and form while I was modeling. So this tutorial covers the stages of how I went about creating a turnaround for each of my character concepts.



Original Time: 1 hour, 10 min

Software: Photoshop

Below are some key frames from the tutorial highlighting the different stages of the turnaround creation!

1. I start out by creating guidelines to help keep his proportions in perspective. I focus on creating the shapes of the stylized character, so for this one, the body and head shape were the focus.


2. After a sketchy initial layout, I work up the clean line work on top


3. For the back view I can copy the front view over and erase the inside of the character and fill it in with the back details.


4. For the side view I bring the front view up close and work with keeping everything lined up with each other.


5. After all around clean up work, here is the final turnaround.


If you would like to create a turnaround from more of an atomically correct concept piece, checkout this tutorial post about creating a male turnaround from a concept piece: HERE


Thanks for watching! If you have any questions or comments feel free to leave them in the section below!

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8 Responses to “Creating a Stylized Character Turnaround from Concept”
  1. Posts: 139

    The movie file in the download is an old video from when you did the turnaround for the “guy with a shovel” concept. The video in the post is the correct one though.

    • Posts: 640

      Thanks for the bump, the correct turnaround is now in the download source files!

  2. Posts: 1
    RufioStill says:

    That’s awesome! What hardware did you use to draw it?

    • Posts: 640

      I am using an iMac with Photoshop CS6 and using a wacom intuos 4 tablet =]

  3. Posts: 1
    anshul verma says:

    Can u tel me the script so that i can move my man character which have armature.

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