"In Character" is a quality book of character images from the sketchbooks and design drawings of illustrator Brian Ajhar. This is a perfect companion book to "Mugs & Beards" that includes finished character paintings in environments.
More about Brian Ajhar on his website
It is my pleasure to share with you “In Character”, a collection of my drawings that focuses on character development. This sampling of images, many of which come directly from sketchbooks, will give you a glimpse into how my thoughts evolve and a character’s personality begins to emerge. The discovery of each character's unique identity is a magical process. It involves an exhaustive amount of sketching coupled with a cautious sense of optimism. There is nothing more gratifying than experiencing that moment when the personality you were striving for is revealed. _Brian Ajhar
“Expressive characters and ideas have always been a passion of mine. I look forward to exploring new markets and challenging myself in the character design and visual development area of animation.”
Brian Ajhar’s career as an artist has spanned three decades. His extensive and diverse client list includes numerous magazines, newspapers, advertising agencies, corporate clients, and book publishers. His illustrated children’s books have been published worldwide in a multitude of languages and have appeared on the New York Times Bestseller list. Ajhar’s work is widely recognized for it’s distinctive and humorous point of view. The diverse range of his ideas have adapted to a variety of social, economic, and political issues. His whimsical paintings incorporate traditional mediums such as watercolors, acrylics, pencils and inks that have been integrated with digital technology. His earliest influences were the works of 19th century European political satirists and book illustrators. Brian is a frequent guest lecturer and has been teaching illustration and character development at Syracuse University for the past 15 years. He has also taught at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and The University of Hartford, CT where he received the distinguished Koopman Chair Award for the Visual Arts. More on Brian Ajhar can be found on his website http://www.ajhar.com