Ep.139: Chris Ayers on what makes a great character designer

By Iva Mikles •  Updated: Apr 30, 2018 •  Interviews

Hey, guys! In this episode, I am chatting with Chris Ayers, a Character Designer, and Story Artist from LA. He has worked with Dreamworks, Sony Pictures, Disney TV and others. He is known for his book series Daily Zoo, drawing one animal a day.

Get in touch with Chris

Key Takeaways

“Don’t take things too seriously, have fun, don’t be afraid not to have things turn out the way you hoped for. Every successful person has had failures. It’s part of the creative process!”

Resources mentioned

💡 Please note: We are supported by our readers. When you purchase through some links on our site, we may earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you! For more info: our disclosure.

Special thanks to Chris for joining me today. See you next time!

All artworks by Chris Ayers, used with permission

Click Here For The Episode Transcript

Hi, I am Iva (rhymes with “viva”). I am an artist, illustrator, founder of Art Side of Life®, and Top Teacher on Skillshare. Since 2009 I've worked as an illustrator, character designer, art director, and branding specialist focusing on illustration, storytelling, concepts, and animation. I believe that we are all creative in infinite numbers of ways, so I've made it my mission to teach you everything I know and help either wake up or develop your creative genius. Learn more about me.

Recommended:

Ep.88: Making your art prints special with Fleur de Marie (Coffeshere)

Ep.88: Making your art prints special with Fleur de Marie (Coffeshere)

Fleur Marie is an illustrator, character designer and concept artist from Guadalajara, Mexico. She studied Graphic Design and Animation and currently works in Art Department of the local animation studio called Mister Machin where she creates character design and background art.

Ep.15: Going freelance full time with Gabriel Picolo

Ep.15: Going freelance full time with Gabriel Picolo

Gabriel is a freelance illustrator and comic artist. He grew an immense following during his online 365-day creative challenge, posting new art piece daily.

Ep.110: Johanna Tarkela on motivation in the moments of self-doubt

Ep.110: Johanna Tarkela on motivation in the moments of self-doubt

Hey, guys! In this episode, I am chatting with Johanna Tarkela, a self-taught artist from Finland, now residing in the UK. With a big love for the natural world and fantasy creatures, she works in digital media and creates believable atmospheric work.

Ep.84: Making your dreams come true with Angela Jarman from Fancy Fairy

Ep.84: Making your dreams come true with Angela Jarman from Fancy Fairy

Angela has been making and selling fairy wings for over 10 years, and as a sole proprietor for 7 of them.Her wings have been used in Victoria Secret fashion shows, on Katy Perry in Every Day is a Holiday,  Music video and in multiple fine art photography projects.

Ep.20: Don’t think about other artists as competition with Ashleigh Izienicki (missupacey)

Ep.20: Don’t think about other artists as competition with Ashleigh Izienicki (missupacey)

Ashleigh is a freelance illustrator from Colorado. Her current dream is to be able to make money doing something she loves, creating art! 

Ep.194: What’s new with Ahmed Aldoori

Ep.194: What’s new with Ahmed Aldoori

In this episode we are chatting with Ahmed about what is new in his life since we talked two years ago! Enjoy!!