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College of Arts and Sciences


Visual Communication Arts


Objectification, feminism, character design


The art and process of character design flows from understanding the world a character lives in and how that world affects his or her actions, personality, and storyline, and also inspires a character's dress, poses, and accouterments. This thesis was influenced by the overwhelming prevalence of action-oriented female characters who are demeaned through suggestive poses, clothing, and degrading actions that sexualize the characters whether they are weak or strong; this is often done with no logical reason from the perspective of the character. In this thesis, the process of character design will be shown through the author's character Joanna. The author will illustrate Joanna's physical design with digital drawings to show her as a beautiful woman who dresses and acts according to her background without over sexualizing and objectifying her.