One of the easiest ways of designing a character is instead of starting with the body or head is to start with in the arms and the feat because this will give you a general feel about what the characters appearance will be. Another way of generating various ideas for characters is for example if you want a character that wears armor is to look at animals that have a natural means of protection such as a rhino or armadillo. A good animator to look at for character design ideas is Alex Toth. Character Design is a key part of animation because you can’t have an animation without a character due to the fact that the characters are what create a sense of motion within an animation due to the fact that they are created to move sure you can make props and the environment move but the best way of creating an animation is to use a character. All though people argue that animations that use objects for the motion are actual converting the props into a character.