Character Design References™ (CDR) is an independent website dedicated to sequential, illustrative and concept art from animation, games and comics. CDR is also the home of the ''Character Design Challenge!'' (CDChallenge), the largest and most active community of character designers on the Internet. 

Since 2013, CDR has supported and inspired a new generation of artists. Every day we share the finest artworks, collects the best tutorials and showcases the greatest animated shorts with an international community of over 500.000 artists, art enthusiasts and animation fans.

We are based in rainy Dublin, Republic of Ireland. 


How can I get in touch with CDR?

If you have a question or simply want to contact our team to say hi, you can write to us HERE. If instead you wish to advertise on our website and are looking for our Media Kit, please feel free to get in touch with us HERE


HOW Do I know when a new Character Design Challenge Starts?

Subscribe to our Newsletter to discover the new Theme of the Month and all the news about the CDChallenge!

HOw can I save the Character Design References icon on my iOS devices?

Having a Character Design References™ icon on your iOS devices allows you to quickly access our website. The website is responsive and views nicely on tablets and smartphones, but it can be cumbersome to continually have to launch Safari to access to it. Creating an icon solves this problem. One click on it and you are at the fully functioning website.  

To create an icon to quick launch CDR, follow the steps below:

  • Launch "Safari".

  • Type '''' into the address bar.

  • Tap the Share button at the bottom of the screen.

  • Select "Add to Home Screen."

  • Click "Add."