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Fundamentals of Character Design

An 8-week course for building foundational skills necessary for the design of appealing characters in film, games, animation, comics, and more

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Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
8 weeks
Materials:
Photoshop (or equivalent) and Wacom tablet (or equivalent), sketchbook, pens & pencils, and scanner or camera to scan or photograph homework assignments
Lecture Type:
Pre-recorded
Assignment:
Due each week. Expect to spend 8-10 hrs/wk viewing lectures, q&a, and time on assignments.
Skills Level:
Intermediate
Feedback:
Individual recordings
Q&A:
Once a week
Prerequisites:
Dynamic Sketching 1 & 2 and Analytical Figure Drawing, or drawing portfolio review required
Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
8 weeks
Materials:
Photoshop (or equivalent) and Wacom tablet (or equivalent), sketchbook, pens & pencils, and scanner or camera to scan or photograph homework assignments
Lecture Type:
Pre-recorded
Assignment:
Due each week. Expect to spend 8-10 hrs/wk viewing lectures, q&a, and time on assignments.
Skills Level:
Intermediate
Feedback:
Individual recordings
Q&A:
Once a week
Prerequisites:
Dynamic Sketching 1 & 2 and Analytical Figure Drawing, or drawing portfolio review required
Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
8 weeks
Materials:
Photoshop (or equivalent) and Wacom tablet (or equivalent), sketchbook, pens & pencils, and scanner or camera to scan or photograph homework assignments
Lecture Type:
Pre-recorded
Assignment:
Due each week. Expect to spend 8-10 hrs/wk viewing lectures, q&a, and time on assignments.
Skills Level:
Intermediate
Feedback:
Individual recordings
Q&A:
Once a week
Prerequisites:
Dynamic Sketching 1 & 2 and Analytical Figure Drawing, or drawing portfolio review required
COURSE OVERVIEW
COURSE OVERVIEW
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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
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The more you know, the better.

Week 1 | Creating Volume and a Solid Foundation

Tools for the class: Your Brain, your attitude, and art supplies | Sketchbook as a journal and methodology (look draw) | Brief overview of the keys to drawing with volume. | Foreshortening, placement, shading, surface, size, contour, overlap, density, horizon, shadow, You-nique, Practice, and attitude.

Week 2 | Finding the Character Through Gesture

Character-gesture | What is a gesture, how to go about finding one, and why it’s important to your character.

Week 3 | Design and the Language of Shapes

The idea behind shapes | How shapes define silhouettes | Understanding how the outside shell reflects what’s inside the character.

Week 4 | Balance in Design

Line Weight | Symmetry vs. Asymmetry | Flow of Lines | Busy to Simple | Balance in Contrast | Balance in Color | Actual Balance | Artist Balance

Week 5 | Building Relationships

How design decisions relate to each other. | To story, to self, to shape, to page | Positive negative space, props and cloth, archetypes

Week 6 | Expressive!

Expressing yourself, hands, feet, eyes, and mouth

Week 7 | Tonal Focus

Finding the Values in your Art | When thinking about contrast, visual communication is key | How do you show your design off in the best way possible?

Week 8 | Colors

Color Theory and design decisions for your character | Remaining conscious of your color choices to reflect your characters’ feelings and how you want your audience to react to them | Thinking in Local colors first

Fundamentals of Character Design
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
Instructor

Bringing out the best in talent

Shaun Healey has been a concept artist and illustrator in the game industry since 2008, having worked worldwide with gaming studios such as Rovio Ltd, Mojang Studios, 5 Ants and Spidermonk Entertainment, as well as freelance with other media and comic companies UDON, Tokyopop, and Hasbro. Now the lead character artist of Wayforward Technologies, he utilizes a background in comics, storyboarding and animation to bring creative concepts to life. Though versed in digital painting and effects, his specialization is in traditional, hand-drawn linework blended with digital color.

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Chris Lindstrom

Very good instructor. He provided clear and useful feedback each week and the Q&As were very informative.

Bakari Griffin

I learned so much and finally learned how to put the character into characters! Thank you, thank you, thank you for everything!

Jacob Birmingham

It was helpful to have character design tool sets broken down. The methods Brett introduced us to helped me create characters I probably would not have previously envisioned out of my head, just by creating some space to play with different proportions, and providing some new ways of thinking and/or approaching a design.

Sandra Schwartz

It improves the way I see things around me and the way I draw in general! I ‘m so glade I took this course!

Amanda Zima

I took this class more for fun and to push me a bit out of my comfort zone. I think just having assignments to work on was super helpful to force me to draw. I sometimes suffer from not knowing what to draw, and end up not drawing, or drawing similar things over and over again.

Frank J Montes

This course has really forced me out of my comfort zone and helped me expand the areas my mind usually goes to when I sit down and draw a character.

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