Character Creation for Illustrators and Designers (Weekend)
This workshop is for anyone desiring to create a character in clay which can be animated and drawn in any position required. These characters can easily be adapted to use for illustrating a narrative, a repeat pattern design for textiles or paper products, and for designing a logo...
Taught by: April Wilson.
This workshop is for anyone desiring to create a character in clay which can be animated and drawn in any position required. These characters can easily be adapted to use for illustrating a narrative, a repeat pattern design for textiles or paper products, and for designing a logo.
Who is the course aimed at?
This course is aimed at ilustrators, textile designers and graphic designers
What will I take away from the course?
You will acquire the confidence to create a 3D character of your own and to further develop it through drawing into narratives or repeat patterns.
What are the key topics the course will cover?
- Modelling a character in clay which can be manipulated into any position to aid drawing for whatever you wish to use it for, will be covered.
- Learning how to identify and draw the relevant facial expressions which match the emotions generation by events within the sequence, will be explained.
- Planning and drawing a small accordion book sequence utilising your character to illustrate a narrative, and then possibly expanding this to a full storyboard, will be discussed.
- A step by step instruction on creating a repeat pattern using your characters will be demonstrated, and how you can use this, will be considered.
What will the I achieve?
- How to model a character in clay step by step, and to manipulate this to facilitate drawing from all angles.
- Storyboard creation
- Methods of designing repeat patterns will be worked through by the students
How will the course be taught?
Through tutor led demonstrations and practical hands-on activities
In the morning I will show you how to make your clay character. This will be followed by a series of carefully executed observational drawings aimed at becoming both familiar with your character and confident in drawing him in any position.
Next you will begin to adapt human facial expressions representing various emotions onto your character through drawing. This will be continued after lunch.
In the afternoon, you and a partner will explore how two characters could interact when presented with a challenging situation. You will illustrate this exercise in full colour onto an accordion book format. This will be a good opportunity for you to try out what you have learned about facial expressions and body language.
In the morning we will discuss other ways to use your characters such as in greetings cards, repeat patterns for textiles and wrapping papers, and other printed products for merchandising.
You will learn how to make a repeat pattern using your character which could be applied to wrapping paper or textile prints.
In the afternoon the class may divide into two allowing you to further develop the area which most interests you. One choice will be to develop the repeat patterns in more detail and investigate other ways to expand these designs. The second choice will be to begin a full storyboard working with a partner, either using a new theme, or expanding the sequence you did previous day.
Please bring the following materials to the first session
- Drawing pad
- Graphite pencils
- Coloured pencils (optional)
- A rubber
Illustrating Children's Books by Martin Salisbury