Advanced Character Design

Advanced Character Design continues on from the Character Design For Animation course, but with more emphasis on designing characters that have greater sophistication and performance potential, as well as greater commerciality. Anatomical functionality and gestural posing is explored further, in combination with the basics of construction, facial expression, acting potential, implied movement, stylisation, and in particular, personality...

Taught by: Vincent Woodcock.

Description

Advanced Character Design continues on from the Character Design For Animation course, but with more emphasis on designing characters that have greater sophistication and performance potential, as well as greater commerciality. Anatomical functionality and gestural posing is explored further, in combination with the basics of construction, facial expression, acting potential, implied movement, stylisation, and in particular, personality.

The use of colour on characters is explored using studio markers, and examples from character designers such as Milt Kahl, Chuck Jones, T.S.Sullivant, Tom Oreb, and Ronald Searle are studied, as well as scenes from animated films such as The Iron Giant, Spirited Away, A Nightmare Before Christmas, Hercules and The Incredibles.

Entry requirements: A basic-to-intermediate amount of drawing and/or cartooning experience is helpful for students.


Tutor information

Vincent Woodcock learned animation from Richard Williams and Art Babbitt, co-directed Disney's "Duck Tales The Movie", sequence-directed on "The Tigger Movie", and was an animator and character-designer on "Space Jam". His idents and promo's for Cartoon Network have won Promax awards, and he has designed characters for many theatrical and TV animated productions. His cartoons and illustrations have appeared in magazines such as Time Out and Fortean Times, and he is the author and illustrator of "How To Draw And Paint Crazy Cartoon Characters". He is currently working on his own graphic Novel.

More work can be viewed on his website: www.vincentwoodcock.com/ and Facebook

Materials

Please bring with you to the first session:
A choice of pencils and drawing pens
A3 drawing paper
A4 layout pad

It is important that if you have sketchbooks or character designs of your own these should also be brought to class.

Details for booking

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