Introduction to Character Design (Online)

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Character design involves creating a character and being able to give it life by contextualizing it in different situations, moods and events. Whether you are a student, beginner or professional who wishes to learn about character design, and regardless of your chosen media this course will provide you with the skills and working methods to create satisfying and original characters...

Taught by: Shaun McGlinchey.

Description

Character design involves creating a character and being able to give it life by contextualizing it in different situations, moods and events. Whether you are a student, beginner or professional who wishes to learn about character design, and regardless of your chosen media this course will provide you with the skills and working methods to create satisfying and original characters. 

You will be guided through all the stages necessary to design characters that may be used for traditional or computer animation, cut-out, stop motion, games, illustration, comic strips or advertising. 

With an emphasis put very strongly on drawing, your tutor and professional character designer Shaun McGlinchey will introduce you to the fundamentals of character design; from basic anatomy and construction, personality, facial expression, acting potential, implied movement and stylisation, through to the standard production aspects of pose-sheets and turnarounds. Although you can use a computer and software and create your characters, please note that this course will not teach you how to use software, but rather teach you hands-on drawing techniques and how to generate compelling ideas and designs.

Throughout the course, students will be expected to complete short exercises during the online live sessions and longer assignments between sessions.
Some basic drawing experience is helpful but not required.

Topics covered:

  • Introduction to basic construction 
  • Implied personality
  • Combining shapes
  • Posture
  • Importance of silhouette
  • Gesture and facial expressions
  • Anthropomorphism 
  • The importance of contrast
  • Ageing the character
  • Introduction to the turnaround
  • Managing colours

Learning Outcomes:
At the end of this course you will have a clear understanding of character design principles and the ability to create your own characters with confidence. You will also be able to communicate your ideas visually and demonstrate a good understanding of what makes a good character in various context.

Who should attend:

Anyone wishing to learn how to create and develop a character whether for comics, illustration, animation, games or advertising.

Course Schedule
- 8 weeks: 1.5 hours of live class per week


Week 1 - Loosening up exercises, introduction to basic construction, simple exercises. 
Week 2 - Simple anatomy fundamentals, more construction, working with shapes, simple character design exercises. 
Week 3 - Implied personality, combining shapes, posture, importance of silhouette, character design exercises. 
Week 4 - Gesture, facial expressions, anthropomorphism, visual aesthetics, design exercises. 
Week 5 - The importance of contrast, introduction to iconic design, design exercises. 
Week 6 - Ageing the character, introduction to plastic design, introduction to the turnaround, design exercises. 
Week 7 - Introduction to skeletal design, creating a model sheet, designing for illustrated books. 
Week 8 - Advanced posing, creating a model sheet, colour basics, final exercises.

Please note this course is being delivered on UK time.  To view more information and a live UK clock, please follow this link: http://www.timeanddate.com/time/zone/uk/london

Please refer to your joining instructions about getting set up for your first session. 
Further details about preparing for your online course, and the equipment you need, can be found here:



Tutor information

Shaun McGlinchey is a professional animator who has worked for Disney and Warner Brothers to name but a few, and  worked on animated features, adverts, TV series, independent films. He currently teaches at, University of Westminster, Ravensbourne College of Art, UCA Farnham. He is an inspirational teacher, with a huge knowledge of film in general and animation in particular. The course has helped many artists to move into animation or to use animation in their own work.

Materials

Please bring with you to the first session:

  • HB or B pencils
  • Prismacolour "Col-Erase" light blue pencils (http://www.chromacolour.co.uk)
  • A4 photocopy paper or equivalent (at least 30 sheets per session)
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Kneadable eraser

Details for booking

Alternative Dates and Times

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