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Character Design - Intermediate

Character Design - Intermediate

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Vincent Woodcock


This intermediate continues on from our Character Design For Animation short course. The emphasis will be on designing characters that have greater sophistication and performance potential, as well as greater commerciality.

Anatomical functionality and gestural posing are 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

We will look at 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 would be helpful.

Level: Intermediate

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Tutor Description

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.

Read an interview with Vincent on the Short Courses blog here.


Please bring with you to the first session: 

  • HB, B or 2B pencils (not mechanical pencils)
  • Light blue pencils (preferably Faber-Castell "Col-Erase" light blue)
  • A4 photocopy paper (one pack of 500 sheets will last the whole course)
  • A pencil sharpener (preferably one that holds the shavings).
  • Putty eraser

  • Available dates