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Fundamentals of Character Design

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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Design your character's personality

Design your character's personality
This is a beginning character design course with an emphasis on creating memorable characters with interesting personalities & shapes to tell a story. The goal is to visually communicate our characters from life observations, reference, and our imaginations. As we continue the course, the students will get used to the idea of iteration and refinement in designs, better serving the story and direction. Exploration, getting out of your comfort zone, and visually communicating through drawing will be major components to our class.
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Registration Period
Apr 25, 2023 - Jul 17, 2023
Course Start
Jul 10, 2023

Course Format

Standard

Skills Level

Intermediate

Duration

8 weeks

Q&A

Once a week

Feedback

Individual recordings

Lecture Type

Pre-recorded
Assignment
Due each week. Expect to spend 8-10 hrs/wk viewing lectures, Q&A, and time on assignments.
PREREQUISITES
Dynamic Sketching 1 & 2 and Analytical Figure Drawing, or drawing portfolio review required
MATERIALS
Photoshop (or equivalent) and Wacom tablet (or equivalent), sketchbook, pens & pencils, and scanner or camera to scan or photograph homework assignments

The more you know, the better.

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.
Character-gesture | What is a gesture, how to go about finding one, and why it’s important to your character.
The idea behind shapes | How shapes define silhouettes | Understanding how the outside shell reflects what’s inside the character.
Line Weight | Symmetry vs. Asymmetry | Flow of Lines | Busy to Simple | Balance in Contrast | Balance in Color | Actual Balance | Artist Balance
How design decisions relate to each other. | To story, to self, to shape, to page | Positive negative space, props and cloth, archetypes
Expressing yourself, hands, feet, eyes, and mouth
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?
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

Bringing out the best in talent

Character Designer
LECTURES BY Brett Bean
Bernardo is a Luso-Brazilian Character Designer/Illustrator based in London UK. He graduated from Arts University Bournemouth in Illustration and Animation Production and has worked in the industry since 2017 in Commercials and Tv Series and has worked with Cartoon Network, Nexus Studios, The Line, Netflix, Blinkink Feed me Light and Ritzy Animation.

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Concept Art
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PRICING SCHEDULE

Even though our courses are the most affordable for the quality of education, these finance options allow you to focus on your goals instead of the barriers that keep you from reaching them.

3x Payments

$233

2x Payments

$349.50

Full payment

$699

Summer TERM REGISTRATION Now Open
Apr 25, 2023 - Jul 17, 2023
COURSE BEGINS on Jul 10, 2023
Fundamentals of Character Design

What makes this learning experience unique?

PERSONALIZED FEEDBACK

Receive personalized feedback on all assignments from the industry’s top professionals.

LIFETIME ACCESS

Enjoy lifetime access to the spectrum of course content, including lectures, live Q&As, and feedback sessions.

CERTIFICATION

Show off your Certification of Completion when you turn in 80% of course assignments.

FLEXIBLE LEARNING

Learn anywhere, anytime, and at your own pace with flexible, online course scheduling.

Testimonials

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

Chris

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

Bakari

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.

Jacob

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

Sandra

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.

Amanda

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.

Frank

I feel like a lot of the class was information I’ve heard over the years in other classes and through trying to learn through youtube tutorials, but it was condensed and presented in a way that gets you to think about a lot of things all at once while drawing. New information I took away from it was that iteration and exploration are key to good design. Before this class I would draw a character one way and then just try to make that one way work by drawing them the same way over and over maybe with slight differences, when its exploring the large differences that leads to better design.

Jacob

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