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Narrative Illustration and Characters

Narrative Illustration and Characters

An 8-week course creating strong images that tell stories using visual design principles
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Compelling visuals for strong stories

Compelling visuals for strong stories
Illustrators working in entertainment will spend their careers creating compelling imagery for narrative and marketing purposes. The best illustrators in entertainment inject a sense of gravity, mood, and energy, which draws consumers and players into the world the art portrays. This course focuses on the skills essential for good image-making, and also on those skills which elevate an illustration to the next tier of professionalism. We will discuss what makes a lasting, impactful piece of art, cover some of the techniques and tools you can use to maximize your chances of success, and build the habits necessary to conduct ourselves in a professional environment. COURSE NOTE: This course is designed for intermediate to advanced artists, so a portfolio review is recommended.
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Registration Period
Jul 19, 2023 - Oct 09, 2023
Course Start
Oct 06, 2023

Course Format


Skills Level

Intermediate (portfolio review is recommended)


8 weeks


Live once a week


individual recorded feedback

Lecture Type

Pre-recorded lectures
Due each week. Expect to spend 8-10 hrs/wk viewing lectures, Q&A, and time on assignments.
Perspective, Analytical Figure Drawing, Fundamentals of Design, Digital Painting, Fundamentals of Character Design, The Art of Color and Light, and Fundamentals of Environment Design; OR equivalent experience; *application required
Photoshop (or equivalent), OR sketchbook, paper, pencils, pens, brushes

The more you know, the better.

Overview of the course | Introduction of the teacher | General notion of visual narrative | The power and importance of good narrative | The designing principle/story | Analysis of several art pieces aimed at their narrative focus

Over view of the fundamental visual tools: Composition, posing of characters, value, light, and color | Different types of illustrations and their constrains on narrative | Basic concept of how to use the fundamentals to tell a story | Deep dive in the use of Composition and value for narrative | Analysis of narrative use of composition and value of several art pieces

Deep dive in the use of Composition as narrative tool. Part2 | Deep dive in the use of Value as narrative tool | Analysis of several pieces analyzing the narrative use of Composition and Value | Deep dive in the use of Color and light as narrative tools

The importance of references use in your work | The suggestive and inspirational power of characters | The fundamentals of character design as narrative tools: Anatomy, proportions, gesture, visual weight, volumes and shapes, balance etc

The use of props and costumes as narrative elements for characters | Character Archetypes | Character design Art Demonstration

Symbolism as narrative tool | Mood as narrative tool | Analysis the use of symbolism and moods as narrative tools in several art pieces

Artistic Styles as narrative tool | Rendering: The use of detail or lack of it to guide the eye | Your unique way to express as an artist | Contrast, Edges | Explaning the concept of defining "The Moment" | Art demonstration of the process of creating an illustration from start to finish

A look back to all your tools from your narrative toolbox | Art demonstration of the process of creating an illustration from start to finish focusing on the narrative choices

Real heroes don't wear capes - they teach

LECTURES BY Miguel Iglesias
Course Start: Oct 06, 2023
Florian Herold is an artist from Germany working in Video Games, Animation and as an Illustrator. His professional endeavors include working on content for Marvel, Riot (League of Legends, Valorant), Nickelodeon and more. His most notable project has been "Ori and the Will of the Wisps", working on everything from Concept Art to the final levels in-game. Florian loves drawing and painting and will often go out with gouache or oil colors.

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Concept Art
Concept Art
Concept Art


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Jul 19, 2023 - Oct 09, 2023
COURSE BEGINS on Oct 06, 2023
Narrative Illustration and Characters

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