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2D Character Design (Evening - 8 weeks)

Pearson College London

  • September, 2020 Start Date

  • 8 weeks Duration

  • Part Time Study Mode

  • £995.00 Course Fee

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Course Description

2D Character Design is one of the most rewarding parts of our industry and also one of the most competitive. As with everything we do here at Escape, the class will build up to a live industry brief, with the final project mapping as closely as possible to the experience of working in an industry environment.

Students will attend an evening class one night a week, and will be set simple projects to do in-class, and more complex ones to complete by the following week. Following the course, there will also be an 8 week period of online mentoring, in which students can polish their skills in a virtual classroom and receive ongoing feedback and support.

The course has been designed after consultation with industry, with individual classes being delivered by character designers working in the animation industry, such as the very talented Vince Woodcock, author of How to Draw and Paint Crazy Cartoon Characters: Create Original Characters with Lots of Personality. Vince was a character designer on animated hits such as Space Jam and the Tigger Movie.

2D Character Design is one of the most rewarding parts of our industry and also one of the most competitive. As with everything we do here at Escape, the class will build up to a live industry brief, with the final project mapping as closely as possible to the experience of working in an industry environment. Students will attend an evening class one night a week, and will be set...

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Course Content

Part one - Introduction to Character Design

  • Week 1: General Introduction to Design
    Introductory Exercises. Creativity, ideas and inspiration for stories. Gesture drawing, fast sketches, and research. 
  • Week 2: Creating designs which have character.
    Single images that illustrate personality and character. Design drawings. Situations and character-driven scenarios.
  • Week 3: Industry character design process
    A close look at the work of some leading character designers and how they work.
  • Week 4: Art Direction
    Introduction to the principles of design and visual development.

Part two - Character Design Technique

  • Week 5: Designing animal characters.
    How to base designs on real life. Animal anatomy, Staging and character
  • Week 6: Designing human characters.
    Life drawing, human anatomy, gesture drawing and character poses.
  • Week 7: Character Situations
    The interaction of character with story. How do our characters fit into the overall story?
  • Week 8: Model Packs, Turnarounds, Blend Shapes and Rigging Studies for CG

Part three - Online Mentoring

Online mentoring will continue for a further 8 weeks. Students will be set a series of projects for delivery, using a Facebook group as an online virtual classroom. Tutors will provide online mentoring and individual feedback.

Part one - Introduction to Character Design Week 1: General Introduction to Design Introductory Exercises. Creativity, ideas and inspiration for stories. Gesture drawing, fast sketches, and research.  Week 2: Creating designs which have character. Single images that illustrate personality and character. Design drawings....

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Available Dates

Location Start Date Price  

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Escape Studios

Part Time, 8 weeks

September, 2020

£995.00

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Entry Requirements

Aged 18 or over, a good understanding of written and spoken English

Aged 18 or over, a good understanding of written and spoken English

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