Character Design 1 & 2

Course Purpose

Most animated productions are character based. Whether you’re an animator, storyboard artist or visual development artist, having strong Character design skills are essential. This course covers both fundamental and advanced character design in which students will learn the necessary principles, professional techniques, terms and procedures used in the creation of appealing characters, whether through interpreting scripts, outlines or other media.

Course Goals and Outcomes

Students will learn necessary character design skills to successfully enter the workforce.

Course Activities

Developing knowledge of design aesthetics, anatomy, composition and how a character will be animated along with the medium the character is designed for. Students will learn necessary principles, professional techniques, procedures and terms used in the creation of characters including interpreting scripts. Disciplines of Character Design include strong posing, Appeal, Line of Action, Proportions, Balance, Stereotype, Complimentary and Contrasting style – all of which will be demonstrated. Principles and the use of elements regarding: form, function, space, line, color, shape, texture and value with the emphasis on stylized character design will also be covered.

Course Texts

Cartoon Modern: Style and Design in 1950s Animation by Amid Amidi

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