Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Character Design Returns to Escape 14 May



Character Design is coming back to Escape Studios, starting on 14th May.  It's an 8 week evening class, running until 9th July. The free video above is a brief introduction to the art and craft of character design, a webinar that I recorded a few months back. It's about the general principles of character design, and also shines a light on the creation of the many characters in the Queen's Counsel cartoon strip, a weekly satire on law and lawyers that I have been writing and drawing in The Times newspaper since 1993.  The webinar was fun to do; we had a great audience who asked lots of questions, so it's a pretty interactive talk, with lots of ideas being bounced around.

Model pack for Angry Birds by Andrea Torrejon
Character design is one of the most fun, demanding and exciting parts of the pre-production process.

Character designers work closely with the producer and director to determine the look and feel of a project. Design a character for a film like The Lion King, and your work can have enduring global appeal.

Our character design evening class is taught by Andrea Torrejon, who did the character model sheets and turnarounds the the Angry Birds movie.

To see more about the character design course, read this post.  And to read an interview with Andrea, and see more of her work, follow this link.

Recommended Reading
We recommend these books


1. How to Draw and Paint Crazy Cartoon Characters: Create Original Characters with Lots of Personality Paperback – March 1, 2007 - by Vincent Woodcock

2. Creating Characters with Personality: For Film, TV, Animation, Video Games, and Graphic Novels by Tom Bancroft.

To see the official course page, follow this link.

The Escape Studios Animation Blog offers a personal view on the art of animation and visual effects. To apply for our BA/MArt in 3D Animation, follow this link.  To apply for our storyboarding evening class, visit this page here.  For the next 12 week animation course, click here. And to apply for the next evening class in Producing Animation, see this page.  

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