Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Escape Studios Character Design Competition

Many congratulations to Cara Lambert, Sofia Antonova and Augusto Galvao who placed first, second and third in our character design competition. Escape Studios hosted a competition to find a new character to join our family of avatars (such as the ones above).  Cara won a free place on our storyboarding evening class, Sofia won tickets to London Comic Con and Augusto won £100 of movie tickets.  Congratulations to them all, and also to the runners-up, on their excellent work.

1st Prize: Cara Lambert
Escape Studios Character Design Competition
To enter the competition, the designers were asked to create a character in their own design style and in some way be related to the courses or the disciplines that we offer at Escape Studios.

The winning entries, ranked from 1 to 3, were selected by our Character Design course tutor, Sam Nassour.

  • 1st prize - a free space on our 2D Character Design (8 weeks) or Storyboarding (8 weeks) evening course
  • 2nd prize - 2 tickets to London Comic Con 2019 
  • 3rd prize - £100 cinema gift voucher
The winners of this competition also had their work posted on the Escape Studios website and on social media platforms.

There were some amazing entries from a number of our student artists. 

2nd Prize: Sofia Antonova
The winners were announced on the 20th September 2019.

The Winners
In first place was Cara Lambert, who won a spot on our evening class in Storyboarding, taught by Blue Zoo storyboard veteran Francesca "Chess" Adams.

In second place was Sofia Antonova, who won two tickets to the London ComicCon. 

In third place Augusto Galvao, who won £100 of movie tickets.

Other excellent entries included work by Tom Drew (right) Eilin Pena, Harriet Bourhill, and Lucy Crewe. 

The Judge
Judging the competition was our very own Sam Nassour, lead tutor for our character design class. Sam lives and works in London, and specialises in art direction and visual development. You can see Sam's website here.

3rd prize, Augusto Galvao
Character Design class
Our four week character design class, taught by Sam Nassour, and our evening class in character design, taught by Andrea Torrejon, teach the art and craft of designing characters for different media, with a strong focus on industry relevance.

Both classes are designed to take artists through all the stages necessary to submit polished character design work to studios, whether for TV, feature films, games or new media.

Learning character design isn't just about drawing cool characters; it is also about learning what the industry actually needs from a character designer - turnarounds, model packs and an animation "bible". 

Character design is one of the most demanding, interesting and competitive parts of the pre-production process. Character designers work closely with the producer and director to determine the look and feel of a project.

Evening class in character design
Our character design evening class is taught by Andrea Torrejon, who worked as in-house designer on the new Disney TV Series "101 Dalmation St", working at Passion Pictures in Soho.

Andrea did character model sheets and turnarounds for the Angry Birds TV series, and Angry Birds: Stella.  Andrea is also a great teacher, who gets excellent reviews from our students. "Andrea was fantastic, very motivating and knowledgeable" - is a typical review of her teaching style.

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.

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