|Cat by Aimee-Rose Schiele|
Sam taught our intensive four week character design class, which ran for one month in September 2019, with excellent results.
Sam is an experienced visual development artist and character designer, lately working at Blue Zoo animation in London. Sam's work exhibits a range of styles with great versatility, and he passed on these skills to our students at Escape Studios.
|"Damon" by Sole Westlake|
Sam's character design class was all about designing characters for different media, with a strong focus on industry relevance.
Originally from Syria, Sam Nassour was the lead tutor for this class; he lives and works in London, and specialises in art direction and visual development. As with all our classes at Escape Studios, it was taught by an experienced industry tutor and is focused on industry-relevant outcomes. You can see Sam's website here.
|Character design by Jamie Southwell|
Week 1 began with introductory exercises, exploring creativity, ideas and finding inspiration for stories. Students will also learned gesture drawing, fast sketches, and ways to research characters.
|Character design by Rafaella Colasuonno|
In week two students took a look at the work of some leading character designers and how they work. Week 2 included an exploration of art direction, and principles of design and visual development.
Week 3 - Character Design Technique
This week included techniques to designing animal characters, and how to base designs on real life, including animal anatomy, staging and character. Students looked at how to design human characters, including life drawing, human anatomy, gesture drawing and character poses.
|Spirit Animal by Seta Kendir|
To sign up for this year's course, follow this link to the official site. You can see Sam's website here.
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.