Monday, 18 June 2018

Character Design Returns on 29 October

Character Designs by Andrea Torrejon
Our popular Character Design Evening Class is returning to Escape Studios on Monday 29th October 2018.

Character Design is an 8 week evening class, running until 17th December, taught by Andrea Torrejon, veteran of Angry Birds, and in-house designer at one of London's leading boutique animation houses, Passion Pictures.

Like all of our courses, this class is taught by a working industry professional; Andrea will guide students through the principles of character design, building up to a live industry brief.

Model pack for Angry Birds by Andrea Torrejon
What's this about?
Character design - one of the most demanding and interesting - but also competitive - parts of the pre-production process.

What do character designers do?
Character designers work closely with the producer and director to determine the look and feel of a project.  Design a character for a blockbuster project and your work can have enduring global appeal.

Course tutor
Designs for "Stella" by Andrea Torrejon
Our character design evening class is taught by Andrea Torrejon, who (amongst many other projects) did the character model sheets and turnarounds the the Angry Birds TV series, and Angry Birds: Stella.

She's 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.

Where and when
Character Design Starts 29 October and runs until December 17th at our mid-town campus at 190 High Holborn.


Video taster
To get an idea of what's involved, watch the free video below, a brief introduction to the art and craft of character design - a webinar that I recorded a few months ago.

The webinar is 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. 

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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