Monday, 17 February 2020

Character Design is Back on 24 August

Sam Nassour
Our full-time Character Design class is returning to Escape Studios on 24 August, taught by leading character designer Sam Nassour.

Sam will be teaching our full-time intensive four week character design class, starting on Monday 24th August.

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 design styles with great versatility

Sam is a character designer at Blue Zoo
Character Design with Sam Nassour
This character design class is all about designing characters for different media, with a strong focus on industry relevance.

Our four week character design class is an intensive summer course 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.

Fox by Sam Nassour
Originally from Syria, Sam Nassour is 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 is taught by an experienced industry tutor and is focused on industry-relevant outcomes. You can see Sam's website here.

What's in the course?

Week 1 - Introduction to Character Design.
This week will begin with introductory exercises, exploring creativity, ideas and finding inspiration for stories.

Students will also touch on gesture drawing, fast sketches, and ways to research characters.

Girl with towel by Sam Nassour
How do students create designs which have character? And how can this character be captured in a single, still image?

Sam will also explore situations and character-driven scenarios.

Week 2 - Industry character design process.
In week two students take a close look at the work of some leading character designers and how they work. This week includes 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 will look at how to designing human characters, including life drawing, human anatomy, gesture drawing and character poses.

Week 4 - Turnarounds and Model Packs
"Captain Whiskers" by Sam Nassour
Character design is very much about making your work industry-ready, so that it can be used withint the studio pipeline. This final week will include character Situations, the interaction of character with story, model packs, turnarounds, blend shapes and rigging studies for the CG dept. The final week culminates in an industry briefing, mirroring a live studio brief.

Student Work
To see examples of character design student work at Escape Studios, follow the links below:

Sign up
To sign up for the 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.  

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