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Intro to Character Design/2


This course will introduce you to the basics of creating characters, and drawing digitally. It is high­ly rec­om­mend­ed that stu­dents with min­i­mal dig­i­tal draw­ing and design expe­ri­ence start with this course. This course is a pre­req­ui­site for our more advanced cours­es includ­ing Char­ac­ter Design 1, 2D Ani­ma­tion, Crea­ture Design and Figure Drawing.

A char­ac­ter design­er cre­ates the look and feel of char­ac­ters for video games, film, ani­ma­tion and illus­tra­tion. Strong draw­ing skills and fun­da­men­tals are required to cre­ate any type of real­is­tic or stylised char­ac­ters. At CDW Stu­dios there are many workshops that use the principles taught in char­ac­ter design. Top­ics will include per­spec­tive, anato­my, draw­ing con­struc­tion, draw­ing sim­ple forms in 3D space, colour, design prin­ci­ples, sto­ry­telling and draw­ing in Photoshop.

This cours­e is aimed at begin­ners and will give you the per­fect foun­da­tion for your art career.

Each week you will watch a demo of the instruc­tor drawing live, you are wel­come to follow along with the instruc­tor and ask ques­tions. After each class you will receive your home­work assign­ment for the week, and at the begin­ning of each class you will receive feed­back on your work.

Topics that will be covered throughout the 12 week workshop:

  • Construction, and drawing forms.
  • Drawing poses, faces and hands.
  • Communicating feeling through gesture.
  • Shape design and style.
  • Archetypes.
  • Basic rendering with colour to create a finished character.

The hardware requirements for the workshop are:

  • Laptop (MacBook Pro or i7 PC laptop with 16GB RAM are recommended).
  • Wacom tablet. Any size is good.
  • Notepad and pens/pencils for note-taking.

Software requirements:

  • Photoshop

2020 - Semester 1
Mar 03 - Jun 02

6:00PM - 9:00PM

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