Character design for model animation - build cool creatures out of any material!

Cecile Noldus, Animation Artist

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8 Videos (20m)
    • 1. introduction and class outline 2:45 min.

    • 2. basic materials 4:45 min.

    • 3. from doodle to character 2:00 min.

    • 4. shape language 2 min.

    • 5. cut out shapes combined with objects 1 min.

    • 6. how to animate potatoes 1:31 min.

    • 7. build a creature step by step 4:24 m.

    • 8. now it´s your turn! 1 min.


About This Class



Hi, I am Cecile Noldus, I am a visual artist and an stop motion animator from the Netherlands. I make animated art films and children films. I use all kind of materials, any object I find, a spoon, a tin can, can inspire to make a character. This is a fun thing to do, and I want to share it with you.

In this course, we start from the base with free doodling and out of this intuitive information we can create a whole world of creatures! And it is your very own, unique world! I will show you how to create this kind of doodles and how to create characters step by step. I will give you insight in good materials to use for model building on a small budget. We will build a small model step by step. And since I like animation, I will put in little pieces of animation wherever I can! 

The end product can be a small puppet, or a cool doodle . Let´s dive into our secret doodle world! Join me!

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Beauttiful class
I have been curious for awhile for some advice on materials for building characters, and so grateful to find so many new tools through this video. Plus Cecile's work is so joyful, and her teaching style is so playful--it's worth just watching for fun!
This is truly amazing. Thank you.
Kerri Klein






Cecile Noldus

Animation Artist

Hi, I am Cecile Noldus, I am a visual artist and an stop motion animator from the Netherlands, currently living in Hamburg, Germany. I make animated art films and children films, for example for Sesame Street Germany and other programs. Recently I am working on my own project "Freddy´s Crazy Kitchen", an animated world in a kitchen. Since my childhood, I see creatures everywhere, in any form, any object. That is so much fun, giving an extra dimension to every day life. I hope to share it with you in upcoming workshops!