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

Cecile Noldus, Animation Artist

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

      2:45
    • 2. 2. basic materials 4:45 min.

      4:45
    • 3. 3. from doodle to character 2:00 min.

      1:59
    • 4. 4. shape language 2 min.

      2:01
    • 5. 5. cut out shapes combined with objects 1 min.

      1:06
    • 6. 6. how to animate potatoes 1:31 min.

      1:31
    • 7. 7. build a creature step by step 4:24 m.

      4:23
    • 8. 8. now it´s your turn! 1 min.

      1:00

Project Description

ASSIGNMENT

You can relate to one of the exercises in the videos.

1. Fill a paper with a doodle, than move with a piece of plastic (with small eyes drawn on it) over the drawing and look for hidden creatures. Draw your favorite creature. Or draw with someone else! That is also fun!

2. Draw lot´s of basic forms (or combined forms) on a strong piece of paper or cardboard, using a thick black marker. Draw small and bigger forms, like in the video. Cut them all out carefully, until you have a nice collection of shapes and forms. Now go and collect all kind of everyday objects, look at the forms or textures, can you imagine them to be part of a creature? Then put both collections on a table and start playing with them and combine them. You will find the most funny creatures! Make pictures of them and post them here! 

3. Try to make a small model like in the video about building a puppet. If you have the right materials. You should be able to get these materials in hobby shops. Have fun!

DELIVERABLE

1.The doodle itself, the characters you found in the doodle and your favorite character.

2. A picture of the shape and form combination.

3. Or create a small puppet! It can be totally crazy and not perfect. It should be fun! Take some plastiline and connect it to some things, whatever, do it!

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