Introduction to Character Design: The Most Important Elements

Tom Bancroft, Author/ Character Designer/ Animator/ Director

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6 Lessons (1h 44m)
    • 1. Introduction

      1:53
    • 2. Lesson 1A

      17:20
    • 3. Lesson 1B

      22:26
    • 4. Assignment

      2:10
    • 5. Lesson 2A

      38:47
    • 6. Lesson 2B

      21:30
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About This Class

Introduction To Character Design gives you all the basic insights you need to start your journey into the world of character design including: 

  • How to sketch
  • The three (most important) elements of character design
  • Rotating your character’s head in space
  • Simple and complex shapes
  • Breaking up the characters’ clothing into a stronger design
  • Asking questions of yourself

Lesson 1:
• What is Character Design and how does it fit into the process of animation, video games, and illustration?
• Start your character design with a reason, an idea and a personality
• The basics - How to hold your pencil and asking questions.
• SHAPE Based character design
• The fundamental lesson of character design: it is made up of three concepts: Shape, Size, and Variety.
• Now introduce the concept of adding SIZE and VARIETY to your shapes.
• What about character style? Do I need one? How do I get one?

Lesson 2:
• Tom Bancroft will create sketches and walk the artist through his thought process
• Suggestions for the artist on how to continue forward with the project to take it to final.