DATE: 15, 16 & 17 September, 2023.
LANGUAGE during the course: English.
Online platform: Google Meet.
ONLINE ILLUSTRATION WORKSHOP | CHARACTER DESIGN | with Esther Morales.
During this three-day workshop Esther Morales (character designer for several feature films and TV shows for studios such as Cartoon Saloon, Netflix Animation, Lighthouse Studios, Anima Mexico and Gigglebug) will unravel all the steps to become a character designer for the animation industry. From the early pre-production designs to the more technical aspects of the model sheets for production work, she will illustrate these steps with examples from different artists and her own work.There will be homework after each class and in-class exercises. Including groupal critiques as a way to better understand the concepts and portfolio review.
Introduction: Bio + Professional journey.
What is the role of a character designer in the animation industry?
Pre-production and early stages of character’s concept design.
Questions + first practice: research and create concept sketches for our own personal character design.
Production artwork: Model sheets and technical work for character design (expressions, poses, turnaround, mouth shapes, colour, etc.)
Questions + second practice: choose our final design and create some poses and expressions focusing on the storytelling.
How to create and compose a professional character design portfolio.
Questions + third practice: finish the material from the previous days + gather them in an appealing template to be part of our portfolio.
Groupal critique of the final results + individual portfolio reviews.
Laptop/PC with a drawing software (Photoshop, Procreate or similar) + Tablet.
Traditional media tools (optative materials for the early creative research of the characters).
What happens if I can’t see the classes live one day?
• No problem. All classes are live but will also be recorded and posted on our platform. So you can see them whenever you want throughout the duration of the course. This means that if you cannot attend your class live at the stipulated time, you will be able to see them on the platform until the end of the course. These video-classes posted on the platform can be viewed unlimitedly during the duration of the course but cannot be copied or downloaded. They can also be viewed for 20 days once the course is over.
When can I see the classes I did not attend live?
• 24-hour access to the virtual platform where you can consult all the information or documentation of the course, access all the classes that have already been taught or the proposed exercises. When, where and at the rate you want.