I will be teaching Character Design class (Continuing Education, open to the public) this summer.
Here’s the info:
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Instructor: Katia Wish
June 3-July 17
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2pm-6pm
Course Description: Through a variety of observational exercises (drawing from children and adult models, trips to the Museum of Natural History to draw animals), students learn basic anatomy and movements of children, adults and animals. The students develop one or more characters and the environments that they live in that could work with either children’s books, video games, graphic novels, animation or comic books. The emphasis is on creating strong, believable characters who are consistent through a variety of facial expressions and movements.
Few points regarding the class:
1. The class will be structured in such a way that the students will be able to create work that is necessary for their portfolio. After observational drawing, the students can take their character development in any direction you need – realistic, stylized, simplified, cute, scary, mythical animals, people, hybrid creatures, etc, etc. Whatever the students need for their portfolio – character development for a children’s book, animation, video games, comic books, they’ll go in that direction.
2. In this class the students will have an opportunity to draw not only from adult models, but also from children models. Children’s anatomy, movements, body proportions are very different from adults, so it’s a really valuable drawing practice, especially if you are interested in children’s books and animation.
3. The students will develop unique characters in different poses, facial expressions. They will also design the attire, any props and objects that character uses, and develop the environment the character lives in.
4. This class could be a starting point for a bigger project that the students might want to develop later – children’s book, animation project, graphic novel, etc.
It should be a really fun and open class where students can develop work they are really excited about.