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Fundamentals of Character Design

with Randy Bishop
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Follow along with Randy and get the wisdom to better understand the thought and effort that should accompany character design, as well as the most important things to keep in mind during the process.
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6
lessons
intermediate to advanced
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Randy Bishop

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Randy has been working as a character designer and illustrator for several years from his home in Eastern Idaho, where he lives with his beautiful wife and four children. His work has been featured in numerous books, magazine covers, graphic novels, video game cinematics and trailers, television shows, and feature films. 

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Requirements

  • A fundamental knowledge of the principles and elements of design is necessary to understand and benefit from the material.
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Description

Character design is about more than technical skill. This course will help you to think like a designer and understand the most important aspects of the process, including: 

  • Story
  • Stylization
  • Theme/Focus
  • Character Relationships
  • A Designer’s Responsibilities
  • And many more.

Follow along with Randy Bishop and get a better understanding of the thought and effort that should accompany character design as well as the most important things to keep in mind during the process.

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What you’ll learn

  • Learn to think like a designer and understand the character design process
  • Understand the most important aspects of the storytelling process
  • Learn to identify and differentiate between the common character archetypes
  • Learn why costuming is a vitally important part of character design
  • Learn how to create character model sheets to aid the production team to take your design into production
  • Learn how to effectively design a character lineup that works
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Who is this course for

  • For artists who are looking for a way to enhance their character design prowess.
  • For you who want to design characters for animation.
  • For Intermediate / Advanced levels.
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This course includes

  • 2+ hours of on-demand videos

Lesson Plan

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01

Intro & Stylization

17:27

Get to know Randy, your teacher! 

In this intro, Randy sets the expectations for the upcoming videos on character design as well goes into the concept of storytelling and stylization.

02

Character Archetypes

16:08

Watch as Randy presents and explains the 13 common character archetypes as well as how to use archetypes properly. Common archetypes are like: The Hero or The Warrior, The Rebel or Outlaw Character, The Explorer, The Creator and many more.

03

It’s all about the process

40:39

Learn the importance of the thought behind a design. This video includes a time-lapse.

04

Costume Design

16:48

The main thing to think about when designing the costume for a character is to think about the character story and the whole story from beginning to end. And think about the costume being designed differently in different points.

05

Model Sheets

19:20

Here Randy will describe what model sheets, how to effectively create them and the examination of the nuances of expression.

06

Designing a Character Lineup

14:42

In the last and final lesson Randy will speak about the character interactions and how a lineup should affect your design decisions.

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Bhargavi G

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My character Design skills surely did improve after this course!
I recommend it for Intermediate
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Apranik

5 days ago

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so much great information!!! I am so recommending this for newbies in character design.
I recommend it for Intermediate
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Jamie Cavadini

1 week ago

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The teacher is clearly experienced and does a good job of explaining his thinking. It is a short course, so you will want to seek additional instruction elsewhere. But, I got enough out of it to award 5 stars. Worth taking.
I recommend it for Intermediate
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Suzanne S phillips

1 week ago

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The course was very thorough, well thought out and well executed. It has touched the most important aspects of character design and have provided golden nuggets for all artists to utilize in their character designing process
I recommend it for All levels
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SUJAY S

2 weeks ago

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Thankyou very much for this wonderful course. Its very inspiring, I really enjoyed this. Thanks again to Randy Bishop and 21Draw.
I recommend it for Intermediate
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Megan Bois

2 weeks ago

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Really helpful for me thank you!
I recommend it for All levels
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Linah Ismail G Bakhsh

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good course
I recommend it for Intermediate
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Nicolas Echeverri

2 weeks ago

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me gusto todo, tal vez se deberia aclarar que es mas teoria que practica
I recommend it for Intermediate
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Keala Bilbao

1 month ago

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Randy was very helpful in guiding the audience step-by-step in the character design course. It was inspirational and educational, and I highly recommend his class for any visual storyteller. He helps connect the importance of the character design and how it links to the actual story.
I recommend it for Intermediate
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Sheyla Aliyeva Newham

1 month ago

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it was great, I'm glad I watched it.
I recommend it for All levels
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About the Instructor

Randy Bishop
Character Designer & Content Creator 1 course

Randy has been working as a character designer and illustrator for several years from his home in Eastern Idaho, where he lives with his beautiful wife and four children. His work has been featured in numerous books, magazine covers, graphic novels, video game cinematics and trailers, television shows, and feature films.


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