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Fundamentals of Character Design

with Randy Bishop
4.9 (75)
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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Sheyla Aliyeva Newham

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it was great, I'm glad I watched it.
I recommend it for All levels
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Jacqueline

13 days ago

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Oh my goodness. Randy is such an amazing instructor and such a humble person. Wow. I didn't know there was so much I could kow. Super amazing to hear his thoughts and learn from his explainations. Wow. Probably the best illustration course I've come accross so far (and I did a BA in illustration).
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Thank you ever so much. I would love to learn more from this teacher. Another draw along course perhaps? Fantastic.
I recommend it for Intermediate
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Chris

1 month ago

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This course was very well constructed. It’s more of a lecture series, but one you won’t want to miss. I really appreciate Randy’s practical approach. I felt like I was learning from a friend. The videos are so informative that you will finish all of them before you know it. And you will want more. I
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definitely feel like I have more knowledge to push my character designs to a level that I would not be able to had I not watched these videos.
I recommend it for All levels
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Misty M

1 month ago

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Great class! I’ve enjoyed viewing Randy’s work online for years and it was exciting to get some insight into his process. Very inspiring, made me want to hone in some skills and work harder to get really proficient. Thanks for this course!
I recommend it for Intermediate
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Kat

1 month ago

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I found it insightful, Randy Bishop inspires respect as a character designer, thank you for putting in the time to making this course, as an aspiring character designer I found this course inspiring and helpful to see a sense of direction I should be taking going forward.
I recommend it for All levels
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Zhanna Bulankova

1 month ago

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I recommend it for Intermediate
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Sopa

1 month ago

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I think this was an awesome course overall! It was very informative, I learned a lot, and was inspired by the lesson. The teacher had many good and interesting examples, and made an overall amazing course. 10/10 :))
I recommend it for Intermediate
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Christian

1 month ago

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Randy is an excellent and very humble teacher. His work is really inspiring and his passion is communicative. The explanations are very clear, to the point and well illustrated. Thank you Randy!
I recommend it for Intermediate
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Mufeed Al-Hashim

1 month ago

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I learned a lot in this course from a great artist.
I recommend it for Intermediate
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Alice

1 month ago

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Amazing! One of the best course about character design. Te instructor used many examples that help a lot to find the element of a good design. I loved the lesson about sheets.
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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