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Fundamentals of Character Design

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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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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
  • Full lifetime access

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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About the Instructor

Randy Bishop
Character Designer & Content Creator
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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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Which courses are included in the Masterclass?

Currently, the Masterclass includes the following 8 pre-recorded courses:

  1. Character Design by Kenneth Anderson
  2. Anatomy & Gestures by Warren Louw
  3. Creature Design by Kenneth Anderson and Loopydave
  4. Environment Design by Michael Bills and Kenneth Anderson
  5. How to draw a cartoon character by Maria Lia Malandrino
  6. Lighting and Shading by Maria Lia Malandrino
  7. Posing for Character Design by Chamba
  8. Creating a Male Superhero by Tom Bancroft (free)

You can see an overview of all 8 here: https://www.21-draw.com/masterclass/illustrator-masterclass/

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If you are an absolute beginner with no or very little art experience we recommend checking out our books instead.

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Many lessons in our courses work for both digital and traditional art. However, there are a few tutorials where a digital drawing software will come in handy for example Photoshop or Procreate for iPad. But for the majority of lessons it is more about the underlying concepts.

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