Students

Possible Topics


Unique character design
Archetypes
Body types
Facial features
Personalities and attitude
History profile
Character sketches (drawing)

Character roles
Primary and Secondary roles
Supporting elements
Fairytales and other short stories
Short story / Feature length

Human motion / poses
Body language (emotion)
Facial performance
Poses
Acting and expression

Animal design
Snakes, fish, non-legged creatures
2 legged creature: birds, etc.
4 legged creatures
spiders, and other multi-legged creatures
animal motion and emotion

Design Elements and Principles
Line
Color
Shape
Cropping / balance
Compositional strategies
Layering
Drawing using basic shapes
Using Guidelines
Line Thickness
Head shape

Styles of Characters
Realistic
Cartoon
Hybrid
Collage
Vector
Sketchy

Research:
Each assignment must be preceded by research
Google
Library
Direct observation
Photography

Presentation methods:
Google Presentation/Prezi
Blogs

Drawing techniques:
Direct observation - view finder frame
Positioning of the model
Composition / positioning of the elements
Proportions
Thumbnails
Rough sketch
Contour drawing
Refined drawing
Light source:
Hatching / Cross Hatching - find your natural motion/direction
Shading / blending
Squirkling - squiggles and scribbles
Value: darks and lights / contrast / key
Highlights
Shadows
Texture (implied and actual)
Pattern

Real to Stylized:
Eyes
Ears
Noses
Mouths
Hands
Feet

Head shapes
Basic shapes
Cranial Mass

Facial Feature:
Facial Guidelines

Body shapes:
Basic shapes
Proportions 7.5 head high is average for a realistic man

Zoo trip 1:
Realistic animals (focus on proportions, lighting and textures (detail):
5 fish
5 four legged creatures
5 two legged creatures (can be monkeys, birds, etc)

Conveying weight:
Figure drawing
Cartoon drawing

Caricatures:
Portraits

Age Progression:
Portraits

Depicting Gender:
Humans
Animals

Facial Expressions:
(Use a mirror or observe another person demonstrating exaggerated emotions)
Emotions
Age
Archetypes

Action / Poses:
Line of Action (arcs)
Rest pose
Running/Walking
Flying
Athletic motion

Cartoon Effects:
stars, bursts, lines, etc.

Personification of Animals:
Anthropomorphised characters
Transformation of limbs
Facial features
Poses

Hybrid forms:
Animal combinations
Animal and human
Machine and human
Nature and animal
Object and animal/human
New species (invent your own)

Exaggeration:
Body language
Facial Expression
Situation