Assignments - Summer 2011 - ARTC4950 - Bowling Green State University
syllabus | schedule | topics | assignments | class notes | resources | students | ARTC courses
Turning in files
• Assignments are due in the Homework folder prior to the beginning of class or must be brought to class in paper form.
• Revised project files are due by the end of the course.
Description Dates
Assignment 1

Assignment 1 - Blog Setup

To do: Create a blog on By default, it will create the blog with your username and this blog will be for you to use throughout the time you are at BGSU.

Create another blog for the class:
Go to and log in then click on Dashboard on the right.
Click Create Another Blog
Under Blog Name type artc4950username - replace username with YOUR username
It is IMPORTANT to use this naming scheme.

Blog Title should be Your name's Character Design Blog
It does not matter if you want your blog to appear in the search engine.

Blog Type: Student
Blog Subtype: College of Arts and Sciences

Click Create Blog

On the next page, click LOGIN (in the text)

Click the Appearance:

At the bottom, go to Page 5 and at the top of the page, click the Mandigo
At the top right, click Activate "Mandigo"

***USE the Photoshop template to add your image. The Blog template chops off a part of your image so the photoshop file compensates for that. Make sure you turn off the "Turn off before Saving" folder in the Photoshop Layers before using Save for Web & Devices.

In the blog Dashboard: In the Appearance sections select Custom Image Header
(You need to have an image ready to go that is 800 wide x 250 high JPG)
Click Choose File and select your image. Upload

To see it, click Visit Site on top

To customize the side bar, click Appearance - Widgets then
Click Add next to Calendar
Add Links
Add Recent Posts
Add Recent Comments

Then SAVE Changes

Go to the Comments menu item and remove the first comment (check mark on it and Bulk Actions: Delete)

Click Settings menu and change the Tagline to Creative Caracter Development
Save Changes

Click the Arrow next to Settings and select Discussion
UNCHECK- A comment is held for moderation
UNCHECK - Comment author must have a previously approved comment

  1. To add something to your blog use the POSTS - Add New - Don't forget to click Publish
  2. To change a posting, use the Edit - Don't forget to click Update Post
  3. To add images to a blog page, use the Media - Add New link. Use the Browser Uploader if you have any problems.
  4. Test to make sure we can get to the blog from the class website (Student Page).
We will be using the blog to post ideas, research, exercises and assignments as well as using it to critique each others work.
Due: Tues May 17
Assignment 2

Assignment 2 - Research Extremities and Facial Features

DUE: Monday, May 16

Overview: With a partner, research the feature that has been assigned to you. Find both realistic and stylized examples. Collect visual examples, look up information about the anatomy of the feature, find drawing references and tutorials that discuss the drawing and design in relationship to the feature. Put together a reference and tutorial to teach other students the important aspects of drawing the feature that you were assigned.

The tutorial must be divided into 2 sections:

Realistic Drawing

Stylized Drawing (can include cartoon, fantasy, anime, disney-style, etc.)


David Baldridge & Peter Mills - Noses
Katherine Bolan & Candace McConnell - Eyes
Joe Fraser & Amanda Revell - Ears
Stephanie Luettke & Pam Riggs - Mouths
Kyle O'Brien & Doug Renning - Feet
Timothy Steele & Victoria Ryder - Hands
Leah Troller & Emily Short - Eye Brows
Project Technical Requirements:

  • Use Google Presentation Tool to put together a presentation for the class.
Presentation Technical How To:
  • You need a gmail account
  • Once logged into gmail, click Documents on the top of the page
  • Go to File - NEW - Presentation
  • It is fairly self explanatory to insert images, etc.
  • Click Untitled Presentation to give it a title
  • When done - Pull down Share - Publish/Embed - Publish it
  • Player size can be Large
  • Copy the code on the page and put it in a text file and put it in the homework folder with you and your partner's name on it.
I will put some reference materials in the homework folder:

    Anatomy for the Artists (in the homework folder)

Presentation (5 to 15 minutes in length):

Using Google Presentation, you will talk to the class about how to draw the feature you were assigned.

Part 1: You will discuss the Realistic anatomy of the feature and show examples of muscles, bones or other important things we need to know. Talk about drawing styles that might be effective.

Part 2: Then you will talk about, and show examples of stylized versions of this feature. Discuss how the artist altered or incorporated the realistic aspects of the feature into the stylized version.


Due: Mon May 16

Assignment 3

Assignment 3: Focus on Features

DUE: Monday, May 16

Overview: Portfolio Preparation - Focus on Features. Working from observation, you need to draw the features of the other students in the class.

Description: Draw one page with 5 to 10 REALISTIC drawings of each feature listed below:

  • Eyes
  • Noses
  • Mouths/Lips/Teeth


  • Each person has 10 minutes per person to draw each other's eye(s). If you are not able to complete it in 10 minutes, take a photograph of the eye or make an appointment with the person after class so you can come back to the drawing for refinement. Focus on specific elements that make up and eye (lashes, skin creases, pupil, etc.)

  • After finishing the eye, we will repeat the process for the Eye Brows, then Noses, then Mouths, etc.

Project Technical Requirements:

  • If you use the computer, make sure you set up the file to be at least 11 x 17 at 150 or 300 dpi. If you use paper make sure you use the same size for all your drawings so your portfolio looks professional when it is presented.
  • The finished page should look something like this:


Project Artistic Requirements:
  • Combine the drawings in an artistic manner so the page looks well designed.

Due: Tues May 17

Assignment 4

Assignment 4: Research Stylization of Features

DUE: Wed. May 18

Overview: Stylization of Facial Features: Eyes, Noses, and Mouths.

Part 1: Research and gather different examples of stylized facial features: 20 eyes, 20 mouths, and 20 noses. You may take photographs, grab them off the web, scan books, etc. Think about children's books, old and contemporary cartoons, sci-fi, superheros, Saturday morning and Nickelodeon cartoons, cult classics, animation characters, fanasy figures, etc.

Part 2: With your assigned partner, combine your collectiosn and organize the eyes, noses and mouths into categories. You can invent your own categories or use obvious groupings.

Part 3: Create a presentation of your collections and when you present it, discuss why you categorized them the way you did.


DO NOT forget to use Command Shift 4 to get just the feature you need.

Partners have been chosen by

Katherine and Kyle
Amanda and Peter
David and Pamela
Stephanie and Leah
Joe and Doug
Candace and Tim and Emily

Project Technical Requirements:

  • Use the Google Presentation tool and put together a presentation with images and information for the class. Copy the Code and for me to embed the presentation in the class web page. Turn the text file into the homework folder.
Presentation Requirements:
  • Your presentation should be 5 to 10 minutes.

Due: Wed. May 18

Assignment 5

Assignment 5: Drawing Stylized Facial Features

DUE: Wed. May 18

Overview: Drawing a variety of different types of facial features.

Description: Draw one page filled with a variety of sylized eyes, another page of noses, another of mouths. Your page must include a WIDE variety of types and include styles you have never drawn before - do not revert back to the typical style you always use. This is a STUDY of possibilities - be experimental.

Project Requirements:

  • Creatively fill the page.

Due: Wed. May 18

Assignment 6

Assignment 6: Animals Attributes

DUE: Wed. May 18

Overview: Looking at Animal Attributes in Detail.

Description: Choose an animal from the list of animals that live at the Toledo Zoo and research (in detail) their unique features. You will do a short presentation on that animal that will help the class know what to look for if they go to draw it while at the zoo. You may include anatomy, closeups of facial features, detailed images or drawings of hoofs, claws, beaks, and other body parts. You may also discuss personality attributes or other things important about the animal.

Sign up for one of the following animals:

Project Technical Requirements:

  • Use the Google Presentation tool and put together a presentation with images and information for the class. Copy the Code and for me to embed the presentation in the class web page. Turn the text file into the homework folder.
Presentation Requirements:
  • Your presentation should be 5 to 10 minutes.

Due: Wed. May 18

Assignment 7

Assignment 7: Animal Drawings at the Zoo

DUE: Thursday, May 19

Overview: Draw various types of animalsrealistically.

Description: While at the zoo, spend time and draw a variety of animals and focus on proportions, textures, volume, shading, and detail. Draw the following:

5 fish
5 four legged creatures
5 two legged creatures (can be monkeys, birds, etc)
3 reptiles and/or butterflies and/or insects
Any other thing you want ;-)


  • We will car pool to the zoo andpitch in to help pay for gas and the parking. Zoo admission costs $11 and Parking is $6 per vehicle. Gas may be around $10 to get there and back. if each person gave the driver $3.00 (provided there are 5 passengers) or $4.00 for 4 passengers, that should cover it. Bring food money or pack a lunch.

Project Requirements:

  • Bring a decent sized drawing pad - one you will not mind hauling around all day.
  • Fill the page - you can have a single drawing of the animal or multiple views of the same animal on a single page.
  • The level of detail is up to you. Strive for realism - not stylized or cartoon.

You will need to show three pages with multiple animal sketches at your final critique.

Due: Thur May 19

Assignment 8

Assignment 8: Drawing Characters with Dr. Catalano

DUE: Fri. May 20

In class workshop: scribble characters, proportions, action pose


Due: Mon May 23

Assignment 9

Assignment 9: Collage workshop

DUE: Mon. May 23

Create a collage of a character. Focus on interesting juxtapositions.



Due: Mon May 23

Assignment 10

Assignment 10: Scanning for the Blog

DUE: Friday. May 27

Overview: Scan your drawings and post them on the blog.


  • Use the scanners in the lab to scan your images and post them on your blog.

Your blog should contain drawings of:

  • Eyes
  • Noses
  • Mouths
  • Stylized Noses
  • Stylized Mouths
  • Stylized Eyes
  • 3 pages of animal drawings
  • drawings produced in Dr. Catalano's workshop (scribble - defining form, action pose, create a character)
  • collage created in Marce Dupay's workshop
  • one caricature
  • three character drawings using different styles
  • three characters with distorted body parts
  • one model sheet with

Due: Tues May 24

Assignment 11

Assignment 11: Character Artists

DUE: Tues. May 24

Overview: Do a short presentation on your favorite character artist or one that you admire a lot. Also do a presentation of the work of one character artist that is new to you - someone you never knew existed before you conducted this research.

Motivation: It is important to know people in the field of character design. You can be influenced or inspired by their work or they might be a good resource for advice or a connection to a job opportunity.


  • Use the google presenation tool to make TWO different short presenations. Send me the link and namse of the people you are presenting so I can link it up to the webpage.

Favorite Character Artists

Newly Discovered Character Artists


Due: Tues May 24

Assignment 12

Assignment 12: Drawing using Various Artistic Styles

DUE: Tues. May 24

Overview: Draw or create collages to develop three characters using styles that are fresh to you. Write a short character profile describing the character's attributes (the ones that can't be seen such as personality, profession, family life, history, desires, etc.)


  • Create drawings or collages of three characters using a different style for each character.
  • Before beginning, think about the character's personality, profession, history, likes and dislikes. These attributes should help you select a style.
  • Be creatively different - think about juxtapostion, breaking out of stereotypes, merging existing styles in new ways, emphasizing features, clothing, props, etc. that will help to define your character.

Due: Tues May 24

Assignment 13

Assignment 13: Caricature Drawing

DUE: Tues. May 24

Overview: Draw your class mates with exaggerated facial features. We will draw as many as time allows.


  • You will have 10 minutes a piece to draw classmates in the caricature style
  • Focus on creating a likeness, maintaining volume, and emphasizing key features.

Due: Tue May 24

Assignment 14

Assignment 14: Human Proportions

DUE: Wed. May 25

Overview: Create one basic outline drawing of a human being (make or female). You may use a classmate or yourself as reference. Using lines, grids and other markings, draw a proportional system over the body and explain it to the class. Markup both the body and face.

Description: Throughout history civilizations have used various methods to calculate the relationship and proportions of various parts of the human body. Do research on various proportion systems and grids used to help figure out how how tall a body is, how to place the facial features correctly, how to figure out how long the arms and legs are, etc.

Draw a body with lines to indicate a proportial system that relates to the body you drew. Your proportion system can be an existing one or be creatively new. You will be expected to discuss the proportional systems that you researched and show your drawing of the body with the markings.


  • Fill the page. There does not need to be a lot of detail on the body but it needs to have markings to indicate the system you are using.

Project Requirements:

  • You will do one short presentation talking about the proportional system(s) you found. If you want to show images, you may.
  • You will show your drawing of the body with your own(or an existing) proportional system drawn on it.



Proportion Presentations


Due: Wed May 25

Assignment 15

Assignment 15: Distorted Bodies

DUE: Thurs. May 26

Overview: Create three character sketches with distorted features. Create one of each of the following:

  • Elongated or shortened limbs (legs and/or arms)
  • Exaggerated facial feature
  • Distorted belly, butt, tail, or chest


  • Create drawings or collages of three different characters with distorted features.
  • Scan these in or create them on the computer and post them onto your blog.

Due: Thur May 26

Assignment 16

Assignment 16: Designing Hybrid Forms and create a Model Sheet

DUE: Thurs. May 26

Overview: Create a character that is a creative combination of animal, machine and/or plant forms. Research the parts you will need - look at references, get someone to pose for you, make prelininary sketches. After the character design is fairly solid in your mind, create a number of sketches for your model sheet. Combine them creatively onto one page to be used as your model sheet.


The model sheet should consist of:

  • Name of Character
  • One full body fully rendered drawing with color of the character in a dynamic pose. No T poses.
  • At least 3 expression sketches
  • At least 3 other sketches of poses
  • Frontal, 3/4, back, and profile drawing with linear markings or some other proportional markings
  • Optional: Design work on the page or a background behind some parts of the modelsheet

Due: Thurs May 26

Assignment 17

Assignment 17: Final Critique

DUE: Fri. May 27

21 total drawings

Grades: The work will be assessed on Quality and Quantity. Your participation will be assessed based on attendance and participation in all research projects.

A: To receive an A, you must have all drawings on both the blog and shown at the final crit and the quality of the work must be outstanding.

B: To receive a B, you must have at least 17 drawings on the blog and at the crit and the quality of the work must be pretty good.

C: To receive a C, you must have at least 12 drawings at the crit and on the blog. The quality of your work is average and could use some work.

D: If you have less than 12 of the required work, you may end up with a D, especially if the quality is average or below average.

***If you have the drawings but do not have them posted on the blog, they do not count. The final crit will look at the actual drawings but I will be grading from the blog.

Final Drawings Professionally Presented and posted on the blog - Due:

  • page of Eyes
  • page of Noses
  • page of Mouths
  • page of Stylized Noses
  • page of Stylized Mouths
  • page of Stylized Eyes
  • 3 pages of animal sketches - each page needs multiple sketches on them
  • 3 drawings produced in Dr. Catalano's workshop (scribble - defining form, action pose, create a character)
  • collage created in Marce Dupay's workshop
  • one caricature
  • 3 character drawings using different styles
  • 3 characters with distorted body parts
  • one model sheet with all the required elements



Due: Fri May 27