ARTC 4000 Creative Character Design Topics
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Exercises:
Ideas

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


Ideas

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