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Character Design

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Character Design


This excellent Character Design course will teach you to design characters for your next creative project. Learn a whole host of methods and techniques from two creative professionals: a concept artist and graphic designer, both of whom have an abundance of insider tips for you. The main tools used in this course are Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, but most of the techniques can be applied in similar applications.

Our learning material is available to students 24/7 anywhere in the world, so it’s extremely convenient. These intensive online courses are open to everyone, as long as you have an interest in the topic! We provide world-class learning led by IAP, so you can be assured that the material is high quality, accurate and up-to-date.

What skills will I gain?

  • Learn how to choose the right file format when exporting your work is crucial
  • Learn how to interpret and stick to a brief, in order to avoid missing out key details
  • Learn to add colour to your design, how to shade and highlight, and how to add mid-tones
  • Learn to add texture to your characters to make your artwork more unique

Meet the Instructor:

Martin is a Certified Adobe Design Master and Instructor. He has worked as a designer with companies like Disney, Warner Brothers, Cartoon Network, Sony Pictures, Mattel, and DC Comics. He is currently working in London as a designer and instructor as well as providing a range of services, from live online training to consultancy work, to individuals worldwide.

Almu Redondo is a storyboard artist, visual development and concept artist from Spain with passion for stories. She was born with a pencil in her hands. She has worked as visual development artist for animation films and TV series, as well as concept artist and storyboard artist for the VFX industry for clients like Disney, LucasArts, The Weistein Company or Universal, with work in films as Jason Bourne, iBoy or Stratton, Star Wars Battle Quads advertisement and TV Series like Plebs III.

Course Outline:

  • Module 01: Intro To Character Animation
  • Module 02: Concept Stage
  • Module 03: Design Stage
  • Module 04: Conclusion

How will I be assessed?

  • You will have one assignment. Pass mark is 65%.
  • You will only need to pay £19 for assessment.
  • You will receive the results within 72 hours of submittal, and will be sent a certificate in 7-14 days.

What Certification am I going to receive?

Those who successfully pass this course will be awarded a Character Design certificate. Anyone eligible for certification will receive a free e-certificate.

What are requirements?

  • You must be 16 or over
  • You should have a basic understanding of English, Maths and ICT
  • You will need a computer or tablet with internet connection (or access to one)

What careers can I get with this qualification?

With this qualification, you are able to fulfil various roles, such as:

  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Animation
  • Character Design

PLEASE NOTE: We do not provide any software with this course.

Key Features

Gain an accredited UK qualification

Access to excellent quality study materials

Learners will be eligible for TOTUM Discount Card

Personalized learning experience

One year’s access to the course

Support by phone, live chat, and email

Course Curriculum Total Units : 24
01: Intro To Character Animation
1. Introduction
2. Brief
02: Concept Stage
1. Style
2. Shapes
3. Proportions
4. Silhouette
5. Contrast
6. Balance
7. Unity with Variety
8. Rhythm & Values
9. Colors
03: Design Stage
1. Document Setup
2. Basic Shapes
3. Combining Shapes
4. Animation
5. Pencil Tool
6. Pen Tool
7. Adding Colors
8. Details
9. Shading
10. Texture
04: Conclusion
1. Exporting Characters
2. Conclusion
3. Timelapse
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