Dienstag, 12. November 2013

Character Design course with Stephen Silver - I

This year I treated myself to an online class at schoolism, Character Design with Sephen Silver. My course started in the middle of May and went on for about 9 weeks. Each week you get access to a new lesson to watch online as well as exercises and an assignment. You have the whole week to upload your work so it can get critiqued by Mr. Silver via video which you can then watch online and download. 

The following pic shows the first and the last assignment. We were asked to design a character based on a given description - a wealthy, jolly, elderly entrepreneur from London. At the end of the course we re-did the design we submitted in week 1. I find it pretty nice how he changed...

left - 1st week, right - last week

rough sketches from week 1

The whole course was great, inspiring and motivating and above all very helpful also in kicking my behind to exercise more on a daily basis and in blowing away the dust from some topics like perspective/construction which -I'm a bit ashamed to admit- I used to neglect a little... and it made me rediscover the fun in practicing them. Stephen Silvers critiques are easy to follow, he takes time to attentively look at the work and always comes up with helpful suggestions and tips. If you are wondering if you can do a course while working - I'd say yes. It was a tiny bit stressful at times due to some colliding work-deadlines (but that's the curse of a freelancer anyway) and besides a lot of fun it was still manageable to do the assignments. 

So, to sum up, I can definitely recommend it and I'm pretty sure I'm gonna enroll at schoolism again. Yay.

Miss Queen Mob did the course as well, a few months before me, which is why I stayed away from her blog from winter till the end of my class... :) very nice work there -LOuOK