From March to May 2014, I took the 8-week class Character Design with Stephen Silver. After having taken a series of online classes, this was my first “in-person” class, and I could not be happier about it.
The dedication and camaraderie of my classmates, along the unparalleled passion and sense of community that Stephen infuses in each lesson, make of this class a remarkable experience.
Below are some highlights from each week.
Week 1: Keys to successful drawing
- S – Story
- G – Gesture
- D – Design
- F – Form
- D – Detail
Assignment w1: Design “Mr. Boldwig” who is a stout, pink-faced, gingery man with boyish eyes, fat, jovial, kind hearted old man in his fifties.
Week 2: Fundamentals of Design 1
- Thinking – What is it to be achieved? What audience reaction do you want?
- Looking – Searching and collecting reference
- Doing – Start sketching and experimenting. Do not settle for the first idea.
While keeping in mind design fundamentals such as Construction, Use of basic shapes, Shape variation, Silhouette, Positive & Negative Space, Variety, Rhythm, etc.
- Start practicing combinations of small, medium and large basic shapes.
- Learn to draw from model sheets, without just copying the model by:
- Capturing the gesture
- Studying the construction in the character
- Evaluating what is it that you are learning from such exercise
Week 3: Fundamentals of Design 2
- How shapes identify objects
- Avoid the ladder effect
- Unity & Variety
- The Golden Rule
Assignment w3: Design a snake that is a lawyer, and an ant that is the Pope