Character Design and Story Polish

Learn how to develop the character in a short animation, known as a gag, through our comprehensive design process.
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  • Lectures 14
  • Length 32 mins
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 4/2015 English

Course Description

Do you want to learn how to create and design appealing characters and apply these techniques to improve the animated gag idea you developed in our first course?

Do you want to continue your experience of what it's like to be taught animation on one of Teesside Universities' Skillset accredited degree courses?

Well you can do just that in this second of a three part series animation taster course written and presented by our highly experienced lecturers in animation.

In this taster we will cover what makes an appealing character design, explore the steps you can take to create your own design then learn how to apply your new design to create a final polished animated storyboard.

You will be guided through a series of FUN and ENGAGING videos with supporting documentation.

So, if you haven't completed our first course on 'Narrative and Storytelling' you are recommended to complete that free course first then you will have the skills and knowledge to complete this one.

What are the requirements?

  • Students who enroll in this course will need to possess the desire to create appealing characters, creatures and environments that may appeal to audiences around the world.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • At the end of this course, students will be able to develop a character with costume and accessories that will indicate personality and the character's background.

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is for anyone who would like to learn the best practices for developing a short story, or gag, to be told in the form of an animation.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Character Design and Story Polish

Here we introduce the course with two of our senior lecturers, Drew & Siobhan, and we learn about their work experience in the the field of animation and visual effects.

Please download the PDF document that includes the documentation for the 'Character Design and Story Polish' course in the downloads tab.


In this section, we discuss the subjective topic of 'appeal'.


This lecture covers everything you'll need to know for designing an appealing character for your very own illustration or animation.


In this lecture we discuss the importance of creating the initial look of your character.


This lecture explores the idea of your character being non-human.


Here we give you suggestions of how to help your character fit into the story for your illustration or animation.


In this lecture we discuss design techniques used to communicate the personality of your character through different shape types.


This lecture will go through the steps of coming up with an idea for your character's costume, props and environment, using industry workflow.


Here we share the many ways to get an idea for a character.


In this lecture we discuss the importance of character personality and history.


This lecture will take you through the design process, step by step.


Here we explain how elements such as colour and body language can enhance your character design.


This concise lecture discusses how to refresh your original animatic.


With this lecture we conclude the course, reviewing what we have learned about the process of character design and what makes an appealing character for illustration and animation.

We also introduce to you a third course, 'Portfolio Development', that will take you through the steps of creating a portfolio suitable for application to Teesside University and their many degree programs in computer animation.

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Instructor Biography

The School of Computing at Teesside University is one of the best-equipped learning environments for anyone seeking a career in animation or visual effects. We have purpose-built facilities housing dedicated life drawing spaces, a recording studio, a motion-capture studio and a fully equipped soundstage including green screen facilities and motion-control cameras.

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