The Character Design Course (Updated June 15th 2021)
What you'll learn
- Boost your visual development skills
- Learn the craft of character design
- The ability to drawing from memory!
- Become a quicker drawer!
- Pencil and paper
- 30 minutes of drawing every day.....forever.
Hello and welcome! Do you love to draw characters but feel frustrated at your progress?
What will you learn in this course
Boost your visual development skills
Learn the craft of character design
Learn to use Silhouettes to create Imaginative Character Concepts.
The ability to drawing from memory!
Become a quicker drawer!
" Rob provides a solid foundation for folks who are interested in creating and developing characters for sequential arts and animation. All the basics are explored here, with copious examples: simple shapes, line of action, appeal, etc.
One thing that sets Rob's tutorials apart from the rest is how several examples of the process of character design are shown. The videos reiterate several times that the first design isn't always the best - that one should continue to explore other design possibilities before settling on the final look and feel of a character. If you are interested in refining or creating your own character " - Stuart P
Have you ever tried to draw from memory but failed regularly?
In order to develop your visualization skills (drawing from the mind), your goal as a visual development artist is to draw your characters and environments in a 3-dimensional form.
In lecture one, I will show you:
One really easy technique called the Isometric Arrow that will help you to draw a perfect 3D box every single time!
How to turn a flat rectangle into a 3D tube (this will boost your arm and leg drawing skills!)
One easy method that can help you to draw your character in multiple directions without reference!!
How using shapes can 3x speed your drawing skills
In lecture two I will show you how to convert 2D shapes into 3D objects (Advanced)
create 3D objects from your imagination;
convert seven flat shapes into seven 3D objects!;
create arms and legs from just a rectangle!;
use the centre line to help you to turn a 3D object in any direction!
In episode three, I am going to show you the Introduction to Exploring Ideas
To create great and memorable characters you will need to learn how to explore and manipulate shapes.
I will show you:
a warm-up method to boost your hand-eye coordination immediately!;
why sometimes thinking too much can hinder the creative process;
how to quickly and confidently create 20 characters in 20 minutes!;
what a silhouette is and how it can drastically improve your drawings!;
how guidelines can help with the direction of your character!;
one neat trick on how to draw a solid looking mouth!
I'll keep going but you get the idea!
p.s. don't forget to rate and provide feedback so other like-minded artists can find these tutorials!
Who this course is for:
- Please join my tribe if you have just started your journey on learning the craft of character design!
Hi ! My name is Rob, chief tutorial designer at McLeay Workshops and creator of the Rob McLeay Drawing Show! I teach students the ability to draw well, using the Draw 8 Method a process I designed while teaching over 1500 students through out Auckland, New Zealand. This a tried and tested methods from the animation and gaming industry. The workshops are fun, engaging, and educational.
I graduated from animation school 2 decades ago and have published 5 books and has been running his own art tuition company McLeay Workshops for just as long.
Join me on my adventure to convert all my 100’s projects into a complete online visual development course for anyone looking to break into the industry.