MaryRose Lovgren
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Animation productions are about bringing appealing characters to life. The characters can be humorous, cute, villainous, beautiful, or ugly, but regardless they must appeal to the audience. This unit covers the skills, methods and approaches of developing character designs for an animation production. Students will be designing, developing, and creating character sheets for an animation production. The goal is to develop a series of finished reference drawings of characters that would show the character from various angles, views, positions, and expressions. This is really the part prior to actual animation where the artist begins to bring life and personality to the characters. Character design work is important for creating the appeal and visual qualities of the production.

The skills covered in this section are essential in the studio for the following industry related professionals: Art Directors, Layout Department, Character and Environment Designs, Entertainment Designers, and Game Designers.
The skills covered in this section include fundamentals of drawing and character design. The work produced in this section would be shared with the various departments of a production team to ensure the consistent look and feel of characters.

Approximately 4 weeks
Industries / Pathways
  • Arts, Media, and Entertainment Arts, Media, and Entertainment
    • Design, Visual, and Media Arts
Grade Levels
  • 12

Character Design Development

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Model Sheet

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