Lab details

A two-week lab in which artists form a creative laboratory environment in collaboration with a veteran from the animation industry and independent artist, Jonny Duddle, to develop art (visual) concepts and proposals for characters and environments. Primary focus is on understanding and developing workflows and decision-making skills when fleshing out ideas based on a story direction. Participants should have drawing skills already at an intermediate level and bring their own projects to the lab to boost both their skills, workflows and their projects at the same time. The intense and dedicated environment and teaming up with Jonny speeds up their work while delivering results to be used after the lab.

Story ideas can be based on output from the first course of the Story Lab.

NOTE: LAB means that participants bring their own materials (projects) to work on


There is increasing demand for new original stories to be produced as series, feature films and as cross-media projects. Original stories require original art.



The lab aims to create a focused environment and the necessary conditions for the development of skills and the development of character and environment design for animation projects under the guidance of an experienced art director.



The topics will be announced



In order to be eligible for the lab, you need to submit your project idea as a synopsis of no more than 500 words max. along with your registration.


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Interested in the lab?

Don’t miss your chance. Registration is based on First Come, First Served.

  • Duration
    28.8.-8.9. 2017 (10 days).
  • Mentor
    Jonny Duddle
  • Skill level
    at least junior and intermediate experience
  • Price
    670 EUR / 17 970 CZK

    Price includes VAT. In case of EUR/CZK exchange rate should change, the fee in EUR is derived from CZK currency.
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Jonny Duddle

Jonny has been designing characters for game and film for thirteen years and is an award winning concept artist and illustrator, based in the UK. After working on a pirate ship for a year, and as an art teacher in the Kalahari desert, Jonny started working in the UK Games Industry in 1999. Over seven years, he worked in-house at some of the UK’s leading games companies, modelling characters (in Maya) for PS1 and PS2 and designing environments and characters for PS2, PS3 and XBox 360. Jonny went freelance in 2006 working with SCEE for eight months on new game concept for PS3. Jonny concentrated on children’s illustration in 2007, with covers and interior illustrations for other authors,and then his own first picture book ‘The Pirate Cruncher’. In early 2008, Jonny moved into movie character design, working for almost four years on Aardman Animation’s ‘Pirates! Band of Misfits!’ designing many of the movie’s characters, creatures and figurative background elements. Alongside the character design for Aardman, Jonny continued writing and illustrating children’s books, and his second picture book , ‘The Pirates Next Door’ was published in 2011. He’s currently working on his third book, ‘The King of Space’ due for publication in 2013.

Jonny’s illustration work for Terry Pratchett’s bestseller, ‘Nation’, was shortlisted for Best Children’s Illustrated Books 2009 at the English Association Book Awards 2010. His illustrations for ‘Highway Robbery‘ by Kate Thompson won an Association of Illustrators’ silver award for children’s illustration, and his own book ‘The Pirates next Door’ recently won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2012. Jonny won the Silver Award for Concept Art in Spectrum 14.

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