Character Design Lab

Develop the design of characters within the context of a story

12. - 23. 8. 2024
5 / 10 artists
English
10 days
intermediate drawing skills
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

165€

per artist


900€
Open Registration
Deadline:
* Discounted price for Czech artists after a deduction of 82% from government funds.
** Price applies to all non-Czech artists without funding opportunities from the Czech Government.
21% VAT is deductible for VAT payers in the EU.

The lab is focused on mastering the creative digital process of the development of the design of characters within the context of a story for digital film production.

You are a unique individual. You see things in a way different than anyone else. As an artist and designer, you are responsible for documenting your experience in the world and finding the best way to communicate why you find certain things interesting and appealing.

All that has been done traditionally can be done with digital tools. Future use of AI will change the game. Being able to communicate ideas quickly and efficiently is the key to competitiveness.

On Completion of This Lab, You Will Progress in:

  • The principles of character design
  • Digital Draftsmanship – improve the use of Photoshop, Procreate and tablet tools for digital drawing
  • Learn best practices for rapid iteration in the emerging era of artificial intelligence.
  • Heightened sensibilities to the subtleties and nuances of the stuff you care about
  • Using the tools as your digital assistant.
  • Stronger work ethic and digital organisation
  • Exposure to a broader array of design possibilities, tools, processes, and materials

How it works

In this residential lab, you will start with characters based on a project, and explore and develop their personalities, refining how they look individually and as an ensemble. The entire process will be demonstrated digitally.

You will help you explore, refine and ultimately enhance the unique flavors of your characters and how they will best support and reinforce the stories they are telling. You will be exposed to live demos of drawing digitally.

Lab Description

  • Character Design: A Method and Philosophy
  • Inspiration from Life, And what digital tools can be used in development.
  • Live digital demos in Photoshop
  • Caricature
  • Finding Appealing Shapes
  • Shape Language
  • Striking a Pose
  • The Power of Gesture
  • Experimental Design
  • Sculptural Drawing
  • Fluency in the Language of Design
  • How digital film production works, what tools are used and what are the future best practices in the upcoming AI world

Who is it for

Ideal for aspiring visual artists – illustrators and designers to fine tune their skills and portfolio, experience focused project base team work. Whether you’re a beginner or seeking to enhance your skills, this lab offers valuable insights into the art and craft of designing characters. You will be part a team of artists, led by the mentor,  working on a project.

Prerequisite

In order to be eligible for the lab, along with your registration you need to submit:

  • Portfolio to demonstrate expertise and experience in the field of visual art
  • Motivational letter
    Emphasis on career motivation

Fees and funding, Cancelation Policy

Fee

800 EUR per artist

Price includes: training fee

 

General conditions

  • Possibility to pay in instalments.
  • We advise participants to apply for scholarships for participation fees and/or travel costs in their countries, as many public film funding bodies are usually supporting such training costs.
  • The fee covers the fee of the course. The fee does NOT include accommodation, board and tuition during workshops and travel.
  • Approximate living costs during your stay in the Czech Republic:
    • Accommodation at the venue: 25 EUR / night
    • Breakfast at the hotel – 5 EUR
    • Restaurant meal between 5 – 10 EUR
    • Grocery in general – 50 EUR per person a week

Funding for Czech employees and freelancers

Czech Labour Office (Úřad práce) offers to cover up to 85% of the course fee within the so-called POVEZ II project (Support of Vocational Training for Employees II). See the details and conditions here.

Cancellation Policy

The fee of 30% off the course price applies when canceling 45 days before the start of the course into which one gets accepted.

Direct interaction
with seasoned
industry
professionals

Our mentors
Pixar

What
participating
artists
say

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I'm motivated the same way I was last year, except now I already know how awesome it's going to be and how much I can learn! I can't wait for another week full of teamwork, inspiration, and improvement! Been looking forward to this since I left Krumlov last September! Character Design Labs 2023 (returning in 2024)
I attended the World Building course last year with Tara Rueping and I enjoyed it very much.  I find Anomalia's environment to be very welcoming and stimulating. Therefore, I will join the World Art Building once again this year (2024). Character Design Labs 2023 (returning in 2024)

165€

per artist


900€
Open Registration
Deadline:
* Discounted price for Czech artists after a deduction of 82% from government funds.
** Price applies to all non-Czech artists without funding opportunities from the Czech Government.
21% VAT is deductible for VAT payers in the EU.
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