For the past nine weeks, I’ve been enrolled in Stephen Silver’s “Fundamentals Of Character Design” class by way of Schoolism.com
There are two ways to take the class online. The first is self taught which means you have access to the video lessons and assignments and the second way is the same as the first, but with the added feature of video critiques. I took the latter and must say I’m glad I did.
Stephen provides a video assessment for each assignment. He not only explains ways in which to improve upon your character design, but draws directly on top of your designs giving you a visual reference. He’s very encouraging, but will also give you a little punch in the gut when he sees areas that need improvement. For me, those little jabs were what I needed. I thought my character designing was pretty good at the start, but quickly began to see things that I needed work on. Things like avoiding tangents, drawing through my shapes, understanding the human form better, breaking forms down into the simple shapes and being loose within a design.
What I also liked was how Stephen stressed the fact that we each have a style and that the goal at the end of the class was not to be mimicking his style but rather to learn the methods and techniques that has aided him in our own style. If that makes sense.
At any rate, if you have the time and the funds, I highly recommend the class. Below are a few random images from the class.