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Narrative Illustration and Characters

An 8-week course creating strong images that tell stories using visual design principles

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Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
8 weeks
Materials:
Photoshop (or equivalent), OR sketchbook, paper, pencils, pens, brushes
Lecture Type:
Pre-recorded lectures
Assignment:
Due each week. Expect to spend 8-10 hrs/wk viewing lectures, q&a, and time on assignments.
Skills Level:
Intermediate (portfolio review is recommended)
Feedback:
individual recorded feedback
Q&A:
Live once a week
Prerequisites:
Perspective, Analytical Figure Drawing, Fundamentals of Design, Digital Painting, Fundamentals of Character Design, The Art of Color and Light, and Fundamentals of Environment Design; OR equivalent experience; *application required
Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
8 weeks
Materials:
Photoshop (or equivalent), OR sketchbook, paper, pencils, pens, brushes
Lecture Type:
Pre-recorded lectures
Assignment:
Due each week. Expect to spend 8-10 hrs/wk viewing lectures, q&a, and time on assignments.
Skills Level:
Intermediate (portfolio review is recommended)
Feedback:
individual recorded feedback
Q&A:
Live once a week
Prerequisites:
Perspective, Analytical Figure Drawing, Fundamentals of Design, Digital Painting, Fundamentals of Character Design, The Art of Color and Light, and Fundamentals of Environment Design; OR equivalent experience; *application required
Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
8 weeks
Materials:
Photoshop (or equivalent), OR sketchbook, paper, pencils, pens, brushes
Lecture Type:
Pre-recorded lectures
Assignment:
Due each week. Expect to spend 8-10 hrs/wk viewing lectures, q&a, and time on assignments.
Skills Level:
Intermediate (portfolio review is recommended)
Feedback:
individual recorded feedback
Q&A:
Live once a week
Prerequisites:
Perspective, Analytical Figure Drawing, Fundamentals of Design, Digital Painting, Fundamentals of Character Design, The Art of Color and Light, and Fundamentals of Environment Design; OR equivalent experience; *application required
COURSE OVERVIEW
COURSE OVERVIEW
WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
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Week 1 | Introduction/The importance of narrative

Over view of the course | Introduction of the teacher | General notion of visual narrative | The power and importance of good narrative | The designing principle/story | Analysis of several art pieces aimed at their narrative focus

Week 2 | Visual Tools to tell a story. part1 : Composition

Over view of the fundamental visual tools: Composition, posing of characters, value, light, and color | Different types of illustrations and their constrains on narrative | Basic concept of how to use the fundamentals to tell a story | Deep dive in the use of Composition and value for narrative | Analysis of narrative use of composition and value of several art pieces

Week 3 | Visual Tools to tell a story. part2 : Composition, Value ,Color and Light

Deep dive in the use of Composition as narrative tool. Part2 | Deep dive in the use of Value as narrative tool | Analysis of several pieces analyzing the narrative use of Composition and Value | Deep dive in the use of Color and light as narrative tools

Week 4 | The use of narrative on characters and the use of characters as narrative tools :Part1

The importance of references use in your work | The suggestive and inspirational power of characters | The fundamentals of character design as narrative tools: Anatomy, proportions, gesture, visual weight, volumes and shapes, balance etc

Week 5 | The use of narrative on characters and the use of characters as narrative tools: Part 2

The use of props and costumes as narrative elements for characters | Character Archetypes | Character design Art Demonstration

Week 6 | Visual Symbolism and the suggestive power of Mood as narrative tools

Symbolism as narrative tool | Mood as narrative tool | Analysis the use of symbolism and moods as narrative tools in several art pieces

Week 7 | Guiding the eye to tell a story

Artistic Styles as narrative tool | Rendering: The use of detail or lack of it to guide the eye | Your unique way to express as an artist | Contrast, Edges | Explaning the concept of defining “The Moment” | Art demonstration of the process of creating an illustration from start to finish

Week 8 | The ultimate goal

A look back to all your tools from your narrative toolbox | Art demonstration of the process of creating an illustration from start to finish focusing on the narrative choices

Narrative Illustration and Characters
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
Instructor

Real heroes don't wear capes - they teach

Miguel Iglesias is a senior concept artist and illustrator for AAA games, films, and development of new IPs with more than 15 years of professional experience. Some of the titles he has worked on include The Division, The Division 2, FarCry 3 , World in Conflict. Now he works as a freelance artist for clients such as Ubisoft, Games Workshop, and Focus Interactive, to name a few.

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I had a phenomenal time in this class, and I’m so sad it’s ending. The instructor is funny, personable, knowledgeable, and is always responsive an attentive in and outside of the classroom. He puts a lot of effort and care into critiques and genuinely cares about the improvement of his students. I can’t express enough what a positive experience this was!

Tessera Madison

This has been a fantastic experience! Mitchell has been an incredible teacher. He takes the time to give each student detailed feedback. He is easily available if we have any questions or are struggling with an assignment. His lectures were extremely helpful and I learned so much. I am so grateful for this experience and would love to take more classes in the future!

Anna Berentsen

[This course] focused on the mental process behind creating a piece instead of just technical tricks, which made it one of the most useful classes I’ve ever taken in terms of working through those stubborn issues I have as an artist.

Nick Harran

[This course] taught me how to focus in on the storytelling aspect of a piece and to always ask myself: is this effectively telling a story.

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Very helpful, and could motivate students whilst giving very much needed feedback to keep the learning a fun experience!

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