This class teaches the art of creating original characters for 2D and 3D animation. We will learn how to draw and develop strong visual characters whose look and movement is derived from the script, and who carry the emotions, movement, and through-line of the story. We will address professional and personal character drawing and construction techniques, as well as learn about thumbnails, turnarounds, clean ups, and model sheets. Story breakdowns will lead to design guidelines for character look, appeal, type, and movement. Consideration will be given to design and it's interaction with departments further down the production pipeline: modeling and animation. Projects will be done in 2D drawing and photoshop or Illustrator.