Bootcamp

DURATION

6 Hours in 6 Weeks
(1 Hour session per week)

AGE RANGE

08-11 Years
12-14 Years

Skill Development:

Drawing Characters

Learn the principles of portraiture and character design and develop drawing skills. Digital (using iPad and stylus + Procreate app) or classical (sketch-book) options available.

The most challenging and yet intriguing artistic subject; the human! Or, should we say, humanoid – as our character design bootcamp encompasses character creation from the like of SpongeBob SquarePants, to the graceful Mona Lisa. Children are guided through the rules of proportion and perspective, before learning how to skilfully break the rules with exaggerated cartoon figures. A fun-filled ride with plenty of drawing practice and stimulating exercises, and options for digital or classical drawing mediums.

INSTRUCTOR’S BIO

Stornoway, Scotland

Rachel Grace Carpenter

Freelance Illustrator and Academic Manager
M.A. (Hons) in Psychology
Perception and Visual Cognition
Procreate Pro.

LESSON PLAN

Equipment Required

Pipe cleaners, tin foil, sketchbook, pencils, erasor

Topics Covered

Intro to the human form, skeleton structure, proportions of the human body, exaggerated/cartoon forms

Homework Assignment

1. Life drawing – sketch of a person 2. Create a human figure out of pipe cleaners and tin foil

Learning Objectives

Students become familiar with the human skeletal structure and proportions of the human body.

Equipment Required

Small mirror, sketchbook, pencil, erasor, coloured pencils

Topics Covered

Proportions of the human face, portraiture in art history/self expression, observational drawing

Homework Assignment

1. Life drawing – self portrait 2. Research an artist if your choice and create a mood board

Learning Objectives

Students learn techniques to apply proportion to faces, practice observational drawing of facial features and are introduced to examples of portraiture and self-expression in art

Equipment Required

Sketchbook, pencil, erasor, ruler

Topics Covered

Perspective, 3d human head, foreshortening

Homework Assignment

1. Life drawing – portrait with foreshortening 2. Complete excercise sheet on perspective

Learning Objectives

Students develop an understanding of the rules of perspective and foreshortening and learn a technique for drawing a 3D head

Equipment Required

Sketchbook, pencil, eraser

Topics Covered

Dynamic forms, building a character using a simple template, representing motion and speed (smear effects)

Homework Assignment

1. Life drawing – use a screenshot from a video to illustrate a character in an action pose 2. Illustrate a smear effect (worksheet)

Learning Objectives

Students will be introduced to representing the human form in motion, and will learn about different ways of creating an effect of motion

Equipment Required

Sketchbook, pencil, eraser, coloured pencils, hardboiled egg and table lamp

Topics Covered

Shadows and shading, form and cast shadows, detail, shape and colour

Homework Assignment

1. Life drawing – study of an egg with lighsource 2. Shadows worksheet

Learning Objectives

Students will learn about different shadow forms and shading techniques, and look at the importance of detail, shape and cour in shadow work

Equipment Required

Sketchbook, pencil, coloured pencils, drawing pen, eraser

Topics Covered

Shapes and their connotations for character personality, exaggerated proportions in cartoons, use of colour and costume, stylised drawing

Homework Assignment

1. Life drawing – draw yourself in a stylised manner 2. Complete your character design with colour, shading and shadows

Learning Objectives

Students will learn about the connotations of shape for personality of a character, explore their own taste in stylised drawing, and practice character design combining their learning from the previous classes

COMPLETION & AWARD

BOOTCAMP COMPLETION CRITERIA

Student will have a sketchbook demonstrating development of ideas and concept, experimentation, research, observational drawing, and their own original character design artworks

AWARD OF BOOTCAMP COMPLETION

Digital copy of “Certificate of Achievement” signed by Bootcamp Instructor & Academic Director of Anademy

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