Creating Fantasy Characters (Ages 9 - 17 y)

Are you interested in creating fantasy/sci-fi characters for video games, movies, or comic books? This 3 hour workshop will cover the steps and ideas that go into creating a character concept. These will include choosing archetypes/tropes (examples: heroic knight, evil wizard), making silhouettes, choosing from different body types, gathering/studying/using reference materials, costume design, iterating (trying several variations), and finishing/presentation. Students will sketch their own characters as the instructor goes through these steps. Although most concept art is made digitally, this workshop will use traditional materials. Learning the fundamentals of character design does not require a computer. This class is designed for beginners and intermediates curious about the field of concept art.  

Tuition: $65 (All materials are included, but feel free to bring your own markers or sketchbook if you prefer)

Location: Studio 1.6

Instructor: Ari Targownik

Sunday, May 27, 2018

10:00 am — 1:00 pm

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Ari Targownik has worked in the video game industry for over a decade. Having worked primarily at the company S2 Games, but also occasionally doing freelance on the side, he has contributed work to every aspect of bringing a video game character to life; this includes concept art, 3D modeling, texturing, rigging, and animation. Though he originally went to school for, and currently practices, fine art (oil painting), he attended the Gnomon School of Visual Effects in Hollywood to learn the technical aspects of character creation and game industry in general. He currently has a studio in Berkeley where he paints both with traditional oils and digitally with the computer. Ari holds a Bachelor's degree in Fine Art (painting) from the Pratt Institute.

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