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Bring stories to life by creating compelling characters. In this course, you will explore how narratives and personality traits inform character design and development. You will learn how to turn basic forms and shapes into realistic or stylized characters by applying anatomy principles and shading, and considering proportions and exaggeration. Explore your character in relation to its environment by considering scale, and investigate how you can express personality and mood through posture, stance, and colour.

Upcoming Sessions:

CETP 252 SU01

Apr 23 - May 7, 2022 | Saturdays + Sundays | 10:00am - 1:00pm
Tuition: $315.75 | 5 sessions
On Campus

Students can expect to spend $55-$75 in supplies.


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Learning Outcomes

Through successful completion of this studio, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an awareness of visual and conceptual intentions in traditional and contemporary character illustrations
  • Apply fundamental character illustration processes and techniques
  • Create illustrated characters that represent stories and concepts
  • Utilize various media, tools, and materials for dynamic illustration
  • Develop a personal illustrative style

About the Instructor:

Andrea Hoff is an artist, graphic novelist, and writer. She lives and works next to the Salish Sea on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish Nation) Peoples. With her bright palette and a fierce heart, she has travelled the world, finding stories and friendships in the most unexpected places. You can find her words and pictures in places like The Tyee, Broken Pencil, Room Magazine, Display Canadian Design, The Oxford Writers' Network, and Netflix. For the past four years, she has been collaborating with young people creating comics about the future and working on a PhD.