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Course Description

RISD CE teen course: Cartoon Anatomy

Zombies, barbarians and Ninjas all begin in the same way. But two legs, a twisting torso and clenched fists are not enough to turn a sketch into a distinct character that is ready to become the centerpiece of a comic book, video game or animation. This cartooning course reveals the essentials of good character design that begin with the creative application of human (or inhuman) anatomy. Each week, the class reviews a different concept in constructing anatomy, including bones and bony landmarks, muscle structure, and finally, how to push and pull shapes to make appealing characters. Each week, students will have an assignment based on the topic in the lecture. At the end of this course, students will feel more confident in their ability to construct the human figure and design appealing character designs.

Prerequisites

Students must be age 13–17 to participate.

Instructors

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Type
Online
Dates
Apr 24, 2021 to May 29, 2021
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
15.0
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Tuition non-credit $330.00 Click here to get more information
Drop Request Deadline
May 15, 2021
Transfer Request Deadline
Apr 17, 2021
Withdrawal Request Deadline
Apr 24, 2021 to May 29, 2021
Instructors
Necessary Supplies/Text(s)
  • 9x12 or 11x14 drawing paper pad
  • Pencils
  • Eraser
  • Sharpies: 2, Fine Point and Wide point (for inking)
  • Reference figure - multi-point articulation - must be able to be posed in multiple positions. Can be one of those “woodie” dolls, or can be multiple point articulation action figures
  • Ruler or straight-edge - 12" minimum

Nice to have:

  • Newsprint for sketching - gesturing drawings based on your reference figures
  • Blue drafting pencils
  • If you choose the action figure route, multiple figures - male, female, heroes, villains - all helpful for reference
  • Drafting board or illustration table that allows the young artist to draw upright as opposed to flat on the table
  • Masking tape to adhere paper to board, if in possession of a drafting board or illustration table
  • Multiple pens, with a variety of pen thicknesses, and a brush pen for inking
Type
Online, Asynchronous
Dates
Jul 19, 2021 to Jul 30, 2021
Contact Hours
15.0
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Tuition non-credit $330.00 Click here to get more information
Drop Request Deadline
Aug 09, 2021
Transfer Request Deadline
Jul 12, 2021
Withdrawal Request Deadline
Jul 19, 2021 to Jul 30, 2021
Instructors
Required Software/Technology
Students need to have a valid email address.
Necessary Supplies/Text(s)

Must have supplies:

  • 9x12 or 11x14 drawing paper pad
  • Pencils
  • Eraser
  • Sharpies: 2, Fine Point and Wide point (for inking)
  • Reference figure - multi-point articulation - must be able to be posed in multiple positions. Can be one of those “woodie” dolls, or can be multiple point articulation action figures
  • Ruler or straight-edge - 12" minimum

Equipment:

  • Camera/a way of documenting your work (phone camera works fine)
  • Printer / Ability to print handouts

Nice to have (optional):

  • Newsprint for sketching - gesturing drawings based on your reference figures
  • Blue drafting pencils
  • If you choose the action figure route, multiple figures - male, female, heroes, villains - all helpful for reference
  • Drafting board or illustration table that allows the young artist to draw upright as opposed to flat on the table
  • Masking tape to adhere paper to board, if in possession of a drafting board or illustration table
  • Multiple pens, with a variety of pen thicknesses, and a brush pen for inking

 

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