Creativity can be seen in the act of combining ideas together that may not seem to be a natural fit at first, but add layers of interest when they are combined. I suppose no one would have trouble imagining a talking mouse wearing over-alls, but consider the person who pitched the idea of a talking sponge that wears pants...
Imagination can be seen in the unique way that each of us sees the world - one person's imagination will produce ideas that are very different from another person. We want to encourage each person who designs a character to add their own ideas to the mix and go beyond "copying" of the ideas of others. Of course, you will be inspired by animation characters that you see in movies, on tv etc. but I guess the imagination criterion will encourage you to take a character that inspire you and add your own unique twist to it - to get into the habit if developing your own voice when it comes to designing characters.
Yes thank you very much, I think I have a clear Idea of what is expected of the judging criteria. I would also like to ask whether you want fully complete drawings with color and such or would it be preferred to have it without any kind of rendering showing under structure just like how you would see in a college animation portfolio submission?
Colour and/or any kind of rendering (light and shadow, surface textures, elaborate patterns on clothing, etc.) are not necessary. Draw your character in pencil. It's perfectly fine if your drawing shows some of the under-structure of the large forms. The only drawings that we won't be accepting are photoshop-ed images, no 3D computer renderings, no print-outs or photocopies - only drawings on paper - similar to standard character model sheets. This contest is not open to professionals, so we realize that some people who enter the contest may be doing these particular drawings for the first time. Here's a resource that you may want to use - starting on Monday, Dec. 10 we will be posting "Pro Tips" on the APW website from animation professionals. Each tip will be one idea used by that particular professional in designing a character. Look for this feature on our website and head over to the APW facebook page as well for more resources to use as you design your character.
The article provides some interesting background on what we do at the Workshop, as well as why we started the program up in the first place, which is pertinent information to those of you planning on joining up.
We also chat a bit about Art Fundamentals / high school art programs and the situation there in terms of prepping students to get into animation programs.......all in all, it makes for an interesting read in any case.
Another example of an animation portfolio character design from 2012 - these drawings are by former APW student Caroline Schvepper - now in her first year of animation at Sheridan. Check out her drawings (some room drawings and a storyboard too)
Here's the link to Pro Tip #5 for the APW Win A Free Tuition Contest, as well as the visuals for the tip.
Thanks to Myke Bakich our former student and instructor, now professional character designer, for giving us this weeks tip.
As Myke puts it:
"Contrast, in my opinion is the most important element in character design. Contrast means the difference between two or more things, whether it be with space, shape, tone, colour, or rhythm. Lets take an example to help me explain. This is a design from Uwe Heidschotter http://heidschoetter.blogspot.ca/.
Notice that the space around the design varies from top, bottom, both right and left sides.
Also, if we take a look at the different parts that make up the character, we find that there are six different shapes being used and each shape is quite different than the others.
Hope this helps you as you design your animation character, Good luck to all the applicants for the APW Character Design Contest!!!"
For those of you who are interested, this is an open invitation to stop in at the Workshop this coming weekend to view the final portfolio selections of our 2012 / 2013 students for their various animation portfolio submissions.
This is the culmination of 9 months of hard work on the part of our students in the APW program.
Character Design Contest...If you design a character for this contest you could win free tuition for the 2013/2014 session of the Animation Portfolio Workshop. If you're already designing characters on your own redraw one of your own designs and submit it. You can also win other stuff - art supplies from Aboveground Art Supplies, animation art books from Labyrinth and BMV Books.
Charlie Bonifacio Pro Tip for APW win a Free Tuition Contest
We are really honoured to have esteemed character animator Charlie Bonifacio offering sage advice in our final ProTip #9 for this year's Win a Free Tuition Character Design Contest which will be officially closed to receiving applicants April 10th at midnight, Toronto time.
Charlie's Tip is on developing personality and story in your design.
ProTip #8 has been provided by Workshop Director Vincent Peets, and it covers variation in shape design.....
Contest adjudication will be taking place this weekend with Seneca Animation Program Director and comic book artist / animator extraordinaire Jim Zubkavich making the final choices in terms of the grand prize winner and runners up.
Just a note to let you know that the upcoming 2013 Fall Workshop class is over half full at the moment, so if you're intending to join up, make haste before the " registration frenzy " starts up with the beginning of the new school year.
Wait listed students will be bumped to spots in the 2014 / 2015 spring session.
Our 14 day character design challenge started on Wednesday, and I'm posting a link here for any of you who would like to join in the fun.
The 14 Day Character Design Challenge is just that - every day for 14 days we post a new gesture which you then use as the basis for designing your character for that day....send them to us and we post them all- everyday.
Examples of APW Student Animation Portfolios / 2013 Aaron Lun
I know that many of you are currently preparing portfolios to get into animation schools for the 2014 school year, so I will post some examples from last years succesful APW student portfolios and invite you to ask any questions you might have in relation to the work you're seeing here and the preparation of your own portfolio.
We start with Aaron Lun, an APW student from the 2012 / 2013 session, who wanted to get into the Seneca Animation Program, and did so with the portfolio you see here.
Werner Zimmerman Endorses Animation Portfolio Workshop
We received an endorsement of the work we do ( 'we' meaning everyone at APW - teachers, t.a.'s, t.a.'s in training, our wonderful students....) from Werner Zimmerman, artist, illustrator, and drawing instructor in the Seneca College Animation Program.
Werner is a very accomplished draughtsman, as you can see from his observational drawing blog and before his teaching gig at Seneca College, he was working as a drawing and anatomy instructor in the Classical Animation Program at Sheridan College.
It's really really nice for us to finally have someone teaching in a top animation school, publicly acknowledging the impact our students have had in raising the overall quality of the animation program itself.
Werner starts with;
".....Iíve been meaning to do this for a while, but now with the the new semester at Seneca Iím compelled to finally say it: Animation Portfolio Workshop is really making a difference in the quality of students that come into my first semester Life Drawing classes."
and goes on to develop this thought in more detail.