Design Your Own Character

Take Your Character from Idea to Finish
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Character Design

9-Week Course Starts on April 27, 2019

YOU WILL LEARN:

  • How to Design a Character
  • How to Capture Expressions
  • How to Draw Bodies
  • How to Dress Your Character
  • How to Draw Your Character with Consistency
  • Poses and Movement
  • How to Use Color and Texture

YOUR STORY COACH:

 

Vanessa Brantley Newton was born during the Civil Rights movement and attended school in Newark, NJ. Being part of a diverse, tight-knit community during such turbulent times, Vanessa learned the importance of acceptance and empowerment in shaping a young person’s life. When she read The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, it was the first time she saw herself in a children’s book. It was a defining moment in her life, and has made her into the artist she is today.

As an illustrator, she includes children of all ethnic backgrounds in her stories and artwork. She wants all children to see their unique experiences reflected in the books they read, so they can feel the same sense of empowerment and recognition she experienced as a young reader.

PUBLISHED BOOKS

MODULES:

MODULE 1: BIRTHING A CHARACTER

APRIL 27 - MAY 3, 2019

This is where it all begins! You'll discover the origin story for your character. We'll talk about supplies and where to find ideas. And we'll draw heads and bodies from simple shapes. You can't find your characters if you aren't drawing in your sketchbook.

MODULE 2: WHAT AND WHO YOUR CHARACTER IS

MAY 4 - 10, 2019

How do you give your character character? In this module, you're going to learn how to make it laugh, smile, grimace, and make all of the other facial expressions.

We're also going to draw bodies.

IMPLEMENTATION WEEK #1

MAY 11 - 17, 2019

Critique Group Meeting via Zoom app

 

MODULE 3: MAKE YOUR CHARACTER STAND OUT - DRESSING & ACCESSORIZING

MAY 18 - 24, 2019

What's going to make your character pop? You're going to give it accessories. You're going to give it a certain look, a certain style. The hair. The clothing. This is how you make your character stand out.

MODULE 4: CHARACTER CONSISTENCY

MAY 25 - 31, 2019

What will really bring your character to life is how you keep it consistent from page to page. We're building a character model sheet, and you're going to learn how to turn your character. 

IMPLEMENTATION WEEK #2

JUNE 1 - 7, 2019

Critique Group Meeting via Zoom app

 

MODULE 5: MOVEMENT & ACTION

JUNE 8 - 14, 2019

Here, you're going to learn how to get your character to move across the page. That's what we really want. Editors don't want stagnant characters. You want characters that jump and have some kind of movement from page to page. So, in this module, we're going to be learning how to make them run, make them stand, how to make them have a good time on the page. How are you going to get your character moving?

MODULE 6: MAKE YOUR CHARACTER SHINE

JUNE 15 - 21, 2019

This is where we want you to play with color palettes and textures. We want you to work those palettes around your characters, into your characters, and use them to really make your character pop and sing. Then we want you to finish your character. 

IMPLEMENTATION WEEK #3

JUNE 22 - 28, 2019

Critique Group Meeting via Zoom app

 

LIVE CRITIQUES AT STORY WORKSHOP

WHEN:

TBA

WHERE:

Meeting via Zoom app. We will send a meeting link for you to join the workshop.

HOW IT WORKS:

Students enrolled in the course can submit their assignments for critique during the workshop.

CRITIQUE GROUPS & STORY COACHING

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WHAT OUR STUDENTS ARE SAYING

"As an elementary school art teacher with a 10-year tenure, armed with a master's in education, I thought I was capable of writing and illustrating a picture book in a fairly decent way.  Little did I know that I didn't know about the ABC's of crafting a good picture book. This course is the best thing that happened to me in helping me both understand and practice the art of compelling storytelling. " Dorothy Wawa

Art Teacher / Storyteller

“I have learned rule-after-rule about picture book writing …but the creative side of me got buried in that immense load of left-brain wonderful knowledge. I have had some great past instructors, but I could not get to the fun and creative side of my imagination to bring my stories forth and on paper…until now. All that has changed … thanks to this course with Arree Chung.

This course is so well put together.  It especially keeps up with the style of the printed picture books of today increasing your potential for publication.

The creative side of writing and, if you wish, illustrating your picture book ideas can be done here with the help of Arree and Storyteller Academy.

I highly recommend Storyteller Academy.   And, I can’t say enough about the personable and encouraging Arree Chung.  His own recent published pictures books speak volumes of his knowledge and creativity.” Stella Lopez

Summer 2017 / Storyteller Academy Student

"I think this course ( Arree's) has been exactly what I needed to move forward. I can hardly wait to begin another story after I polish this one some more. I like your videos Arree! Seeing the work you put into developing your books and seeing examples are what works for me." Maggie Griessmeier

Storyteller/Illustrator

"I love the course so far, and I love that it is lifetime membership because 12 weeks isn't enough for me to polish my unwritten stories and ideas." Mikki Hwang

Summer 2017 / Storyteller Academy Student

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SUPPORT

Arree
Story Coach & Instructor
Jasmin
Member Support
Casey
Critique Group Coordinator