Monday, February 22, 2010
Workshop post mortem
The character design workshop went well other than there not being a microphone for me. I guess the people in the back had a really hard time hearing me and it was really distracting having to remember to raise my voice as loud as was needed. It felt like I needed to shout for them to hear me. It would have been easier were I standing in front just lecturing but I was hunched over a computer trying to draw too ... I'll need a mic for the next workshop I do. Other than that though I thought the presentation and demo went well. The turnout was pretty good and I'm appreciative of all the people who came. I hope it was instructional/inspiring for them as that's what I was shooting for. My favorite workshops always hit those two points for me. The format worked pretty well. I lectured on broad character design principles for the first 30 minutes and then spent about 30 minutes demoing random head sketches and talking a bit on the importance of the head/face as the focal point of a character. After that I spent the next hour turning one of those heads into a full character sketch (the girl on my sketch page with her hand on her hip). So that was the first half of the workshop and then we took a short break. After the break I showed some sketches I'd done the night before (those other sketches next to the girl plus the pirate sketch) and took a poll to see if people preferred I paint up the girl I'd just sketched or the pirate. The pirate won so I spent the next hour and a half painting the pirate up to the level you see here. The last half hour I spent on student paint/draw overs. Some of the students had put their own character paintings in a folder and I had time to draw/paint over two of them. I had a great time and hope to do more of these types of things in the future. Thanks again to all of you who came!