THIS COURSE WILL HELP YOU:

Lean into your own preferences and insights to find a personal message that will resonate with the world.

Streamline your research and design process, identify resources, and curate your concepts to clarify your direction

Use psychology archetypes to identify metaphors and motifs that transform your personal theme into an immersive original designed reality that will resonate with your audience.

Actualize your vision into thoughtful and original character designs to boldy share yourself with others
and light the way for others like you.
MENTEE GALLERY

READ REVIEWS FROM PAST MENTEES

you are worthy of writing
your own narrative
APPLY FOR FALL - DEADLINE OCT 1st 2021
WEEKLY TOPICS
  • WEEK 1 - Story and Style
  • WEEK 2 - Thematic Roles
  • WEEK 3 - Character Arc
  • WEEK 4 - Visual Research
  • WEEK 5 - Character Styling
  • WEEK 6 - Environment Styling
  • WEEK 7 - Style Guide
  • WEEK 8 - Supporting Cast
  • WEEK 9 - Main Character #1
  • WEEK 10 - Main Character #2
  • WEEK 11 - Main Character #3
  • WEEK 12 - Story Moments
  • WEEK 13 - Presentation


COURSE STRUCTURE

One on One weekly meetings to workshop your story, discuss your progress on assignments, and troubleshoot your unique struggles. Followed by weekly group meetings where you will practice presenting your work to the group for feedback and confidence building. With a private discord channel for Q&A and connecting with classmates.
PHASE 1 - STORY DEVELOPMENT

Starting with an original concept drawn from your own life we will use Dan Harmon's Story Circle (based on the Hero’s Journey), to focus your loose ideas into a simple plot and character arc, exploring your first impressions of the tone and mood of your tale. This will help as you create a breakdown of characters, settings, and props with the potential to amplify your concept. Using Enneagram as a guide, we will refine your character’s thematic motivations and relationship with their world.

WHAT'S THE STORY CIRCLE? 

WHAT ARE ENNEAGRAM MOTIVATIONS?

PHASE 2 - ART DIRECTION

Moving onto the next phase, we will explore how to use style to capture and express your theme. This is where I will guide you through research techniques to help you clarify your vision. We’ll look at art history, fashion history, current creators, and conceptual inspiration. You’ll create research boards, and style tests that explore a chosen character and environment from your breakdown. This will help you create a basic style guide to inform and streamline your designs moving forward.

WHAT IS PRODUCTION DESIGN?

HOW IS PRODUCTION DESIGN USED IN MEDIUMS LIKE ANIMATION? 

PHASE 3 - CHARACTER / COSTUME DESIGN

With a clear intention motivating your characters and world, we can now explore design. Costume is a great way to test both character personality and world design in one stroke. So, in this phase, we will develop costume concepts for background cast and major character to test your art direction and inspire story details. Here I’ll also demonstrate how you can use Myers Briggs personality types for quick iterations or adding more depth to your characters. Depending on your previous experience with character design you can either use croquis or create your own character designs to dress. We will also dive deeper into 3 main characters, and explore story moments that test how we can use poses, color, and lighting to emphasize your characters emotional evolution.

HOW CAN COSTUME DESIGN TELL A STORY? 

WHAT ARE MYER'S BRIGGS PERSONALITY TYPES? 


Our last week will focus on how you can leverage what you’ve created to achieve your personal goals. I will show you how you can use the developed story and designs to mockup a draft of a pitch deck, create a fresh portfolio presentation, or to workshop your career path.
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APPLY FOR FALL - DEADLINE OCT 1st 2021
NOTE: This course focuses on improving your analytical approach to story and design through research, creative reasoning, and practical application to test your theories. To make the most of your time on assignments, you will need at least basic anatomy, perspective, color theory, and technical drawing skills to participate in this course. Previous character design experience and familiarity with basic story structure is highly recommended

As this class focuses on how to apply personality psychology to multiple stages of your process, we won’t have the chance to dive deeper into all of them during the course. However, throughout the course and afterwards, you can find me in the The Costume District discord server, where I hold live chats and you can share your wips and designs with the community for additional feedback and encouragement.

Acceptance is contingent upon application and portfolio review to assess whether this will be a good match for both your goals and your learning style.