Developing Characters, Environments, and Story Boards
with Mary Jane Begin
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01 Class Introduction01:21
About The Class
Instructor Mary Jane Begin is an award-winning illustrator and author of children’s picture books, a Rhode Island School of Design graduate and professor in the Illustration Department.
In this course, Mary Jane will help viewers learn about the components of developing a visual narrative and learn about best practices for creating more believable characters, authentic worlds and compelling, dynamic visuals that tell a story.
She will cover the following topics
- Creating a cast of characters
- Developing characters through multiple iterations
- Creating a turn-around
- Inventing environments
- Designing images/storyboards
- Layout and understanding light, stylization, and overall pacing of imagery.
Mary Jane will also guide viewers through developing compositions, creating depth of field and merging real and imaginary worlds. The course will come to life through real-world projects both from Mary Jane and from other masters of the industry.
Start with Words and Ideas10:58
Drawing it Out: Creating Character Shape and Gesture09:28
Exploring Movement, Facial Expression and Costume Design24:50
Developing a Cast of Characters with Style11:26
Developing a Style09:49
Creating Compositions with Perspective and Dramatic POV16:15
Storyboards, Animatics and Layouts12:29
Creating Rhythm and Continuity Between Scenes or Pages09:43
Consideration of Light, Stylization and Overall Pacing09:48
Terms for Making Books16:09
Critique of Audience-Submitted Illustrations56:14
Mary Jane Begin
As an award-winning illustrator and author of children’s picture books, a Rhode Island School of Design graduate and professor in the Illustration Department at RISD…Mary Jane feels INCREDIBLY lucky; she gets to do all the things that she loves to do ... read moreSee instructor's Classes
Character Slides Artist Reference PDF
Character Slides PDF
100% of students recommend this class.
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I have to say, this class and the companion class were very humbling. I assume I am not like most people who would watch this class in that I have no such artistic talent. I cannot draw at all (limited to "Spike" from TED Talks), but I had no idea such thought, imagination or ideology went into creating these designs. Professor Begin has an amazing presentation style, she is clear, concise and thoughtful. The subject matter was amazing and I can only see it helping me in evaluating my own work and taking a whole new perspective on art, light and evaluation. I highly recommend this class whatever no matter your creative bent. Thank you Creative Live for hosting this wonderful speaker.
This course is well organized, very informative and goes into great detail regarding the best way to develop character(s) and how they should relate to their environment. Mary Jane articulates her points through art fundamentals, color theory and the power of strong research - as well as her extensive experience in the creative industry. I highly recommend this course for anyone interested in advancing their career or pursuing a career in animation, game design, or children's book publishing.
Excellent!! This is a course that I will review over and over for there are so many great bits of information extremely well explained embedded in the broad concepts of composition and detailed illustration both in her own pieces and that of constructive critiquing her student's work. MJ is an excellent teacher! I am looking forward to her other classes! Nancy
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