Owen Welsh’s Introduction to Character Design Coming in June!

Aspiring animators or comic book artists looking to craft lively characters full of movement should sign up for one of the slots still open in Owen Welsh‘s Character Design course! Starting June 4, and running Mondays until July 16 (with a break for July 2), students will learn the basics of what makes a character strong, how to put together a model sheet, and more.

“My mission is to focus on the foundational principles and build from there. The bigest eye opening experiences will be when I draw over students drawings and explain my thought process. I will be encouraging students to research and observe nature. Often times nature can be the greatest teacher,” Owen says.

“Students will develop ‘new eyes’ to critique and improve their drawings outside of class. They will discover the secret language of design and how it applies to character development. You do not need to be imbued with a special ability to learn how to design a character. Drawing is a language and it can be learned if you are a careful observer and mindful of techniques we will learn in class.”

One thing Owen’s class will address is a common misconception about character design.

Owen says, “There is a tendency for characters to look overly complicated and busy. Simplicity is the key to appeal. Question every element you add to the character. Every detail should have value, further strengthening your design.”

Slots tend to fill up fast, so make sure to sign up as soon as you can! For more information, and to sign up, click here.

You can also take advantage of our bundle offer! If you purchase this class as well as Art of Animation 102: Introduction to Animating and Art of Animation 203: Introduction to Storyboarding, you will receive a $300 discount! Click here for more information on this offer!


If you want to make comics, write, draw, letter, and color comics, or improve as a comics creator, you’ll find like-minded friends and colleagues in our online workshops and courses. We hope to see you there!

Posted by Meredith Nudo