Thursday, September 1, 2016

Project 3 - Character Form (x6)

Prepare a Character Form for each of your main characters. 

This includes the following for EACH character:

1. One model sheet. The model sheet should contain the character’s name and basic statistics, show the character in at least 3 poses (front, side, back) and at least 5 expression studies (these may be head only). The model sheet should conform to either an 8.5x11 or 11x17 document for ease of printing.

* Model sheets should show front, side, back, three quarter front, optional - three quarter rear, and 5-10 facial expressions.

* Character’s name, age, occupation, and a brief character description should appear on the model sheet.

2. Fill out the very long questionnaire attached to this syllabus (some questions may not apply to your character, but try to answer as many as you can in depth) It is preferred that you retype the questions and answer them.

3. One 250-word summary of the character

4. Copies of the sketches and writings used to generate the character

Compile one final profile sheet that contains one front view of each of your characters side by side, then duplicate this image and reduce the characters to silhouettes.

9/20         Character Forms for Characters 1 and 2 are due

10/11      Character Forms for Characters 3 and 4 are due

11/1         Character Forms for Characters 5 and 6 are due


Full Name:
- Reason or meaning of name:
- Reason or meaning of name:

Age and appearance (i.e. looks older or younger than age)
Relevant information regarding gender (i.e. identity, preferred pronouns, etc.)
Ethnicity/cultural identity
Eye Color:
- Glasses or contacts:
Type of body/build:
Shape of face:
Distinguishing Marks:
Predominant feature:
Looks like:
Describe their diet:
Describe their sleep habits:
Is character healthy?
- why or why not?


Smokes: What? When and how much?
Drinks: What? When and how much?
Hobbies: What? When and how much?

Type of childhood:
First memory:
Most important childhood event that still affects character: Why?
Socioeconomic Level as a child:
Socioeconomic Level as an adult:

Parent or Parents:
Relationship to them:
Siblings: How many?
Birth order:
Relationship with each:
Children of siblings:

Most at ease when:
Not at ease when:
How character feels about self:
Past failure character would be embarrassed to have people know about: Why?
If granted one wish, what would it be? Why?

Greatest source of strength in character's personality (whether character sees it as such or not):
Greatest source of weakness in character's personality (whether character sees it as such or not):
Character's soft spot:
Is this soft spot obvious to others?
If not, how does character hide it?
Biggest vulnerability:

Leader or Follower?
Optimist or pessimist?
- Why?
Introvert or extrovert?
- Why?
Generous or stingy?
- Why?
Polite or rude?
- Why?
Judgmental or empathetic?
- Why?

Drives and motivations:
Extremely skilled at:
Extremely unskilled at:
Biggest regret:
A minor regret:
Biggest accomplishment:
A minor accomplishment:
Character's darkest secret:
Does anyone else know?
If yes, did character tell them?
If no, how did they find out?
How does the character deal with anger?
How does the character deal with sadness?
How does the character deal with conflict?
How does the character deal with change?
How does the character deal with loss?
What would the character like to change in his/her life?
What frightens this character?
What makes this character happy?

Spiritual or Religious?

One word character would use to describe self:
One paragraph description of how character would describe self:
What does character consider best physical characteristic?
What does character consider worst physical characteristic?
Are these realistic assessments? If not, why not?
How character thinks others perceive him/her:
What four things would character most like to change about self?
- Why?
If any of these changes were made, would character be as happy as s/he thinks?
If not, why not?

How does character relate to others?
How is character perceived by:
- Strangers?
- Friends?
- Spouse/Lover?
First impression:
- Why?
What happens to change this perception?
What do family/friends like most about character?
What do family/friends like least about character?

Immediate goals:
Long range goals:
How does character plan to accomplish these goals?
How will other characters be affected?

Favorite clothing:
- Why?
Least favorite clothing:
- Why?
Other accessories:
Where does character live?
Where does character want to live?
What does character do too much of?
What does character do too little of?
Most prized possession:
- Why?
Person character secretly admires:
- Why?
Person character was most influenced by:
- Why?

Additional Notes on This Character:

Having trouble?
Think about the exercises in visual character design we did in class. Select the most successful to develop into a more fully realized character.

Write for 20 minutes about this character. Who are they? What is their background? What does this character think about first thing in the morning, and just before falling asleep at night? What are this their favorite and least favorite things? Write in the stream-of-consciousness—don't worry about grammar, or spelling, or making complete sentences, just get the ideas down as quickly as you can. Do not stop writing for the entire 20 minutes, even if you think you've run out of things to say.

Review what you have written. Underline or make note of the best parts. Write down five story ideas based on what you wrote. Consider your original drawing. Should the design change, now that you know more about this character?

Next, write an account of a relatively typical day for this character, from waking up to falling back asleep. Make notes of any story ideas that occur to you during this process.

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