Recorded Lessons This Unit builds on what we were introduced in the Gr9 Exploring Technology course, with a greater emphasis placed towards generating our character designs, in terms of applying the creative process to generate form and not necessarily function.
We can further incorporate a number of the elements that make up the Design Process into our workflow, such as Research & Analysis to generate the background story of our character, including shape languages incorporated by other artists and designers to assist us in generating our initial concept designs.
Past Exemplars can be found at the bottom of this page, our assignment will be further revised and expanded together, in order to make Remote Learning more accessible for all. Kindly review the work posted here on a daily basis, it will keep you apprised of any new development and processes to help you along completing this unit of study.
Coming up with a background story for your character as soon as possible, will help you tremendously with your character design process, particularly within all the stages of our work. Through this approach, you will simply work to develop supporting elements and characteristics relating to your character, as opposed to simply just copying shapes from other artists and designers in the hope of something that will "Stick" in the end.
Initial Steps What genre are you most interested-in to build your inspirations from, possibly from movies you have watched, games you have played , science fiction stories and such, bring-in as many examples as you think might help to start the creative design process.
For me, I am big Star Wars Fan, I will bring many influences into my Research & Analysis stage, possibly inspirations from the Mandalorian as well particularly from season 1.
After the Research & Analysis stage, we should all have a good idea as to the background of our Robot Character. Additional information will be added in the very near future.
My Submission for this Assignment
360 Turntable Rotation (Last item to be delivered.
Our Process and Stages: Robot Character Design Allocated Time: 7 Classes Stage 01:Research & Analysis (1 Day) As per all our projects Make connections to the items you downloaded and use those elements as a starting point for your Robot character Design
Stage 01a:Create a background Story of your Character(1 Period of Class Time- evolved from your Research) What does it do? Think about a Purpose... Is your Robot for a movie, a show, a domestic helper robot, make up a Background story- It will help you tremendously in the Design Process
Stage 02:Elements that Make Up the Whole (1 Period of Class Time) Draw from your references parts that might inspire you to eventually incorporate in your Character Design
Stage 03:Concept Sketches "4-2-1" (2 Periods of Class Time) Building on your research, references, drawn body parts, and also the background story of your character, this is where you start working on producing thumbnail sketches. Start with Four initial ideas, evolve it to Two then One, so that you can further refine in in the next stage. Please enjoy this process, let your imagination run wild...:)
Stage 04:Further Refinement (1 to 2 Periods of Class Time) At this stage, you can work on the One character design that you like most and further develop it, by adding details, parts, as much revisions and details to best connect with the background story of your robot character. For example, as far as my own robot, this is the stage where I will be exploring if my robot has a telescopic mid section, that could raise and bend the upper body of my bot. I am thinking of adding a Utility Belt, Jet Pack, as well as a Backpack since this is a First Aid Robot. I may spend a bit more time refining what the face looks like, the connections between all body parts, remembering each time for me to draw my character many times over, as opposed to adding and then erasing every change I make.
Stage 05:Proposed Character Design & Final Package (2 to 3 Periods of Class Time) Your last page can have your proposed character design placed, in an action pose (contrapposto), avoid upright stiff poses (remember our C, S and I discussion), shaded(digitally coloured completely optional)with your full biography/ background story of your character.
Create your final package using Google Slides as previously discussed and demonstrated in class. Please remember to add a title page with logo initials, table of contents, visuals relating to your process on your first page. Title bar goes on every page, with your logo initials, typography and visuals applied with hierarchy of information and design principles for page layouts. Last step, export your slides as One PDF document, with your full name and project title (AlexiBalian_RobotCharacterDesign) .