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att.JAPAN Issue 55, March 2011

The Making of a Character

 

 Be a Professional!

Do you want to become a cartoonist, animator, character designer or illustrator?
Your dream will come true after studying at Nihon Kogakuin College.

You will study a variety of skills for "anime," "character design" and "cartoon comics" by creating many works in the Manga and Animation Department of Nihon Kogakuin College.

You will learn to enjoy creating, harnessing the power of expression, and the skills for working in various IT media including electronic publishing and websites as well as print publishing and TV programs.

Animation Course
You will study all stages of creating anime: drawing, story-boarding, producing, camerawork, and digital editing. These skills will open the door to a possible future occupation as an animator, digital compositor, digital background picture painter, and/or anime producer.

Manga Course
The focus of this course is to improve your ability to draw and your power of expression. In addition, you will learn a wide range of the latest skills and technologies for creating manga, such as scenario development, editing, digital comic and cell-phone websites, and electronic publishing. These skills will help you to have a future occupation as a cartoonist, scenario writer, and/or manga story writer.

Character Design Course
You will study character design for games, anime, and manga. Also, you will learn a variety of design techniques such as illustration, DTP, and website design. This course will provide the skills for you to become a designer, illustrator, and/or graphic designer.

Curriculum
First Semester of the First Grade
Students need to study the basics first. Various skills for CG, manga, anime, character design, and drawing are learned through practical training. They also study a wide range of the general culture from career design to color coordination.

Second Semester of the First Grade
Students create original works for an autumn joint exhibition (Gi) using the techniques they have mastered so far. From October they start creating the works to be finished in the first grade.

First Semester of the Second Grade
Students study more specialized practical training in the second grade. Unlike the basic training in the first grade, they study more practical techniques in classes more related to real jobs in order to debut or find employment. They also can receive certification in the fields of CG, multi media, and image processing.

Second Semester of the Second Grade
Students may take advantage of internship opportunities in training classes. They can start creating works for graduation that show their accomplishments from the two-year course. Selected works are presented at the Tokyo International Anime Fair held at Tokyo Big Sight in March. It is a great opportunity to introduce their works to the many visitors.

Advantages
Based on anime, manga and character design, students learn a wide range of information and skills using computers, such as CG, website creation and digital illustration.

Nihon Kogakuin College has a sister school, the Tokyo University of Technology with Japan's first faculty for media. In the digital anime industry, more and more knowledge is necessary to stay current and interactions with the university and the credit transfer system are strong advantages for a student futures.

The practical curriculum provides opportunities for students to train in workshops supported by many animation studios and publishing companies. Collaboration with professional creators and teachers of the Manga and Animation Department is highly inspiring for students to improve techniques and sensibilities. It is also a good opportunity to make connections and network with key persons in the industry.

 

 The Making of a Character

1. Rough Design
First, loosely decide the profile of the character. For example, imagine a witch girl who is pretty but sometimes does silly things and then draw a rough design based on the profile.

2. Making Senga (Line Drawing)
Based on the rough design, create senga (a line drawing) using a computer. Be careful not to lose the freshness of the rough design.

3. Pen-ire (Completing the Senga)
Finish the line drawing. Be meticulous in improving the design and modifying the balance.

4. Base Coating
Stack the senga layer on the other layers including any background layers, and color each layer. Always be aware of the total balance of color.

5. Painting & Shading
First, shade the base hair color. Carefully paint using a brush because a gradation tool creates the mechanical-looking color. Roughly shade in with a brush tool, paying attention to where the light is coming from. Paint and shade in the entire picture in the same manner.

6. Making the Background
Color the lines and paint the background scene.

7. Finish
Sprinkle stars by using a brush. Be sure to coordinate the tone and it will be finished.


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