Monday, July 2, 2018
Just ran across this design assignment from Will Weston:
The assignment was 300 facial expressions & heads from feature animated films. The films were largely from the 90’s so that students can see the actual line-work used to describe the forms (noses, mouths, eyes, all expressing). The films were largely Disney films, because they made so many, but the point was to learn expressions to be used with new student designs in later classes. To do the assignment go to: animationscreencaps.com and start drawing.
It’s not a test. In my classes a mid-term is just a longer term project. This one was 7 weeks, but that was on top of weekly homework assignments. I’m not a big tester. I prefer to get people to work hard and the rest takes care of itself.
It’s primary intention is to teach facial expression, and to generally get students going on character drawing. Working primarily with 90’s traditional animation they draw characters expressions from the films. They have 7 weeks to do 300 facial expressions. We use the expressions on new characters in the second half of the class.