CAP 101 - Concept & Character Development

Review for Second Test

The following questions are provided to help you study for the second test. Do not expect to see these exact questions on the test.

  1. Both authors believe in drawing three-quarter views of characters. What do you get out of making such a drawing?

  2. Mr. Bancroft presents a realism hierarchy for animal characters.

    Which is the most realistic level?

    Which is the least realistic level?

    Which three walk like animals?

    All other things being equal, which would probably take the most production time?

  3. Assume you are using a middle level of realism for an animal character. Why do you still need to think about skeletal and muscular structures?

  4. What body elements does Mr. Bancroft suggest making larger to enhance an animal character's appeal?

    What body elements does he suggest making smaller?

  5. Assume you have three female characters in a project. What are some aspects of hair style that you could apply to them to make them look different from each other?

  6. If you were looking for modern clothing ideas, what are some references you might consult?

  7. How can you make a hair style reinforce a character's personality?

  8. Using the Kid Kaboom example, what design elements has Mr. Bancroft used in the character to reinforce the concept in the character's name. What does he want us to know about the character when we first see him?

  9. When making your characters fit a common reality, what should you look for? What may have to be changed?

    What might you see in a production that would make the characters seem to be from different realities?

  10. Mr. Bancroft gives us five age ranges in which we can draw characters. Think of the proportional differences and other features he lists for each one.

    How many heads high does he draw a baby? How about each of the other ages?

    How is a child drawn differently from a teen?

    Which is the tallest stage of a character's life span?

    What characteristics does he change for old characters?

  11. Mr. Bancroft talks about variance between characters.

    What characteristics might you vary between two hero side friends in a scene?

    What characteristics might you vary between a hero and a villain?

  12. When you need to add a character, what do you need to include in the pitch you will make for that character?

    What should you tell the pitch audience about the character to sell the idea of putting them in the story?


    Questions suggested in class:
  13. What can you learn by studying the anatomy of an animal that you can apply to a mythical character?

  14. What are the characteristics that Mr. Bancroft uses to define a baby?

  15. What general shapes are used for drawing a baby?

  16. What are the characteristics Mr. Bancroft uses to define an older person?

  17. What are three major elements you need to remember when designing a character to look a certain age?

  18. What are some classic differences you might find between the clothing of a hero and a villain?

  19. Within an age group, how do Mr. Bancroft's male characters differ from his female characters?

  20. What are Mr. Bancroft's rules of proportion for female characters?

  21. What do facial expressions and clothing bring to a character's personality?

  22. Why do you research real animals when designing an animal character? What do you want to learn?

  23. What do you include in a written pitch for a character or a scene? What is the purpose of a pitch?

  24. What design elements/principles are the same for teenagers and kids?