Character Design Lab

Professional Diploma Art & Design Programme
Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology

Interim Semester, 2007-2008


The Character Design lab ran for three weeks and involved fifteen Professional Diploma design students. Facilitated by author and illustrator Chris Haughton and me, initial exercises advanced the participants understanding of character design and anthropomorphisation through human face/ body studies and by experimenting with the accentuation, reduction and abstraction of forms and features. Quick character development exercises provided a variety of challenges and considerations; including 2D, 3D, product, installation, photography, motion and location. Through these exercises participants examined how considerations such as scale, media, tactility, sequencing or context affect how a character is designed and how an audience responds to, or engages with it. 

Possibilities for a final group project and exhibition were then conceived during ideation sessions. The theme of ‘opposites’ was chosen by the students. For this they created narrative text within a simple cause and effect rhyming structure and used simple paper craft and pop-up mechanisms for their character creations. The final narrative was cyclical and linked all of the student work together.


Somesh Kumar

Somesh Kumar

Somesh Kumar

Somesh Kumar

Pushpi Bagchi

Pushpi Bagchi

Pushpi Bagchi

Pushpi Bagchi

Students: Ayesha Thomas, Avantika Poddar, Bharat Joshi, Bharati S Bahrani, Hazel Karkarla, Manasi Lamba, Pushpi Bagchi, Sharvari Shah, Sneha Sundareshan, Somesh Kumar, Upasana Mehnidiratta, Rebana John


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