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Pictoplasma Academy

Character Design and storytelling

Pictoplasma is the world's leading platform for character design and art and in 2023 I was selected to attend the Pictoplasma Academy in Berlin - an academy set up to enable a deeper understanding of character design and promote the development of storytelling through characters, led by Rilla Alexander, Nathan Jurevicius and Philip Hunt.

Throughout this course, I gained a closer relationship with my own characters that I created through my daily drawing practice. I learnt the fundamentals of what makes a good story, how different narrative structures can influence story development and I created my own character led stories through 'beat boards'.

Thanks to this course, I have defined character bibles for my characters, learning who they are inside and out, explored them in 3D forms through clay sculptures and most importantly, the course helped me uncover the essence of why my characters exist and what message they are spreading in the world.

My ultimate takeaway from this experience has been the value of collaboration, and how when working together, magical things can happen.