Eric Chartrand-McCueAPW Character Design Contest winner 2015
Winning free tuition to the Animation Portfolio Workshop was exhilarating, and partaking in the workshop was fun, and at times a little challenging to learn the ropes. But as soon as you learn them everything else gets easier and what you learn there will last you a lifetime. Several, if your gifted (joke). Anything that you want to get into, whether it be storyboarding, animation, comics, illustration, or even 3d animation will be easier once you learn what it is that you need to learn. But only if you're willing to do the work.
Afia FobiAPW Character Design Contest Winner 2014
Being able to attend the APW has been one of the most important experiences in my development as an artist. The in-depth and solid approaches to teaching of drawing techniques, from gesture and contour, to design and structure has had a considerable impact on improving my work. Not only is the quality of instruction top notch, but the positive atmosphere of being able to befriend and learn from other aspiring artists was awesome.
Maisie LiAPW Character Design Contest winner 2013
APW has completely changed my life. I got into Sheridan's animation program using the portfolio I made at APW. My parents never considered art school an option for me, so winning the contest helped convince them a lot. The workshop has given me the opportunities to succeed and pursue my dream of becoming an animator by helping me get into art school. The program and the teachers are all amazing and I hope that many other people in the future will also get this amazing chance, thanks APW!
- First prize - Free tuition for the 2018/2019 session of APW. Total value $5,480.00 CDN.
- Second Prize - Toon Boom Harmony
- Third Prize - Toon Boom Storyboard Pro
- Fourth Prize - $300 worth of art supplies
- Fifth Prize - free passes to Anime North 2018
Anyone who has not been an APW student or in a post secondary animation or illustration program can enter and be eligible to win.
APW is beyond pleased to have stop-motion animation artist Lynn Dana Wilton as our 2018 special guest judge to choose the winners in this year's contest. A friend of APW, Lynn's extensive experience in animating stop motion characters gives her a keen eye for character design.
Each character design submission must include 4 standing poses, 3 action poses and 4 facial expressions.
- Carefully read the guidelines: apw_char_des_contest_rules_regulations_2018
- Fill out and mail: apw_character_design_contest_INFO_SHEET_2018
- Fill out and mail: apw_character_design_contest_RELEASE_2018
The deadline for all APW Character Design Contest submissions is Thursday, April 19th, 2018.
For those who are just starting out in character design APW has brought together sound advice from seasoned animation professionals. Scroll through our series of Pro-Tips.
Simple ShapePro-Tip 1 Simple Shape
Reference ImagesPro-Tip 2 Reference Images
Volumetric ShapesPro-Tip 3 Volumetric Shapes
Shape CurvesPro-Tip 4 Shape Curves
Contrast Is KeyPro-Tip 5 Contrast Is Key
Know Your CharacterPro-Tip 6 Know Your Character
Pro Tip 7
VariationPro Tip 7 Variation
Special Guest Judge
Myke Bakich Story Artist
APW 2016 Character Design ContestMyke's website
Special Guest Judge
Aaron Hong Designer
APW 2017 Character Design ContestAaron's Instagram
Special Guest Judge
Lynn Dana Wilton Stop-Motion
APW 2018 Character Design ContestLynn's website
Lynn Dana Wilton2018 Special Guest Judge / Stop Motion Animator
I’m a professional stop-motion animation gypsy. Getting my hands on a range of materials and moving them around under a camera is what gets me excited. The best thing about stop-motion is having a connection to something real; whether it’s a fully armatured, three-dimensional puppet or pile of sand on a light table. An audience understanding what your character or material is thinking & feeling is where the real magic happens.
Aaron Hong2017 Special Guest Judge / Art Director, Designer, Visual Development
Always know the audience you are designing for so you can best determine the style to accommodate the story. I was told designing is always 80% research and 20% drawing
Myke Bakich2016 Special Guest Judge / Story Artist
Working in the animation industry requires more than a handful of skills and abilities. On a daily basis you are required to be quick, confident, committed, careful and provide a high level of quantity and quality work. I was very fortunate to study at the Animation Portfolio Workshop. It instilled in me the dedication and craftsmanship required to develop and use these skills not only as a student, but as a professional. I still use the fundamentals I learned in class at work each day. When it comes to finding success in the workforce you've gotta have the skills to stay employed.
Saud Boksmati2015 Special Guest Judge / Visual Development & Character Design
I feel very fortunate to have gone down this road -drawing is a very beautiful skill.