The Gnomon Workshop

Character Design for Animation with Gil Rimmer Vol. 2

Look and Feel, Full Body Character Development


In this second in a two lecture series, Gil continues to develop Francis' and Paulo's designs into full-body orthographic and 3/4 views. The demonstration finally culminates in a "look and feel" master shot posing the fighters in an alley behind Paulo's butcher shop. In the process, Gil reinforces the key principles from the first tutle: dynamic silhouettes, rhythms, graphic design and composition. He then explores the design brief further, introducing unique lighting approaches, shadow and light relationships, larger composition fundamentals, color treatments to complement the mood, and applying textures, atmosphere and visual effects to enhance the final result.

Duration: 370 minutes

Format: SD 1024x768

Gil Rimmer

Concept Designer

Born in Israel, Gil Rimmer studied Industrial Design at the Vital center of design in Tel Aviv. Finding his true passion in storytelling and visual development for animated films, Gil moved to Vancouver, and for the past three years has worked as a vis-dev artist and production designer developing IPs (intellectual properties) for Rainmaker Entertainment, IDT Entertainment, The Weinstein Company, Blue Yonder Films, Tony Hawk and Mattel. Recently, Gil finished work as a production designer on the animated sequel to the original Nutty Professor, starring the voice talent of Jerry Lewis, as well as working as a vis-dev artist on the animated feature production of Escape from Planet Earth. Currently, Gil works as a Central Art Director at Electronic Arts' Cinematic Division in Montreal.

  • "Gil Rimmer is an artist's artist, committed to the traditional arts as well as being a skilled digital artist. His passion for art and storytelling have led him to a position as a Central Art Director for Electronic Arts Cinematic Division in Montreal. This tutorial is a rare opportunity to see inside the mind of this visual genius and to explore with him the process of creating characters for animated features."

    - Stephen McClure
    Visual Artist