Create more than just art!
If you are familiar with Mario, Hello Kitty, Pikachu, and Rilakkuma, then you can easily understand kawaii characters. In this class, we will explore Japanese contemporary drawing styles to create Japanese anime characters of our own vision and design. Students will also learn how to make manga (Japanese-style comic) and basic animation techniques.
Starting with basic drawing techniques, children will learn about and experience various mixed media (like crayon scratch, origami and magazine collage, making textures with acrylic color, using Japanese painting paper and so on…), watch Japanese animation, and create their own characters.
Our class is not just a fan art drawing class, but also a place where the potential of young vivid imaginations can be expanded through anime characters. Once students make their own characters, they will have the opportunity to “play” with them! A character drawn on paper can be converted to a digital media file to be animated.
Naoaki Funayama grew up surrounded by robot animation in Japan. He received his master's in painting at the Osaka University of Arts, graduating with several awards with his robot character illustration and paintings. While attending, Funayama also taught drawing to his university's manga department as a teaching assistant. He eventually entered a manga competition featuring Kazuo Koike, a famous manga artist in Japan as guest judge, and received an award for character design. After graduating, he drew manga and gained experience by participating in the well-known manga convention, Comic Market as well as actively contacting professional manga writers and publishers. Funayama worked with digital art design through painting software for websites and posters. He now creates vibrant illustrations.