Character Design with Gary Erskine


Faculty: Animation
Duration: 6 consecutive Saturdays (10am – 5pm)
Delivery: Online
Level: Introduction
Start Date: October
Course Director: Delphine Doreau
Fees: €550
Certification: Pulse College Cert


This course will cover the fundamental basics of approaching Character Design for games and animation, and also comics. Here you will learn how to create original characters for a variety of media by understanding how shape and form, colours, textures and patterns, the use of silhouettes, current and historical references, props and logos, all help to define your character. Once you learn the simple series of steps you will be able to instinctively create your own Character Design for any media and/or story.

Materials Required: Computer with Zoom access, a microphone and Webcam and pencil and paper or drawing tablet and stylus.


Gary Erskine

Gary Erskine

Gary Erskine is primarily an illustrator with over thirty years’ experience working mostly for MARVEL and DC Comics, as well as many other comic industry publishers including Image Comics, Dark Horse and 2000AD, on properties including Captain America, Judge Dredd and Batman. Gary teaches character design, storyboards, game design and illustration at Fife college, hosts various creative workshops in schools and libraries, delivers educational banners and flyers for promoting science to the public, and hosts graphic focused sessions as an invited lecturer at universities around the UK. He also provides storyboards for the film and game industry, and for TV commercials, and offers commercial design services and editorial art for print. In his spare time, he writes, draws and self publishes his own work.

See sample of Gary’s work below:

garyerskine dredd

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Prospective students should display an enthusiasm for character design, and a desire to take ideas from initial concept to finished product. There are no minimum academic requirements for acceptance onto this course, however it is advised that student have a basic proficiency in drawing skills.

Upon receiving your application form our Admissions Team will be in contact to discuss our payment options in securing your course place.


Irish / EU (Residing in Ireland)

Total Cost: €550

Deposit: €100 (Please note, deposit is non-refundable)
Balance: €450 (payable on start date of course)

International / EU (living outside of Ireland)

Total Cost: €550

Deposit: €100 (Please note, deposit is non-refundable)
Balance: €450 (payable on start date of course)