Character Drawing and Concept Art

How many styles of Batman can we design? Can you really get a job designing Star Wars characters here in Vancouver? Where did they get the idea for Homer Simpson? What’s the difference between anime and manga? In this course students will explore some of these themes in the creative industry, and learn how to balance their personal style with new knowledge to explore and articulate their creative voice. The course will start with classical drawing skills and develop these into comics, illustration, concept art and animation. We will break down the fundamentals of drawing and designing characters, locations and objects, and bring imaginary worlds to life!

Your Educator – Marieke Helmke

Marieke holds a Bachelor in Visual Arts and Political Science for Teaching from the University of the Arts and Freie Universität in Berlin. She just moved back to the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and səlilwətaɬ territories where she attended an exchange semester at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 2018. As she grew up in the Teutoburg Forest in Germany, she loves being around trees and is grateful to be able to spend more time here on these lands. In her artistic practice she currently explores different angles of empathy and care through sound projects, song writing and painting. Back in Berlin she co-coordinates a collective which organizes seminars on feminist topics and music. Over the past 7 years she mentored and supported young people in their creative processes in diverse contexts and is excited to continue that at BrainBoost.

Your Educator – Peter Forde

Peter aims to make the classroom his studio where creativity is the leader of learning. Coming from a world of traditional Ireland and teaching in the creative hub of London, England, Peter has developed a broad range of artistic experiences. He has exhibited in Ireland and England through painting, media arts, performance and theatre and sees himself as much of a teacher as an artist. Currently Peter prints at Malaspina studios in Granville Island and exhibits at galleries in Vancouver. Peter values the role of the teacher as the facilitator to the student’s creativity but draws from his technical and expressive experiences to bloom the student’s unique ability. The arts define our culture and our identity and at Brainboost we are delighted to celebrate these qualities. Expect the fun of the carnival, with the sincerity of gallery.

How much does it cost?


(mid-term enrollment offered at a pro-rated price)

When is it?

Mondays 4:00-6:00 pm

What are the dates?

September 12th – June 12th

(This class is offered with anytime entry throughout the year)

What ages is it appropriate for?


What credits can be earned?



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After completing our enquiry form you will recieve a scheduled phone call to speak to our Intake Coordinator for further information on the course and registration process.