Character Design: Fabien Mense

Fabien Mense is a French artist who has worked in comics and animation. On his website‘s About Page, he introduces himself thusly:

Sometimes I’m a comic book author (Agito cosmos/ the Tikitis), Sometimes I’m a visual developement artist in the animation industry (Marathon media, Method film, Sony Pictures Animation …). I live in Paris, France and my frenglish is absolutely amazing. I’m always interested on new collaborations and projects.

In class we’ll take a good look at his character design work and try to figure out some of the strategies he uses to create such appealing and emotive character designs. Later in the semester we’ll take a look at his French language comic Agito Cosmos and study his page layout and composition techniques.

Fabien’s most content heavy site right now is his tumblr, which is fine if you’re doing your research from home or on your personal device, but we do know that the LAUSD firewall is not fond of tumblr. I’ve collected a large assortment of examples from his site and placed them here for your convenience:

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