Living Dragons is a 3D character design Master’s thesis project in which four visual special effects technologies (puppetry, stop motion, CGI, and motion capture) are represented with four different characters intended to represent the archetypes of those technologies. The goal is to foster curiosity in these topics and encourage its audience to explore their new interests further. The project itself is meant to be casual and fun, an inviting place to begin learning about a new topic. This project is also meant to explore how character design can be used to convey how technology works, and to utilize that design to educate an audience in a casual setting.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Computer graphics--Design; Computer drawing--Special effects; Three-dimensional imaging; Characters and characteristics in art; Dragons in art
Visual Communication Design (MFA)
Department, Program, or Center
School of Design (CIAS)
Vandivert, Karen, "Living Dragons: Illustrating VFX Character Creation Techniques" (2015). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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