© Gudetama

Illustration: food inspired character design

Start Thu 4 July '24
16:00 - 22:00

1 session


Standard price: € 42
All prices

Location OPEK
Vaartkom 4
3000 Leuven

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Language & teacher(s) English

This day is dedicated entirely to characters. Not just characters: characters entirely based on ... food!

In Japan, this is an everyday phenomenon. In advertising, but also film and animation, food comes to life in the form of a real character. Try googling Gudetama, Anpanman of To-Fu Oyako to meet some of them!

Led by illustrator Ming Yue, who studied in Japan for many years, we dive into Asian visual culture. Based on our favourite foods, we design our own characters and explore what an expressive character needs. We experiment with shapes, expressions and colour to make our character come to live. Maybe we can even put some characters together and create a cartoon?

We work with all kinds of illustration techniques and materials. We draw inspiration from various Japanese examples and illustrators, as well as from our own shared dinner in the evening. For this, you can bring your own meal or order something at café Entrepot.


Bring your own apron or work shirt. All materials are provided and included in the course price. This course is taught in English.

Level of experience

Niveau X: everyone welcome, both beginners and experienced illustrators!


  • Thu 4 July '24
    16:00 - 22:00
    OPEK - check bij aankomst / check upon arrival


  • OPEK Vaartkom 4
    3000 Leuven Show on map

    Check www.opek.be for more information about how to get here. At the first session, you will be welcomed by someone from WISPER who will tell you exactly where in/around the building your course takes place.

    Good to know if you take a full-day course here: for the lunch break, you can bring your own lunch, eat in at Café Entrepot or buy something at the Lidl supermarket around the corner.


  • Better world price
    € 46 Pay a little extra, help make WISPER affordable for everyone
  • Standard price
    € 42 Covers the costs of your course
  • Reduced price
    € 34 If you have trouble making ends meet
  • Holders of Cultuurkaart KU Leuven
    € 32 For students at KU Leuven, UC Leuven-Limburg and LUCA Campus Lemmens
  • Social discount UiTPAS Leuven
    € 8 (max 6 / year) only for Leuven citizens


Ming Yue

Ming Yue is a Chinese cartoonist/illustrator, born in Beijing, also studied, lived and worked in…
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