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Character Design Mentorship with Carlos Grangel

A 4-week intensive character design mentorship under the guidance of a renowned industry veteran. (Application required—see overview for details.)

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Course Format:
Live group sessions; all questions addressed during the twice-weekly live sessions
Duration:
4 weeks
Materials:
Photoshop (or equivalent) and Wacom Tablet, plus student choice to explore ideas: paper and pencils, markers, gouache, watercolors, etc.
Lecture Type:
Live group sessions (sessions are recorded and available afterwards)
Assignment:
Ongoing work each week (Expect to spend 8-10 hrs/wk)
Skills Level:
Intermediate to Advanced
Feedback:
Live (sessions are recorded and available afterwards)
Q&A:
Live group sessions (sessions are recorded and available afterwards); all questions addressed during the twice-weekly live sessions
Prerequisites:
Students should have a good sketching and drawing foundation, and basic knowledge in color techniques. Course prerequisites: Character Design for Animation, Character Design for Production.
Course Format:
Live group sessions; all questions addressed during the twice-weekly live sessions
Duration:
4 weeks
Materials:
Photoshop (or equivalent) and Wacom Tablet, plus student choice to explore ideas: paper and pencils, markers, gouache, watercolors, etc.
Lecture Type:
Live group sessions (sessions are recorded and available afterwards)
Assignment:
Ongoing work each week (Expect to spend 8-10 hrs/wk)
Skills Level:
Intermediate to Advanced
Feedback:
Live (sessions are recorded and available afterwards)
Q&A:
Live group sessions (sessions are recorded and available afterwards); all questions addressed during the twice-weekly live sessions
Prerequisites:
Students should have a good sketching and drawing foundation, and basic knowledge in color techniques. Course prerequisites: Character Design for Animation, Character Design for Production.
Course Format:
Live group sessions; all questions addressed during the twice-weekly live sessions
Duration:
4 weeks
Materials:
Photoshop (or equivalent) and Wacom Tablet, plus student choice to explore ideas: paper and pencils, markers, gouache, watercolors, etc.
Lecture Type:
Live group sessions (sessions are recorded and available afterwards)
Assignment:
Ongoing work each week (Expect to spend 8-10 hrs/wk)
Skills Level:
Intermediate to Advanced
Feedback:
Live (sessions are recorded and available afterwards)
Q&A:
Live group sessions (sessions are recorded and available afterwards); all questions addressed during the twice-weekly live sessions
Prerequisites:
Students should have a good sketching and drawing foundation, and basic knowledge in color techniques. Course prerequisites: Character Design for Animation, Character Design for Production.
COURSE OVERVIEW
COURSE OVERVIEW
WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
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The more you know, the better.

Week 1 | Inspiration & Exploring Characters

Develop the characters: Introduction to Carlos’ method for beginning to explore the character design for a film or any project. Focus on the 3 essentials: passion, imagination, and discipline. How to utilize nature and art as the main sources of inspiration. Start on rough character designs

Week 2 | Finding Your Characters

Focus on one character to explore further: How a character designer fits into a production environment; Effectively using the story, script, and director’s notes to create the best possible design to reflect the character’s personality. Finding main characters, secondary characters, and miscellaneous or incidental characters.

Week 3 | Thinking Differently: Breathing Life Into Your Characters

Give life to your characters! Think about acting, movement, and staging. Explore the full range of facial expressions and dynamic poses for the main character.

Week 4 | Preparing Your Characters for Final Presentation

Great work deserves great presentation: Cleanup, turnaround, color, and final presentation. Put together a model packet that’s ready to present to the production team!

Character Design Mentorship with Carlos Grangel
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
Instructor

Prepare to meet your master.

Carlos Grangel has been working as a Character Designer for the past 30 years, having helped design 18 feature films, including: The Prince of Egypt, The Road to El Dorado, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, Madagascar, Corpse Bride, Kung-Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon, Pirates, and Hotel Transylvania. He has also helped develop film shorts such as The Periwig Maker, Alma, and Nina, The Little Bulldozer. His work has been exhibited at LACMA (LA), MoMA (NY), Katzen Arts Center (DC), ACMI in Melbourne, the Toronto Bell Lightbox, The Seoul Museum of Art, and La Cinematheque Française in Paris.

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