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Character Design Portfolio Mentorship

An 8-week mentorship course where students will strengthen their character design portfolios based on career goals and artistic direction/pursuits. (Application required—see overview for details.)

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Course Format:
Live group sessions (sessions are recorded and available afterwards)
Duration:
8 weeks
Materials:
Photoshop and tablet (or equivalent)
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- Advanced
Feedback:
Individual recordings
Q&A:
Live (sessions are recorded and available afterwards)
Prerequisites:
*NOTE: application required 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 (sessions are recorded and available afterwards)
Duration:
8 weeks
Materials:
Photoshop and tablet (or equivalent)
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- Advanced
Feedback:
Individual recordings
Q&A:
Live (sessions are recorded and available afterwards)
Prerequisites:
*NOTE: application required 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 (sessions are recorded and available afterwards)
Duration:
8 weeks
Materials:
Photoshop and tablet (or equivalent)
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- Advanced
Feedback:
Individual recordings
Q&A:
Live (sessions are recorded and available afterwards)
Prerequisites:
*NOTE: application required 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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Week 1 | Introduction, getting to know your work, and defining expectations

Discussion about the path to becoming a character designer. (ILM, Blue Sky Studios). How to complete your character design portfolio and 10 Tips. The importance of a story.

Week 2 | Understanding Character Design

Defining shape language across the board. Find the style of character with strong silhouette and shape; learn about brainstorming

Week 3 | Technique exploration

Exploring techniques that will aid personal artistic development. Bring your sketch to life: Understand the basic principle for character designer.

Week 4 | Character Arcs

Keeping your character identifiable through the different arcs of your story.

Week 5 | Technique exploration

Exploring techniques that will aid personal artistic development. Bring your sketch to life: exaggerate & high contrast for your character.

Week 6 | The importance of consistency

Achieving cohesiveness through your artwork, keeping consistency between styles. Talk about a style guide and create characters for your character line up!

Week 7 | Technique exploration

Exploring techniques that will aid personal artistic development. Bring your sketch to life: How to using reference researching and light and shadow

Week 8 | Presenting your characters to the world

How to effectively present characters created in the course as part of one cohesive portfolio. The importance of knowing your audience and how to continue to develop your portfolio after this course.

Character Design Portfolio Mentorship
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
Instructor

Prepare to meet your master.

Bill Robinson
Sam Nassour

Bill Robinson is a character designer and illustrator based in Los Angeles. For the last three years he has been the Lead Character Designer on Boss Baby: Back in Business at Dreamworks TV. Bill has also worked in feature film for Netflix, Warner Bros, and Sony Pictures Animation. His TV work involves character design for Disney Jr’s Puppy Dog Pals, as well as projects for Cartoon Network, WB, and Duncan Studio. He has also illustrated over twelve books for children and worked with clients that include Disney, Henson, Universal, Penguin Random House and Little Brown Books. He can also regularly be found at comic conventions like San Diego Comic Con and CTN, where he sells his books and artwork.

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Sam Nassour is an Art Director and a Visual Development Artist in the animation and games industries, with experience of working with studios like Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, Netflix Animation and currently Rovio Entertainment.
He loves visual storytelling and creating his own character design and illustration ideas in his spare time, besides working on personal projects like writing and creating a graphic novel.

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Ellie Crane

He’s been very informative and was accommodating. Easy to follow, solid feedback and lectures made me think outside of the box.

Brendan Loscar

He was always very encouraging but also offered great draw-overs showing potential for growth.

Rosana Iarusso

I was very happy how my work came out with the guidance I received!

Amber Kenneson

This course helped me THINK differently as a designer, and I know my work has improved tremendously because of it.

Ivy Jordan

Bill was a really great mentor with a lot of experience at his disposal. Watching him draw was really incredible too. Seeing the way another artist works and how they choose to tackle a design is seriously so helpful.

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Personal Feedback

Receive personal individual feedback on all submitted assignments from the industry’s best artist.

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Certificate of Completion

Earn a Certificate of Completion when you complete and turn in 80% of course assignments.

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Character Design Portfolio Mentorship
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