NOTE: Course outline for each instructor may be different; for specific outline information, please select the instructor and click on “Request Syllabus” below. | This mentorship is designed to be tailored to each student’s goals and challenges as character designers, and to help each student build a stronger, more professional character design portfolio. Through one-on-one mentoring over a series of group sessions and lectures, the instructor will work with students to refine their existing work, design new characters, explore style and shape language, and ultimately create a cohesive body of work for their portfolios and future projects. In preparation for the first live session, students will submit their most up-to-date portfolios during the orientation period/Week 0 of the course. *PLEASE NOTE: An application is required for this course. The first round of Winter Term applicants–those received by December 3–will be notified of application status no later than December 10, 2021. The notification date for the second round of applicants is to be determined.
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.
David was born in Jersey City and raised in Manalapan, New Jersey. Growing up infatuated with the arts and music, he spent his childhood splitting his time between drawing what he loved and playing his piano and trumpet.
He graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City in 2010 with a BFA in Illustration. In January 2015, he moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue a career in the animation industry, began as a Prop Designer for Disney Television Animation, and hasn't looked back since.
He is currently a lead character designer at Netflix, on an unannounced project. His other clients have included Disney Television Animation, Dreamworks TV, WB, Titmouse, Nickelodeon, and Bento Box, among others.
He currently lives in Burbank with his boyfriend and their dog, Banjo.
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.
Sang Jun Lee received his BFA in Illustration at the Academy of Art University in California. After graduating, he continued to explore his imagination by specializing in creating style of visual look of character, creature design and Illustration for live action film, feature Animation, commercial and game studios. His clients have included Industrial Light & Magic, Lucas Film, Blue Sky Studios, Sony Computer Entertainment, and Electronic Arts. His film credits include Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Wars Episode III, Men in Black II, Hulk, War of the Worlds, Dr Seuss' “Horton hears a who”, Rio, Epic, Rio 2, The Peanuts Movie, and Blue Sky’s 2017 feature film release, “Ferdinand”.
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He’s been very informative and was accommodating. Easy to follow, solid feedback and lectures made me think outside of the box.
He was always very encouraging but also offered great draw-overs showing potential for growth.
I was very happy how my work came out with the guidance I received!
This course helped me THINK differently as a designer, and I know my work has improved tremendously because of it.
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.
Sam is a wonderful instructor. The atmosphere during the lessons and recorded reviews was very positive. It was a great learning experience
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