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Design your character's personality
This is a beginning character design course with an emphasis on creating memorable characters with interesting personalities & shapes to tell a story. The goal is to visually communicate our characters from life observations, reference, and our imaginations. As we continue the course, the students will get used to the idea of iteration and refinement in designs, better serving the story and direction. Exploration, getting out of your comfort zone, and visually communicating through drawing will be major components to our class.
Fundamentals of Character Design WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
The more you know, the better.
Bringing out the best in talent
Stefan is a senior concept artist and illustrator with a strong focus on character design and he excels at drawing and painting stylized characters and animals. He has worked as a concept artist in entertainment industry for over 10 years, primarily working with video games and since he started freelancing in 2015 he has been working with a wide range of clients. Most recently, he had the privilege of working at SPA Animation Studios in Madrid, Spain as Lead Lighting Artist on the animated movie Klaus for Netflix. As a mostly self-taught artist Stefan continually allocates a big part of his time improving his painting, drawing and design skills. Besides working as a production artist, Stefan spends his time painting traditionally with oils. More specifically, he takes a big interest in plein air painting. Stefan lives in Stockholm, Sweden and is currently freelancing for a variety of different clients whilst trying to balance freelancing, personal projects and his family life with his wife, 2 kids and 2 dogs.
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.
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Winter TERM Registration
Oct 26, 2020 - Feb 1, 2021
Very good instructor. He provided clear and useful feedback each week and the Q&As were very informative.
I learned so much and finally learned how to put the character into characters! Thank you, thank you, thank you for everything!
It was helpful to have character design tool sets broken down. The methods Brett introduced us to helped me create characters I probably would not have previously envisioned out of my head, just by creating some space to play with different proportions, and providing some new ways of thinking and/or approaching a design.
It improves the way I see things around me and the way I draw in general! I 'm so glade I took this course!
I took this class more for fun and to push me a bit out of my comfort zone. I think just having assignments to work on was super helpful to force me to draw. I sometimes suffer from not knowing what to draw, and end up not drawing, or drawing similar things over and over again.
Frank J Montes
This course has really forced me out of my comfort zone and helped me expand the areas my mind usually goes to when I sit down and draw a character.
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What makes this learning experience unique?
Receive personal individual feedback on all submitted assignments from the industries best artist.
1+ Year Access
Enjoy over 365 days of full course access. This includes all lectures, feedback, and Live Q&A recordings.
Certificate of Completion
Earn a Certificate of Completion when you complete and turn in 80% of course assignments.
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