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Bring your characters to life
In this course, students will be exploring the various and important aspects that go into designing characters for animation. Students will be exploring how shape language relates to the characters personality. They will dissect how one adapts to designing characters in various artistic styles, and they will ll begin to discuss what it takes to mold themselves to becoming a professional designer.
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Taking your skills to the next level
Lectures by Nate Wragg
Nate Wragg was born in Davis, CA in 1983. He took an interest in drawing and painting at an early age. After graduating high school, he studied animation and design at The California Institute of the Arts in Southern California. Since then, Wragg has gone on to work as an illustrator and designer on various projects-including Ratatouille, Toy Story 3 and Puss in Boots. He was one of the primary character designers on the Pixar Feature Toy Story 3. As well as designing characters, Nate was also the Production Designer of Pixar’s short film Your Friend the Rat and has been involved in designing several main title sequences, most notably the animated end titles for Ratatouille. Most recently he was the Production Designer on Captain Underpants.
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May 14th - July 23rd
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Mary Highstreet / Spring 2017
Fantastic class! Nate is a great teacher and an incredible resource, I'm so thankful for his dedication to teaching!!
Devere Wint / Fall 2017
The course content is broken down structurally so that it allowed for nice linear progression and growth. I am leaving with a better understanding of character design.
John Steventon / Fall 2017
Nate Wragg continued to impress me with his knowledge of the material, and the skills he displayed in demos and in the Q&S! He really knows his stuff, and the fact that he is willing to share that knowledge with us is really great. He is also open and honest about the industry, and what we will face when we get there. Honestly, I feel honored to have studied with him, and hope to work with him in the future.
Melis Malatani / Fall 2017
Really enjoy Nate Wragg's approach to teaching online, it felt authentic, and really helpful. This was my second course with him instructing, both times were equally great.
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