H.R. Giger, Phil Tippett, Ray Harryhausen, Stan Winston, Patrick Tatopoulos–all are rightly regarded as legends in the entertainment industry. Their visions have helped define popular culture, inspiring thousands of creative minds, and entertaining millions worldwide. It’s clearly no overstatement to say that character design and creature design are some of the most exciting, creative, and celebrated artistic disciplines. Gaining entry into this field isn’t always easy: this is where our Character Design classes come in. Designed for those already versed in the fundamentals of drawing and design, this track carefully builds on those core skills to give students head-to-toe training in the art of human and creature character design for the video game and other entertainment industries. Students will be ideally placed to make the leap to a character design/concept art position at a film, animation, games, or print-based studio. It’s recommended to have some foundation skills in drawing character/animal anatomy before starting these courses.
As you complete each course you will receive a certificate of completion for that course. In order to qualify for a course certificate of completion, students must complete at least 80% of the class assignment during the duration of the course.
Should you have any questions regarding these courses please contact [email protected] Additionally, you only pay for the course(s) you take in a given term.
As you complete each course you will receive a certificate of completion for that course. In order to qualify for an in course certificate of completion, students must complete at least 80% of the class assignment during the duration of the course.
The course helped me to improve my artistic skills because I received that one to one constructive criticism. I feel that Shaun saw things which I was unable to see myself in my art
Shaun was brilliant! Always opened up my feedback feeling like I was about be uplifted, but you also knew all the critique to push you further would be in there. I like when someone can point out everything that needs changing in such a positive way.
Very personal and always had a great mood and good constructive critiques which is hard to come by. This helps students learn very well when listened.
Mr. Nacorda was so understanding when I explained that I have autism and need things explained directly. He adjusted his feedback for the videos and helped me to understand more.
He is a very personable guy—his spirit makes learning this content fun. He is good at not only finding the students faults, but also remembering to point out the things the student has done well.
Christian Nacorda is the best instructor I’ve ever met. He teaches his students with passion and he truly transfers this passion to students through his lectures. He is such a good supporter of amateurs. I was always afraid of drawing Anatomy but Christian made it so easy to learn. I am very pleased to had this opportunity to be his student.
He has a great personality that shines through in the lectures. His lectures are always funny, interesting, and informative. I enjoyed watching all of the videos and participating in the live Q&As.
Really good at explaining difficult concepts and was really nice to everyone.
Nate Wragg is easily one of the best instructors I’ve ever had. He seems like a truly caring human being and a top level instructor. I would give him a 20 on a scale of 1-10.
Nate Wragg continues to impress me with his knowledge of the material, and the skills he displayed in demos and in the Q&As! 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.
I genuinely feel like my skills are becoming competitive for the animation design job market thanks to Nate!
Great instructor. An online course can sometimes be very detached from the real experience of a classroom, however Nate really engaged us as students through his lectures and fast & useful critiques, which made the whole experience more effective and real.
Nate is a great instructor with very professional approach. Many thanks for his thorough feedbacks and always being there to help.
Fantastic class! Nate is a great teacher and an incredible resource, I’m so thankful for his dedication to teaching!!
He is a perfect mentor and I really enjoyed the learning path with Nate Wragg. I learned so much and he is really motivating.
Ron Lemen is an excellent teacher—very communicative and invested in his students’ improvement. Ron’s Q&A sessions were always informative and enjoyable. He encouraged discussions and answered students’ questions in-depth.
Ron definitely showed that he cares about student progress and gave some amazing advice about anatomy drawing, and also about growth as an artist in general.
I truly was impressed by his skill. He dragged us from simplicity to complexity using a very simple method. I really liked the class. BRAVO!
I have been trying to learn anatomy by myself for some time now, and I feel that this course has helped me to finally grasp a lot about anatomy! Everything finally made sense!
Really impressed with Ron and happy I took the class with him. I am definitely a better artist now than I was six weeks ago, and as someone who already has a BFA (and has taken many many figure drawing classes in the past), I was really happy that Ron was teaching such a technical way of approaching the subject matter. In our first lesson he mentioned gesture drawing and how frustrating he found it to be as it did not yield a usable mannequin, and as someone who learned the “old way”, I can definitely agree. Really, really useful class, taught by a great artist!
A great teacher, Ron was able to be stern in his critiques while never seeming hostile or combative. I always felt that my improvement was his first priority.
Ron is a tremendous source of information. He really knows his stuff, and he gives good critiques. Also special commendation for getting all the feedback videos in before the Q&As.
Ron was great! His examples are easy to understand and he’s probably the best art instructor I have ever had!
Ron’s knowledge on anatomy is exponential, and I felt like I could ask him anything regarding how to draw the figure.
Phil was an absolutely phenomenal teacher. He was very engaging in our Q&A sessions, and really went the extra mile to help us. I got a lot of valuable feedback from him, and would love to learn more from him in the future.
Absolutely fantastic. Phil always spent enough time talking to everyone about their work and teaching a few new techniques. Also always very positive and encouraging.
Phil really went above and beyond to give everyone an equal footing while helping us all along no matter the skill level.
Phil was awesome!! He was so positive and encouraging. He spoke to us like we are his peers and got excited about everyone’s work.
Very positive and can see the potential of a concept in an initial drawing.
She’s not afraid to repeat the same feedback where necessary, I appreciate her patience.
Mélanie was amazing! this was my first CGMA class and it has definitely got my so pumped up to take more classes.
Melanie is amazing and I learned so much from her. I am so grateful for all the time she spent coaching me and helping me improve. Wonderful teacher!
I think Melanie is one of the best teachers I’ve ever had. I appreciate both her thoroughness and attention to detail!
Melanie was a great instructor and cared very much for helping students learn.
She was very kind and pushed the idea of imperfection is perfection, and I loved it. It was exactly what I needed to step forward and become a better artist. Somebody that everybody should learn from.
Amazingly talented artist, and very kind and thoughtful teacher.
Melanie is a very nice and helpful person—she actively participated on the forum, answered every question, and her feedbacks were great. She really cared about her students and helped us to improve.
Mélanie is by far the best instructor I’ve had at CGMA so far. She is an amazing artist and shares her knowledge! And she also gives helpful feedback, like really telling you what does not work in your drawing and why.
My favorite CGMA teacher so far, and I’ve taken like half a dozen classes! I really appreciate how she was around on the site too to answer questions about WIPs.
Bobby was very thorough and constructive with his feedback. He was also very encouraging.
Bobby was a terrific professor, I will definitely take his class again!
Mathias has provided excellent constructive feedback with each lesson and I feel like I’ve already improved as an artist because of it…Would love to take more classes by him in the future.
I learnt a ton about everything! Mathias was really good at explaining design fundamentals, and even though I already have been taught them, I feel like I understand them much better now. His analyses of big, medium, and small, detail placement, and colour theory, were super useful…. The feedback was super good and Mathias was very honest whilst being very constructive and fun with it.
Miguel is amazing, both as an artist and a compassionate instructor. Thank you so much for your insight and support!
Very helpful, and could motivate students whilst giving very much needed feedback to keep the learning a fun experience!
Miguel did an absolutely fantastic job. Very intelligent and well spoken. A lot of artists have incredible skills but aren’t able to articulate themselves in a way that makes them good teachers- but Miguel was great at both.
This course is highly conceptual and very well structured. It’s not an easy material but it is explained very clearly. Also, I loved the artistic freedom we had in our assignments, it’s super inspiring!
Miguel is an amazing teacher, with a lot of knowledge, very professional and helpful.
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
Sam was a great instructor, he was very clear with his feedback and I learned a lot from his draw overs of my work
Extremely professional and transparent. Really good craftsman able to demonstrate quickly in practice all the points he made during lectures. Also he created a relaxed atmosphere for the students where everybody felt they can ask anything from painting to industry tips.
Forrest is an awesome artist and a great teacher. He also really cares alot about his students, giving them feedback inside and outside of class. He has great insight and knowledge and is able to relate with students that helps the students grow and move forward He has helped me a lot with more of the mindset stuff as well getting better at technical drawing skills
Forrest made sure to touch on all the points to make a successful illustration, i have learned so much from him, so much that it would have probably taken me years to learn on my own, and I am very thankful for that, he has helped change my way of think when doing art and my approach overall, this mentorship has given me alot of hope for my future career in the art industry and i will always be thankful and grateful for this opportunity and knowledge that forrest has shared with us.
Focusing on studying and developing a solid base can speed up my process. The course helped me a lot on finding some solutions to any problem in the different stage of the illustration. Forrest explained really well how to prep your image in color, to render more easily.
The addition of storytelling, value and perspective gave me a path to really get better years and after years.
Just a great guy, he really pushed me forward.
I cannot say enough about Patrick’s ability to communicate his process. Patrick was extremely helpful to everyone during the Q&A and took his time with every single critique. I consider Patrick one if not the best teacher I had the pleasure of studying under. He is a true master of anatomy and I cannot recommend his class enough. I hope to one day have the opportunity to study under him again.
One of the best instructors I have ever had. My artwork improved considerably during this course, as did my understanding of the figure. The instructor is extremely sincere, and encouraging while having high expectations for excellence. I wish that he were teaching more courses. I would take them all.
Great job, especially considering it was the first class Patrick taught on the CGMA platform.
All of the instructors should be like him!
Patrick has opened the world of traditional art to me. And I am forever great full. His passion for his work resonates clearly in his lectures and QA sessions. He really makes it feel like a world I want to be part of. I will continue to work in charcoal and sanguine long after this class. Thank you Patrick.
I learned so much in this class. Patrick is a fantastic teacher, artist, and person. He truly cares about art and the well-being of his students, like a drawing art-dad!
Great instructor! Felt I learnt a lot within a month. I could see the improvement in my work and the methods that I use.
Carlos is a wonderful mentor! Not only because of his experience and skill level, but also because he’s very personable and approachable.
Carlos helped everyone step out their comfort zone and approach new concepts which will have a long lasting effect! A brilliant mentor.
I like how no matter the level of experience each student has the instructor always gave constructive criticism. They never tore anyone down.
What I liked about Peter is that he always gives constructive feedback, pointing out mistakes in a way that encourages further improvement. He inspired me to continue working on my drawing skills.
Peter Han is an excellent teacher with a genuine interest in student development.
Great teacher, instructor. Not only that, also a good mentor. Very approachable. Very easy to digest every time he gives information. Very welcoming and encouraging a very high spirit of learning. Very passionate in what he’s doing, therefore spreading the passion also to students.
The way that Peter adapts to the needs of each student and manages the time spent on various subjects according to needs and not just a fixed plan is just incredible. He also shares so much about his own methodology and experiences that we gain so much invaluable insight. Not only have I ‘learnt’ new things, but have ‘unlearnt’ my bad habits that were holding me back.
Outstanding. I was always aware of the principles and ideas I was supposed to exercise while working on the assignments, the explanations were clear and concise, and there was an incredible amount of fast, effective communication. There were no gray areas or vague, open-ended goals or standards. These are rare qualities in my art education experience to date.
Sergio did a great job in covering a lot of bases with the software, and sharing tips specific to our needs as 2D artists, and his availabilty to answer questions was excellent.
One of the best! Was very patient and helpful. Went above and beyond when we needed answers for specific problems.
Sergio spent a lot of time with us and did a great job, thankful to study with him.
Sergio is great! He is generous with his time and knowledge. He is always positive and happy to help.
One of the best! Was very patient and helpful. Went above and beyond when we needed answers for specific problems.
It was a well designed course that helped me save time and computer resources. I had a lot of different isolated CG creation skills and this class helped me develop a system to get my work completed on a deadline. Sergio is a great teacher
[Maarten is] honest, encouraging, and just as excited about the subject as we are. The class often feels empowering as a result.
Maarten is absolutely awesome as a teacher…. Always so accurate with his feedbacks and humorous in his class.
Axel was great! His feedback was thorough, thoughtful, and encouraging. He was very knowledgeable and his passion for illustration was contagious. I would take another course with him in a heartbeat!
In the feedback he always would paint over and explain the strengths in my work, and were I need to work more. At the QA he use to bring more examples for better understand the subject of the week.
He has such an unfathomable enthusiasm for anatomy and for passing on his knowledge.
Very well versed in human anatomy, and the art of teaching and conveying clearly multiple ideas and / or concepts to other people. Also, very interested in making sure their students understand clearly the knowledge they make so much effort to offer.
The best teacher I have ever had. The effort he puts is inspiring. I feel like he really has made a massive difference to my learning. I understand so much more. so good!
Mr Rey is a great instructor — thoughtful, passionate about his craft, caring about his students and extremely knowledgeable.
Mr. Rey was great!
Mauricio was awesome! He really engaged with us and answered every question that was asked – pretty amazing!
Really good mentorship and instruction from Mauricio.
The instructor is clearly passionate about his profession and he demonstrated his enthusiasm throughout the assignments. He always managed to bring the best points in any of the students’ work. Improving them but preserving the student’s initial idea.
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