Character creation artists are the engines that drive the world of 3D games animation. In essence they are responsible for translating pre-production and concept art into a solid, workable 3D form for the animation team–but that barely scratches the surface of what’s involved. What is remarkable about this job is the way it combines technical precision with artistic expression, providing a unique opportunity to build the characters and creatures that ultimately define a project. Little wonder the role of character artist is often regarded as the most coveted in entertainment design.
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.
These intensive courses are designed to take students through the entire process of character creation, developing the skills required to become a character artist capable of producing work to industry standards. Along the way students will become fluent in human anatomy, familiarize themselves with professional character pipelines, and master the tools and techniques used by seasoned professionals when sculpting, modeling, and finessing the surface detail on their creations. While some of the classes emphasize character arts from a 3D games development perspective, the Character Arts track is equally valid for those eyeing a career in animation and VFX for film or television, where the scale and nature of the work typically requires larger teams of artists working in more specialized roles. For such students it provides a unique opportunity to gain a solid understanding of the entire pipeline while refining skills for their chosen specialist role, such as hard surface modeler, prop artist, texture artist, rigging artist, or creature designer.
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.
Awesome teacher! I would take other classes taught by David without giving it second thought. Very knowledgeable and friendly, assignments are paced very well, lots of great info that is useful with real applications.
David Mooy speaks in a relaxed manner and doesn’t sound rushed, which is a big plus for students who are not native English speakers.
It is like learning from a real seasoned veteran of the industry. Mooy seemed passionately interested about what he does — and clearly knows his stuff — and you can obviously see that in the Q&As, where he answered a question it would generate more discussion and it was all so interesting to listen to and you learned so much.
David presented the material in a very easy to understand way and the course itself was definitely a good kickstart into learning the basics of Maya.
Mr David Mooy has the ideal teaching style for helping learners at the early stage of their journey, not only to develop skills quickly, but also to be enthused and excited about the learning journey ahead. He’s patient, positive, personable and knows his subjects inside out.
I just want to say how great David was as an instructor, his videos were full of info and yet he still managed to make them upbeat and interesting. His feedback was always encouraging and made me want to get better for the next week’s assignment.
I really like Clinton’s style of teaching. He explains any topic in a way that’s very accessible and detailed. I would love to have gone through another course with such a great teacher.
Clinton was a great instructor providing excellent feedback great tips and techniques. He also provided extra material relating to each week’s theme or area. This adds more value to course, providing tutorials and documents to continue study.
Clinton is amazing; I would absolutely take another class with him in a second. Very personable and active in the forums, great with specific feedback examples, and he clearly knows his technical stuff.
He was great. Love that he found documentations on each subject that we were learning to help us further our education.
He was really clear during the lectures and has incredible patience. Never received late a feedback or email. Definitely an incredible teacher and artist!
Clinton is a very good teacher. He explains things well and is easy to understand. He went above and beyond the class material and explained other things too, and answered our questions about the industry.
This course was an amazing experience. Clinton is simply outstanding both in his knowledge and the way he teaches.
Clinton explained all fundamental very clearly and will provide a lot of article links you may need, also the reviews were always on point! Best teacher ever!
Clinton always made sure you understood what he was teaching and would go over anything and everything with you until it clicked without hesitation.
The instructor was fantastic. My feedback were always clear and helpful with additional tips. I could definitely consider another course that Hunton is lecturing.
Hunton was super helpful each week with his feedback. I felt that, with his help, I could push myself to improve my model each iteration.
She was very interested in the questions we had, encouraging and gave really good and constrictive feedback. She was exactly the instructor that I needed to keep me motivated and comfortable to be involved in class discussions.
Loved Vidya’s substance lecture. She made it so easy to get started. Also appreciated the MASH and topology lectures as well.
Because of Vidya’s feedback, I knew where I had to focus. I learned some new techniques in modeling and unwrapping, which also will helped me beyond this course.
Vidya was awesome at teaching us about every aspect. She always made an effort to be motivating and helping us.
Michael is a very efficient and energetic instructor, which I love because the course material can become so much more dense. I feel like I got to learn a lot in a very short amount of time because of that.
He is extremely knowledgeable and very generous in how he shares what he knows with the class.
One of the greatest teachers I’ve ever had. Always had more to teach and show while doing so in a way that was quick to grasp. I did not expect my comfort in Zbrush to scale so fast in several weeks.
He did a great job of showing us all the possibilities that exist from different workflows to different artists and really set us on a path for success following the courses conclusion.
Michael’s encouraging approach made learning on this course a great joy as well as a great challenge. You can really feel welcomed into the world of 3D if you’re a newcomer.
Michael has been an amazing tutor. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this course to anyone and I’d also be very keen to enroll in a course with Michael again.
Tan is very smart, knowledgable, and always supportive. He gives wise suggestions to our career, always listen and responds to any of our questions or concerns right away. He is so hardworking and he is an excellent teacher.
Dmitrij’s dedication is amazing. He really cares about the students and provides thorough feedbacks and explanations.
Dmitrij Leppee offers a state-of-the-art course and it was beyond my expectations. He’s also a brilliant artist and teacher, really generous indeed. The feedbacks were extremely helpful with a lot of detailed explanations. Although I was not able to follow all the lessons so far because of my work, I intend to continue studying with the videos and materials Dmitrij’s prepared to us. I can say that I’ve learnt a lot by now and I’m sure I’ll find much more precious knowledge through this learning path. Congrats Dmitrij and CGMA on this outstanding course!
I like how Dmitrij also allowed for casual conversations during Q&A if no immediate questions were at hand. Makes it felt welcoming and not as rigid. He talked about his own personal interests as well and fields he is trying to improve on himself. Mark of a great artist!
Chris has a kind, supportive way about him while clearly getting across his constructive and thought-provoking criticism that support better learning, observation and growth.
Naky is a very passionate teacher whos helped me really understand the process and build confidence for my future of hair card placement
Hair creation has been a breeze with Naky’s teachings, it makes sense, it’s easier to approach and I’m more eager to find new methods on a task that I used to avoid before this course.
He simplify a very hard and complicated subject (Hair for games) and makes it easy to understand and to apply, Amazing job by the instructor!
Very skilled at what he does which not only shows in the end result but also in how he approaches things. Very professional
Pete Zoppi has a wealth of wide ranging experience and is an extremely good tutor able to break down complex subjects into an easily digestible form.
Pete is the best teacher I’ve ever had. I learned a lot in the Q&A sessions and his weekly feedback was very useful. There were things I’ve never done before this class, moments of frustration that I was able to solve thanks to his advice.
Pete is a very kind, intelligent teacher with immeasurable artistic talent and ability. He always responded to my emails with kind, helpful answers and feedback.
Pete is an amazing artist with a lot of knowledge, he has the ability to share it in a very clear way.
Great class and teacher. I like how the class hits realism and stylized aesthetics and touches on other topics like expressions with blendshapes. The workflow and analysis of the human head was eye-opening and really helped me improve my work where I was previously hitting a wall. This class was a great experience.
Just a great instructor. Learned a ton, again.
Pete is an awesome instructor and really pushes you to improve your skill set. Answered questions immediately in the Q&A sessions and really cares about individual progress!
Pete is a fantastic instructor and is always on top of his students questions and request. Would definitely recommend this course to anyone that has a good experience with 3D Characters and wants to take their skills to an expert level.
It’s been the best character class I’ve taken and I’ve taken many. Knows the material very well and sets the bar high which helps with my improvement.
He gives not only course related knowledge during the Q&A session but also industry information and advice, which is so useful to students. He always goes further with his feedback, tries his best to cover any possibility and concern the students may encounter.
Honestly, Hannah is the best instructor I’ve had since graduating university.
Hannah Kang is an exceptionally talented artist that brings a real world perspective on how to execute at the highest levels of the entertainment industry. Hannah gives excellent instruction, insight and direction on what principles to focus on when articulating aesthetics and design in 3D space. Being able to learn from Hannah in a live Q&A environment with weekly dialogue has really helped expedite my learning and progress. Hannah’s class is much appreciated and highly recommended.
Hannah was a sensational teacher. I think she was very understanding and always interested in the student’s work and improvement. I admire how much effort she puts in every one of the critics.
Being a self-taught artist is fine for creating troubleshooting skills and discipline, but the experience of a production artist is priceless. Hannah gave us the most; her experience and great feedback based on her knowledge in the field.
In many ways Hannah pushed me, technical and artistic. Since I was sort of new to the tools, her structured way of working and clear step by step work approach was just perfect.
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!
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