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Character Design Portfolio Mentorship

An 8-week mentoring course where students will develop a character design portfolio based on skill level and artistic direction/pursuits.

Course overview Course overview

Course Overview

Build a stronger portfolio

This mentorship is designed to be tailored to each student's goals and challenges as character designers--regardless of style or medium (animation, live action film, or games)--and to help each student build a stronger, more professional character design portfolio. With professional experience in both animated and live-action films, Lead Character Designer Sang Jun Lee (Blue Sky Studios) will guide students through a focused path forward so they can work toward their individual goals and tackle their own particular artistic challenges. Through one-on-one mentoring over a series of group sessions and lectures, Jun 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 applicants--those received prior to March 16--will be notified of application status no later than March 23. The notification date for the second round of applicants is to be determined.


Course Format:   Live (sessions are recorded and available afterwards)
Lecture Type:   Live (sessions are recorded and available afterwards)
Feedback:   Individual recordings
Duration:   8 weeks
Assignment:   Ongoing work each week (Expect to spend 8-10 hrs/wk)
Q&A:   Live (sessions are recorded and available afterwards)
Materials:   Photoshop and tablet (or equivalent)
Skills level:   Intermediate- Advanced
Prerequisites:   *NOTE: application required Students should have a good sketching and drawing foundation, and basic knowledge in color techniques. Course prerequisites: Character Design for Animation, Character Design for Production.

Character Design Portfolio Mentorship WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

What you'll learn

The more you know, the better.

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Discussion about the path to becoming a character designer. (ILM, Blue Sky Studios). How to complete your character design portfolio and 10 Tips. The importance of a story.
Defining shape language across the board. Find the style of character with strong silhouette and shape; learn about brainstorming
Exploring techniques that will aid personal artistic development. Bring your sketch to life: Understand the basic principle for character designer.
Keeping your character identifiable through the different arcs of your story.
Exploring techniques that will aid personal artistic development. Bring your sketch to life: exaggerate & high contrast for your character.
Achieving cohesiveness through your artwork, keeping consistency between styles. Talk about a style guide and create characters for your character line up!
Exploring techniques that will aid personal artistic development. Bring your sketch to life: How to using reference researching and light and shadow
How to effectively present characters created in the course as part of one cohesive portfolio. The importance of knowing your audience and how to continue to develop your portfolio after this course.

Prepare to meet your master.

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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Employer Reimbursement

Animation Guild CSATTF

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Companies that hire our students

  • Naughty Dog
  • Luma Pictures
  • Google
  • EA Games
  • DreamWorks Animation
  • Blizzard Entertainment

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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.

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Earn a Certificate of Completion when you complete and turn in 80% of course assignments.

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