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Character Design For Animation

An 8-week course designing characters with an industry-experienced character designer; develop a strong understanding of the elements that make strong, compelling characters

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Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
8 weeks
Materials:
Photoshop (any), wacom tablet or equivalent
Lecture Type:
Pre-recorded
Assignment:
Due each week. Expect to spend 8-10 hrs/wk viewing lectures, q&a, and time on assignments.
Skills Level:
Intermediate
Feedback:
Individual recordings
Q&A:
Once a week
Prerequisites:
Foundation & Design Program or good understanding of analytical figure drawing
Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
8 weeks
Materials:
Photoshop (any), wacom tablet or equivalent
Lecture Type:
Pre-recorded
Assignment:
Due each week. Expect to spend 8-10 hrs/wk viewing lectures, q&a, and time on assignments.
Skills Level:
Intermediate
Feedback:
Individual recordings
Q&A:
Once a week
Prerequisites:
Foundation & Design Program or good understanding of analytical figure drawing
Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
8 weeks
Materials:
Photoshop (any), wacom tablet or equivalent
Lecture Type:
Pre-recorded
Assignment:
Due each week. Expect to spend 8-10 hrs/wk viewing lectures, q&a, and time on assignments.
Skills Level:
Intermediate
Feedback:
Individual recordings
Q&A:
Once a week
Prerequisites:
Foundation & Design Program or good understanding of analytical figure drawing
COURSE OVERVIEW
COURSE OVERVIEW
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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
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The more you know, the better.

Week 1 | Shape Language

The relationship between shape and character design | Focus on building our designs from simple shapes | How shape affects our designs

Week 2 | Design Silhouettes

The importance of character silhouettes: how clear silhouettes in design and character posing can help shape our character designs and make them stronger and more functional

Week 3 | Character Line Ups

How shape and silhouettes are important to creating a unique and strong character line up

Week 4 | Character Faces

How to bring an individual identity to a character’s face

Week 5 | Character Story Moment

Designing contrasting characters and placing them in a story telling moment

Week 6 | Matching a Style

As a designer, every film you will work on will have a style linked to the way it’s designed. It’s our job as designers to be adaptable and flexible enough to design in whatever style we are asked to design.

Week 7 | Animal Design

Designing an animal using simple shapes, much the way we started with characters in the first week

Week 8 | Character Turn Around

Transitioning into what we will be covering in the next course (Character Design for Production): what a character turn around is, why it is important in character design, and how it is applied in designing for a production

Character Design for Animation
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
Instructor

Taking your skills to the next level

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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STUDENT INTERVIEWS
Letting the Character Shine Through
Letting the Character Shine Through
Using Contrast and Pose to Tell a Story
Using Contrast and Pose to Tell a Story
Back on Track: Mindful Habits of Character Design
Back on Track: Mindful Habits of Character Design
Starting With a Strong Shape
Starting With a Strong Shape
Starting With the Shape
Starting With the Shape
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Mary Highstreet

Fantastic class! Nate is a great teacher and an incredible resource, I’m so thankful for his dedication to teaching!!

Devere Wint

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

Nate Wragg continued 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.

Melis Malatani

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.

James Couture

This course really brought me back to the basics of good character design. It has helped me break bad habits when it comes to drawing and designing characters and has replaced those habits with the fundamentals of good visual design. I’ve learned a lot about the industry as well, and have a clearer vision of what it may be like to work at an animation studio one day.

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

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Character Design for Animation
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