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Character Design For Production

An 8-week course diving into the tasks involved with character design in a production pipeline

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Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
8 weeks
Materials:
Photoshop (or equivalent), 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:
Character Design for Animation
Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
8 weeks
Materials:
Photoshop (or equivalent), 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:
Character Design for Animation
Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
8 weeks
Materials:
Photoshop (or equivalent), 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:
Character Design for Animation
COURSE OVERVIEW
COURSE OVERVIEW
Instructor Feedback
WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
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The more you know, the better.

Week 1 | Designing a Character with Story

Learn what it takes to develop a story for your character. We will break down the importance of why you should even be creating your character in the first place. Profession can influence your character’s design, as well as their props.

Week 2 | Character Pose Sheets

We will be exploring how to create a character pose sheet. Body language plays a key role when developing a character. Simple posing will make all the difference in persuading your audience that your character is actually alive.

Week 3 | Character Expression Sheets

After posing comes expressions. Once again, personality is what makes a character believable. We will design how our character deals with emotions in these sheets, and use our previous posing as influence for taking our characters further.

Week 4 | Model Packeting our Character Design

This week you will learn how to turn around a character to properly prepare it for modeling or animating. You will learn how to packet your character, along with character expressions and poses, and present them in a clean and professional fashion.

Week 5 | Character Design "Hero Pose"

The pose of all poses: the hero pose. How would you pose your character if you were competing for $1 million? You will learn what it takes to show the ultimate image of your character, and how to completely represent them in one artwork.

Week 6 | The Great Tie-Down!

Cleaning up your poses, expressions, & character turn around in a professional & finished way. Try to think of this assignment as the one you’ve been waiting for all term. We’ve avoided making final choices and cleaning up our designs so we could focus on functionality in our work. Now it’s time to make everything have a nice sense of continuity across all your work from this term so far.

Week 7 | Putting it Together on Screen

We will explore additional characters, that will support the main character we have been focusing on all term. This will help you learn how to design for a whole story, rather than individual characters that are not related. Then we will put them on screen! We will focus on creating a cinematic moment for our characters this week. Story, acting, posing, and even environment will all come into play in this one cinematic shot.

Week 8 | Final Style & Portfolio Assembly

In this week, you will be treated as professionals. You will be handed a professional freelance assignment, along with prepare your work from the previous weeks to look great in a portfolio.

Character Design For Production
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
Instructor

Igniting your imagination

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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Quality Over Quantity: Iterating to Find Your Character
Quality Over Quantity: Iterating to Find Your Character
Trust the Process and Magic Will Happen
Trust the Process and Magic Will Happen
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Feb 8, 2021 - Apr 26, 2021
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COURSE BEGINS
April 18th

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Melis Malatani

Great instructor. Sometimes an online course can be very detached from the real experience of a classroom, however Nate really engaged us as students through his lectures and fast and useful critiques, which made the whole experience more effective and real.

Amber K

Nate is one of the best instructors I have ever had—he communicates concepts in a very clear way that is easy to understand and put into practice. His feedback is always very specific and he communicates both what IS working and what is NOT working, and as a result gives students a clear path forward in their work.

Kate Dmitrieva

Nate is a great instructor with very professional approach. Many thanks for his thorough feedback and always being there to help.

Amber Kenneson

Nate is one of the best instructors I’ve ever had! The way he explains and demonstrates things is so clear—he makes it easy for students to implement what he is teaching into their own work. I know my own work improved by leaps and bounds over the course of just 8 weeks, and I saw improvement in the work of my fellow students as well! Basically, I loved everything about Nate’s course.

Alexander Untoria

Allowed me to reevaluate my design process and help me make better final choices when designing a character. Allowed me to focus on shape language and functionality as well as storytelling

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Receive personal individual feedback on all submitted assignments from the industry’s best artist.

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Enjoy over 365 days of full course access. This includes all lectures, feedback, and Live Q&A recordings.

Certificate of Completion

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

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Character Design For Production
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Feb 8, 2021 - Apr 26, 2021
ONLY
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COURSE BEGINS
April 18th
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