Learn from the best!
In this course, students will be mentored by award-winning character designer Carlos Grangel as he shares the methods he has developed over 30 years in the industry. Carlos won an Annie Award for his character designs for Spirit at Dreamworks Animation, and he has worked on several Oscar and Annie Award nominated projects–including Hotel Transylvania, How to Train Your Dragon, Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar, and Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride. In this limited-seat mentorship, students will begin by determining, under Carlos’ direction, what art style and shape language best tell the story. With Carlos’ guidance, students will then explore their characters through rough sketches, expressions, and poses, and then take their designs all the way to a finished presentation and model packet.
This is a rare opportunity for students to work closely with an industry veteran to craft memorable characters while developing a style that suits their storytelling goals. Live group sessions are held twice a week, and all student questions will be addressed during these live sessions.
PLEASE NOTE: An application is required for this course. The first round of Fall Term applicants--those received by September 4--will be notified of application status no later than September 11, 2023. The notification date for the second round of applicants is to be determined.
The more you know, the better.
Prepare to meet your master.
What makes this learning experience unique?
Receive personalized feedback on all assignments from the industry’s top professionals.
Enjoy lifetime access to the spectrum of course content, including lectures, live Q&As, and feedback sessions.
Show off your Certification of Completion when you turn in 80% of course assignments.
Learn anywhere, anytime, and at your own pace with flexible, online course scheduling.
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