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Character Design Portfolio Mentorship

Character Design Portfolio Mentorship

An 8-week mentorship course where students will strengthen their character design portfolios based on career goals and artistic direction/pursuits 
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Build a stronger portfolio

Build a stronger portfolio
PLEASE NOTE: An application is required for acceptance into this course. 

This mentorship will mimic the building blocks used in a feature film production environment to develop professional and appealing character designs using Aesop's Fables

NOTE: Course outline for each instructor may be different; for specific outline information, please select the instructor and click on “Request Syllabus” below.

PLEASE NOTE: An application is required for this course. The first round of applicants will be notified of application status no later than 1 month prior to the start of term. Applications received after that time will be reviewed in the order they are received and notification for those can be expected before the term starts. If you have any questions please reach out to registration@cgmasteracademy.com
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Registration Period
Apr 24, 2024 - Jul 15, 2024
Course Start
Jul 06, 2024

Course Format

Live group sessions (sessions are recorded and available afterwards)

Skills Level

Intermediate- Advanced


8 weeks


Live (sessions are recorded and available afterwards)


Individual recordings

Lecture Type

Live group sessions (sessions are recorded and available afterwards)
Ongoing work each week (Expect to spend 8-10 hrs/wk)
A basic understanding of design principles, a sharp eye towards observation and detail, and a willingness to jump out of your comfort zone
Photoshop and a drawing tablet are preferred but pencil, pen and markers on paper are ok as well.

The more you know, the better.

Gaining observational skills in your reference gathering and taking your main characters for a test drive utilizing principles of design to push for appeal.
Interactive moments between characters allows the audience to find the relatability of the person we are following in the story. When we showcase the harmony and conflict of a relationship we are capturing interest in those characters.
A hero pose serves multiple purposes. Clarity in forms for a modeler, beauty for pitching, and confidence in direction.
Placing your main characters around secondary characters shows a level of confidence in world building that an Art Director or Production Designer will appreciate.
Pushing for a strong line of action in forms and composition is a crucial step in appeal. Finding rhythm in your characters strengthens the principles of design in your work.
We find the humanity of the characters we design by focusing on clear and playful expressions. Finding unique emotions can give variety and interest to your characters.
Creating a style guide for production places each team at ease. Your confident answers in a style guide allow the visual development, modeling and animation departments to have a clear artistic vision. As an artist, you have that opportunity to aid the director, production designer, and art director by proposing a set of artistic rules that the team can live by.
Your technique in how you draw details, add texture and how you lay down lines on a page is a vital step in allowing audiences to find your work appealing and engaging. Challenging the limits of your draftsmenship can open up new ways of how you work. Your creative toolbelt expands as you exercise patience in looking over the details of your designs.

Prepare to meet your master.

To Be Announced
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Course Start: Jul 06, 2024
For specific questions regarding TBA instructors, please contact CGMA Admissions Department at registration@cgmasteracademy.com

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Apr 24, 2024 - Jul 15, 2024
COURSE BEGINS on Jul 06, 2024
Character Design Portfolio Mentorship

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.


He’s been very informative and was accommodating. Easy to follow, solid feedback and lectures made me think outside of the box.


He was always very encouraging but also offered great draw-overs showing potential for growth.


I was very happy how my work came out with the guidance I received!


This course helped me THINK differently as a designer, and I know my work has improved tremendously because of it.


Bill was a really great mentor with a lot of experience at his disposal. Watching him draw was really incredible too. Seeing the way another artist works and how they choose to tackle a design is seriously so helpful.


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