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Character Design for Film and Games

Character Design for Film and Games

An 8-week course structured like a studio and freelance workflow focusing on character design
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Develop what makes a quality character

Develop what makes a quality character
This advanced course will explore the key aspects of creating character concept art within the games and film industries. Beginning with principles of design and the iteration process of generating ideas, the course focuses on exploring the essence of a character by developing that character’s attitude and digging deep into what makes the character feel real and grounded. The course will explore a range of techniques and methods so students can experiment with different software and adapt it into their individual workflows.

By the end of the course, students will understand the standard pipeline used in the entertainment industry for creating character concept art, and learn how to execute a powerful character from start to finish–with focus on details, lighting, communication, and clarity. At the end of the course, students will be able to show completed work for the full design process, resulting in a final character concept for their portfolios.

NOTE: Students should already have a strong foundation in anatomy, drawing, and digital painting. (Course outline for each instructor may be different; for specific outline information, please select the instructor and click on “Request Syllabus” below. )
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Registration Period
Jul 19, 2023 - Oct 09, 2023
Course Start
Oct 05, 2023

Course Format


Skills Level

Intermediate to Advanced


8 weeks


Once a week


Individual recordings

Lecture Type

Deadlines each week
Analytical Figure Drawing, Head Drawing & Construction, Costume Design and Creature Design for Film & Games classes or a strong understanding of human anatomy and gesture and digital painting
Photoshop (or equivalent), Wacom Tablet (or equivalent). Optional: Pure Ref, Blender, Keyshot

The more you know, the better.

Class introduction | Students will be given a story prompt and develop a character bio | Discuss the differences between creating characters for games and film | Best practices for gathering reference | Create a reference/mood board
Explore rough ideas based on character bio from week 1 | Focus on exploring form, value and pose to sell the idea | Using character archetypes to tell a story | Importance of creating distinct ideas vs noise
Narrowing focus and choosing 2-3 ideas to refine | Importance of moving forward | Identifying technical challenges
Choosing a single direction to refine | Explore different rendering techniques based on project
Further refinement of design | Using photos, 3D assets, and 2D textures to support the concept
Parts of a concept often require more detailed information to hand off to a modeler or animator | The instructor will identify these items and students will provide support drawings or studies | Some examples of these can include detail drawings of weapons or gadgets, construction of gear, or range of motion studies.
Branding is a huge part of creating an identity for your character | This can include decals, insignia, tattoos, color palettes and even materials | Students will provide detail drawings or callouts to support these items based on instructor feedback.
Students will put together there final presentation package for the client in form of callouts, notes and reference materials.

Real heroes don't wear capes they teach

Freelance Character Concept Artist
LECTURES BY Julio Bencid
Course Start: Oct 05, 2023
Currently a freelance character concept artist with Keos Masons. I started my journey into the industry with Mentorships from Anthony Jones, which led to a-foot-in-the-door job working with mobile companies doing illustrations. Eventually working with a variety of clients from Blizzard to Krafton. I specialize in character and creature designs, but have also worked with props and UI. I am continuously on a journey to create interesting and memorable characters that remain in the memories of my audience.

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Concept Art
Concept Art
Concept Art


Even though our courses are the most affordable for the quality of education, these finance options allow you to focus on your goals instead of the barriers that keep you from reaching them.

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Jul 19, 2023 - Oct 09, 2023
COURSE BEGINS on Oct 05, 2023
Character Design for Film and Games

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.


Mathias has provided excellent constructive feedback with each lesson and I feel like I’ve already improved as an artist because of it.


I learnt a ton about everything! Mathias was really good at explaining design fundamentals, and even though I already have been taught them, I feel like I understand them much better now. His analyses of big, medium, and small, detail placement, and colour theory, were super useful…. The feedback was super good and Mathias was very honest whilst being very constructive and fun with it.


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