Character Design for Production

Character Design for Production

  • Price: $699 | Pay with installments.
  • Pre-Reqs: Character Design for Animation
  • Materials: Photoshop (any), wacom tablet or equivalent

Course Description:

This class will focus on taking your Character Designs through this pipeline and learning to make your design functional for animation. In this course, you will be acting as a Professional Character Designer. We will cover both common, and important types of assignments that will be expected of you as a working professional. You will walk out of this class with not only the experience of a real professional setting, but with also professional work that you will be proud to showcase in your portfolio.



  • 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 characters 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 Expressions 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 their 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 are 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 1 artwork.
  • Week 6:New Characters, Same Style: 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.
  • Week 7:Putting it Together on Screen: The time has come to 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 1 Cinematic Shot.
  • Week 8:Freelance & 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.

April 30th, 2017 - July 3rd, 2017 + 2 weeks for content review

Nate Wragg has gone on to work as an illustrator and designer on various projects-including Ratatouille, Toy Story 3 and Puss and Boots. He was one of the primary character designers on the Pixar Feature Toy Story 3.

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