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Adapt and design unique characters for productions
As character designers, every project we will work on in our careers will have its own unique look. Every movie, TV show, short, & series is designed with a different look and style. One of the biggest challenges in working as a professional character designer is being able to adapt and design for all of these unique looks and productions. This course will focus on the adaptability you must have to work in a variety of different styles and looks. The assignments and lectures are each designed to focus on different art direction concepts for character designers and will require you to focus on your creative and stylistic adaptability. You can think of this class as 8 weeks of freelance and professional production assignments. This class will focus on what it means to be art directed as a professional character designer. (Only available for the Winter Term)
Art Direction for Character Designers WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
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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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Jul 29, 2019 - Oct 14, 2019
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Nate Wragg is easily one of the best instructors I've ever had. He seems like a truly caring human being and a top level instructor. I would give him a 20 on a scale of 1-10.
Nate Wragg is an incredible instructor and mentor. He has designed his courses to set his students up for success as character designers in the industry. I was hired for a job as a character designer while taking Art Direction for Character Designers, and I credit much of that to Nate's classes and instruction.
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