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Design your character's personality
This is a beginning character design course with an emphasis on creating memorable characters with interesting personalities & shapes to tell a story. The goal is to visually communicate our characters from life observations, reference, and our imagination. As we continue the course, the students will get used to the idea of iteration and refinement in designs, better serving the story and direction. Exploration, getting out of your comfort zone, and visually communicating through drawing will be a major component to our class.
Environment design WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
The more you know, the better.
Bringing out the best in talent
Lectures by Brett Bean
After asking to be a drummer to his mother at an early age, Brett Bean was handed a piece of paper and a pencil because, It was more quiet, thus starting his slow descent into the seedy underbelly known as character design and visual development. Since those fateful years he's contributed to Film, TV, games both digital and analog, pitches, manuals, and books. With a passion for travel, caffeine, volleyball, Tom Waits, and speaking in the a 3rd person vernacular, Brett currently free-lances, teaches, and lives with his wife Julie, a brilliant jewelry designer, in Pasadena, CA. His Client list Includes: Disney TV, Nickelodeon, Nerd Corps., Wizards of the Coast, Speakeasy, Space time Studios, Leap Frog, Rumble Inc., Gazillion Entertainment., Wowwee, Imagine FX and More.
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winter TERM Registration
Nov 5, 2019 - Feb 1, 2019
Chris Lindstrom/ Fall 2017
Very good instructor, provided clear and useful feedback each week and the QAs were very informative.
Jenny Tan / Fall 2017
Brett you're awesome! I'd definitely want to join another class in the future.
Giuseppe Bonanno / Summer 2017
Brett is an amazing artist and teacher, and definitely deserves his own course on CGMA.
Christine A / Summer 2018
Brett is a wonderful instructor, I learned a lot from his helpful feedback in a short amount of time. Funny guy, and clearly very knowledgeable about pushing poses and creating very appealing characters!
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