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Adapt and design unique characters for productions
One of the biggest challenges in working as a professional character designer--whether in a studio or freelance--is being able to adapt and design for all of these unique looks and productions. Character designers work on a wide variety of projects throughout their careers, and each project has its own unique look. Every movie, TV show, short, & series is designed with a different look and style. This course focuses on cultivating the adaptability 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 students to focus on their creative and stylistic adaptability. 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; and the work from this class will add variety and demonstrate versatility in any character designer's portfolio. (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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winter TERM Registration
Oct 21, 2019 - Feb 3, 2020
I liked how clear and constructive the feedback was.
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.
Great personality, very good at explaining things and helping us if we need it, and gives fun assignments.
Nate is one of the best teachers I've had. I really learned a lot and grew as an artist!
He is a perfect mentor and I really enjoyed the learning path with Nate Wragg. I learned so much and he is really motivating in keeping up
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