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16926 Saticoy Street
Van Nuys, CA 91406
(818) 708-9232
(818) 474-8679 – Fax

Introduction to Character Design is for those who are new or at an intermediate level in terms of character design knowledge.  Produce three characters (and their three variants) that fit together in the same world, based on classic archetypes.  Allowing for a significant amount of freedom, the instructor will act as an Art Director to help make your work coherent and imaginative.  This class is structured to help you produce three or more portfolio worthy images showing competent character design.

BIO: Eric Ryan is a concept artist with over 11 years’ experience in the film, television and video game industry. He has worked for renowned studios such as Sony Pictures Animation, Cinovation Studios and Sony Santa Monica, SCEA. His work can be seen in Men in Black 3, God of War: Ascension and many other film, television and game assets.


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  1. Profile photo of Jacob Sturk


    Eric has been AMAZING over the entire 8 week course. He taught us how to think about character design and break down the whole process into very manageable steps. I felt like everybody in the class was able to get the attention the needed and Eric worked with each of us to help improve our own personal weaknesses. I HIGHLY recommend his course to anyone looking to improve their character design skills.

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    great learning experience

    I am very happy I have taken Eric’s class. He explained things very clearly. More important , he gave the right direction of character design, from the very beginning of thumnails to the final render and his critic is very useful to improve your design. I recommend his course to anyone who want to go further in character design. You can learn A LOT of the RIGHT things of character design.

  3. Profile photo of Alice Thornburgh

    Very Knowledgable

    Eric Ryan’s class was interesting and engaging. He is very knowledgeable about the industry and had advice for the students on lots of different aspects of character art. The project we were assigned was a great challenge, and one that we were able to build our skills on. We started with the basics of character design and moved into nuanced specifics, with Eric’s critique and advice along the way in the live class. He has a unique perspective on entertainment art and was more than willing to share relevant information and anecdotes with us. I enjoyed the class and hope to take more classes with Eric.

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