Attention character artists! Have you ever wanted your work critiqued by an actual Pixar artist? This could be your chance. Pixar character designer Daniel Arriaga will serve as a guest instructor for Steven Silver‘s online character design course through Schoolism.com. Over the course of nine lectures presented over 14 weeks, Silver offers insight into the industry as well as covering all the basics for great character design. In addition to these lectures, guest artist Daniel Arriaga will provide personal video feedback for the work students produce during the course.
Arriaga started with Pixar as a production assistant on Monsters, Inc. and quickly moved up to become a conceptual artist and character designer on such films as Ratatouille, Wall-E and Up. He also served as a Character Art Director on Toy Story 3. In 2009, Arriaga left Pixar to join Disney Animation where he worked as a visual development artist on Wreck-It Ralph and as an art director for the holiday television special Prep and Landing 2: Naughty vs. Nice. He later returned to Pixar in 2011.
This class offers a rare chance for students and budding artists to get feedback from true professionals in the business. Between Silver’s lectures and Arriaga’s personalized feedback, it is hard to find a better resource for developing your craft. The course starting this month is already full, but there are a few spots left for the course beginning in January 2014. Space will fill up quickly so if you’re at all interested, don’t wait.
Read more about the class here.
Paradise With Ellie (Top) and The Pixar Storyline (Above) by Daniel Arriaga, as seen Disney Fine Art.