April’s Workshop : “THE FINE ART OF CHARACTER DESIGN” by Kathie Olivas and Brandt Peters


THE FINE ART OF CHARACTER DESIGN is a beginner’s class based on ideas and tips for building and designing effective, expressive and memorable character designs. We will be focusing on specific fundamental processes and theories, such as R&D (research & development), visual impact, shape breakdowns, defining styles, character story, color theory, space and volume, and caricature. We will also be discussing creating character turnarounds, conveying personality and finally – polish and presentation.

The class will be two hours long with an additional hour held over for Peters and Olivas to review and critique your in-class drawings and designs.

Only 20 spots are available for this unique workshop and will be just one in a series of planned character design workshops from Peters and Olivas(together and individually).



This class will be taught by internationally recognized fine artists and award winning toy designers: Brandt Peters and Kathie Olivas. Originally development artists and designers for film and animation, as well as the theme park industries, their combined past character design experience includes working for such film and animation company greats such as Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox and Spyglass Entertainment (MGM), as well as industry leading toy companies such as Kidrobot and 2013 Academy Award nominated Director David Silverman(longtime Simpsons’ director and producer). Both artists have designed for feature film, feature animation, television animation (3D and traditional), comic books, video games (platform and arcade) and even have crossed over into self-producing their own character based projects.

Date: 4/7/13 (Sunday) / 2 – 4 PM (review and critique until 5pm)


DURATION: 2 hours (+ 1 hour for critique and review)


SUPPLIES: Students should bring their own sketchbooks and/or notepads, and personal drawing tools. Stranger Factory will also have newsprint sketchbooks and drawing supply sets on hand… Please let the staff know in advance if you will need supplies.

To reserve your spot, please contact as soon as possible.

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