Want To Become A Character Artist?

PART-TIME, ONLINE GAME ARTS CAREER ACCELERATOR
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PART TIME, ONLINE
CHARACTER ARTIST BOOTCAMP

Learn and apply the skills you need to start a career in games online and from the comfort of your own home.

CHOOSE YOUR SCHEDULE

Our meetings are in two different time zones to make sure we cover everyone

GET A JOB IN THE GAME INDUSTRY

You will receive mentorship to help you fine-tune your portfolio, interview skills and job search strategy in order to increase the number of game art job offers received

PAY IN INSTALLMENTS

Can't pay all at once? No worries. Break your payment up into three month installments

CAREER SUPPORT

We provide each of our immersive graduates with access to job readiness training, connections to employers, and opportunities to hone new skills.

Job
Preparation

Build a strong portfolio with one-on-one mentorship.

Online Presence

By the time you graduate from our animator classes, you'll have a strong online presence and a portfolio that reflects your value in the job market.

Coaching

We offer guidance in evaluating job offers and negotiating terms before job acceptance.

Former 3D Artist

Lawrence Kameen

Graduate Of The Character Artist Bootcamp

Now A Character Artist At SIE San Diego Studio

"It’s been one hard, long, tiring journey, and I’ve thought about packing it up, calling it quits more times than I can remember over those years, but I knew one day my hard work would pay off, and today it did."

Companies who've hired our alumni

"Everyone told me to forget about trying to be a character artist, that artists have been trying for 6-7 years and that it would take me years before i get that chance. Now here i am making characters for an unannounced triple A title and already have watchdogs 2 in my resume. I feel like saying thank you to you and all the instructors here is not enough, but it's all I can say really, thank you so much for making my dream come true."

Testimonial
Sands Kopaei

"I think i had a vague idea of how to make a character for games before but now I am much more confident. When I compare my new work with my old work it is just really better. This is the first time I was doing something realistic and it was a huge step for me and it went really well. "

Testimonial
Océane Bidou

"Seriously....last weekend, i was like "i'm seeing a movie where Hosein did the likeness and one of my fellow students ran one of the biggest doll companies around for years, i'm totally in the right place."

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Uriah Redden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A WORD FROM ONE OF OUR MENTORS

Enjoy this excerpt from our webinar with Marcin Klicki of CD Projekt Red, the makers of Witcher, as he tells you what you really need to know about getting a job in the game industry.

 

COURSE TIMELINE

We teach the skills you need to kickstart your career as an artist and a lifelong learner. From anatomy fundamentals to 3D modeling tools to game engines, you'll learn to create game art while mastering Pipeline and best practices.

Week 1 - 5: Learn How To Build Your Character

You will learn game arts best practices and tools by building your own character using the skills and software learned throughout the class such as ZBrush, Marvelous Designer, Maya.

Week 6 - 9: Build Your Textures, Materials & Rendering Assets

Utilize the latest software to develop your rendering, materials and texturing assets. Use software like Mari, Substance Painter, Marmoset and other tools to finalize your in-game model.

Week 10+

Building your skills as a game artist is not only about learning artistic and technical skills but also about soft people skills. We’ll train you in making tutorials, brand management and job search strategies to help you stand out above the rest.

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Build Your Portfolio

You'll complete several projects, including a primary portfolio project that will help you begin your job search with confidence. Check out an example of a project from Mohammad Asraf.

Brief

Create warrior to fit within the God Of War or Witcher worlds.

Assets
  • Male base mesh via ZBrush
  • Armor & Accessories via Maya & ZBrush
  • Texturing via Substance Painter
  • Materials via Marmoset

Process

The Figure

Using Maya, ZBrush and Marvelous Designer, Oceane created the high resolution design sculpt. With feedback she was able to increase her level of realism and create more detailed accessories.

Clothing & Props

Oceane optimized the mesh and generated the maps using a few different software tools including Maya, ZBrush and Handplane 3D.

Topology & UVs

Oceane created the texture in Substance Painter, which was new to her and rendered it in Marmoset using PBR materials and submitted it for a job opening during that last weeks of the Bootcamp.

Real Time Materials

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MEET GAI'S INSTRUCTORS

Learn from skilled artists with professional experience in the field through our classes, bootcamps and immersives.

Marcin Klicki

CD Projekt Red

Adam Skutt

Epic Games

Jarad Vincent

Epic Games

Hosein Diba

Freelance Sculptor

Jason Martin

Id Software

Eric Wilson

Anatomist & Sculptor

Alex Senechal

343 Industries

Eytan Zana

Naughty Dog

UPCOMING BOOTCAMPS

AUG 28 - Nov 03

Mon & Thu

10am & 6pm Pacific

$2,000 USD

JUN 19 - AUG 25

Mon & Thu

10am & 6pm Pacific

SOLD OUT

APR 17 - JUN 22

Mon & Thu

10am & 6pm Pacific

SOLD OUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GET ANSWERS

We love questions, almost as much as we love providing answers. Here are a few samplings of what we're typically asked, along with our responses:

Why are these skills relevant today?

There's never been a better time to be a well-trained 3D Artist. The Game industry is growing and offers stable employment for artists trained in anatomy and the latest software.

What practical skill sets can I expect to have upon completion of the course?

By the end of this course you'll be able to:

  • Understand fundamental anatomy of the human body.
  • Develop complete characters using the latest pipeline tools such as Mari and Substance Painter.
  • Insert your character in a game engine with all the data, maps, and materials needed to showcase your skills.
  • Problem solve within Maya, ZBrush, Substance Painter, Marvelous Designer and more.
Who will I be taking classes with?

Our students are artists, engineers transition into the arts, people just out of college, people who couldn't afford to go to college, vfx artists, baristas - artists who, just like you, have a passion for creating characters for the film and game industry.

What can I expect to accomplish by the end of this course?

By the end of the course, you will have:

  • Completed one primary portfolio project.
  • Learned about character creation from experienced game artists.
  • Prepared yourself with the foundational knowledge you need to begin a career of continuous learning.
What are my financing options for an immersive program?

We don't want financial obstacles to get in the way of you achieving your dream job so we offer payment plans for those who qualify. Note, you must first be accepted into the program before applying for financing.

What is the difference between the Bootcamp and the Immersive?

The Immersive is in-person. The Bootcamp is online. The immersive is also over 520 hours of training while the bootcamp is over 40 hours of training.

More Questions?

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