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Character Designer

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 772572BR Location Burbank, California, United States Business Walt Disney Animation Studios Date posted Jan. 22, 2021

Job Summary:

Character Designers create the concept art and designs that help bring a film’s characters to life. They inform, inspire, and touch many aspects of our creative pipeline. A character designer translates a director’s ideas into drawings, creating designs that service character personality, movement, and performance and providing a wide range of expression for animators to act with on screen. Character designers also provide technical turnarounds, pose pages, and expression sheets to inform character creation in modeling and rigging. They are also responsible for drawings and color packets to explain the construction and detail of character costuming to inform surfacing and simulation.

We’re looking for experienced Character Designers who have a rich imagination, a sense of whimsy and appeal, and solid volumetric drawing abilities. An understanding of color, shape, and anatomy are also key skills needed to breathe life into our characters. We want designers who will bring fresh and unexpected viewpoints to our work and our workplace. We encourage and embrace original thinking and passion to enhance and contribute to our artistic legacy of animated appeal.

Job Requirements:

  • Design characters based on the director’s vision
  • Execute detailed character technical drawings to expedite collaboration with other departments in the pipeline
  • Collaborate with and address notes from a Supervising Artist in completion of all assignments
  • Proactively engage and collaborate with the Walt Disney Animation Studios Art Department
  • Attend and contribute to Art Department Meetings
  • Familiarity with Photoshop
  • At least 4 years of studio professional experience preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience

To apply for this position you must include a portfolio and resume.

Portfolios Should Include:

  • Character designs in a range of styles and archetypes, all with specific and clear personality and appeal
  • Drawings of character moments and relationships
  • Observational sketches & studies
  • Work that demonstrates an understanding of acting, observation, volume, anatomy, staging, and movement
  • If any of your work is password protected, please include the password with your application

The Walt Disney Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



About Walt Disney Animation Studios:

Combining masterful artistry and storytelling with groundbreaking technology, Walt Disney Animation Studios is a filmmaker-driven animation studio responsible for creating some of the most beloved films ever made. Located in Burbank, WDAS continues to build on its rich legacy of innovation and creativity, from the first fully-animated feature film, 1937's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, to 2019’s Frozen 2, the biggest animated film of all time. Among the studio's timeless creations are Pinocchio, Sleeping Beauty, The Jungle Book, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Big Hero 6 and Zootopia.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with The Secret Lab, which is part of a business segment we call Walt Disney Animation Studios.

The Secret Lab is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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