‘I tell stories…’
As a character designer it is my goal to help the director tell his story most effectively. I push myself to develop unique, interesting and useful design ideas. Working closely with the director and the team, these concepts lead to believable and appealing characters the audience can relate to.
A character does not stand alone. With the entire team of writers and artists, a framework is created in which every piece falls into place, and every part of the design helps to support the story.
I started out my career as a freelance illustrator in the Netherlands, creating many different kinds of illustration, like children’s books illustration, book covers, newspaper illustration and caricatures. This variety of work helped me shape and refine my technique and craft, that eventually led me to becoming a versatile character designer for feature animation. I am extremely passionate about my work, and I love to share what I learn everyday. I do this by teaching online at schoolism.com and by speaking at events all around the world.
Please enjoy browsing my portfolio!
More about me on the web
My main blog. This is where I share my sketches and updates.
At this blog share tutorials, step-by-step insights of my painting process and tips.
An online showcase of my work, arranged by project.
Interview at the character design blog.
Interview at the academy of art character and creature design notes
Podcast interview at ChrisOatley.com