CHARACTER DESIGN LAB2019-04-01T15:42:54+00:00

You will collaborate on the development of character design with a leading character artist Geefwee Boedoe, Disney/Pixar, who will share his experience of particular creative approaches and design processes for animated film. This will benefit your own work on an animated film/series or a game, without regard to a specific style. The lab’s programme is focused on mastering the creative process of the development of the design of characters within the context of a story.


  • Character design lectures by an accomplished professional
  • Professional supervision and consulting of your project – film or game
  • Team collaboration with the mentor
  • Taking both Story and Concept Art Labs as a team project would qualify to get feedback from the panel of experts (see Story Lab details)


Participants should have drawing skills already at an intermediate level and bring their own projects to the lab to boost both their skills, workflows and their projects at the same time. Team collaboration is essential. We strongly recommend to apply as a team of 2 artists with a project.


In order to be eligible for the lab, you need to submit your project idea as a synopsis or character profiles no more than 500 words max. along with your registration. Participants bring their own materials, computers with Photoshop and projects to work on


  • Portfolio – expertise and experience in the field
  • Priority given to animators and artists
  • Motivational letter
    Emphasis on career motivation and vision
  • Own project
    Participants’ involvement is conditional on their having a project of their own
  • Own creative team
    Teams of at least two or more will receive priority
  • Participation in both Story & Art workshops


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Jim Moore on being a good artist

Jim Moore on dealing with non-artist clients

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  • Duration
    July 22nd – August 2nd 2019 (10 days)

  • Mentor
    Geefwee Boedoe

  • Skill level
    at least intermediate drawing skills

  • Price

    1 200 EUR / 30 000 CZK

    Team of 2 artists
    600 EUR / 15 000 CZK per each participant

    Price includes 21% VAT. In case of EUR/CZK exchange rate should change, the fee in EUR is derived from CZK currency. Does not include: travel and accomodation


Geefwee Boedoe

Geefwee Boedoe began his animation career working as a hand-drawn animator for Walt Disney studios on The Little Mermaid, and Beauty and the Beast, and started work in story & visual development on The Hunchback of Notre Dame. He continued in story & visual development at Pixar on films such as A Bug’s Life,  Finding Nemo and The Incredibles. During his work on Monsters, Inc. he also designed and created the title sequence for that film.
In 2002 Geefwee Boedoe left the studio environment to pursue personal work. The first fruit from his independent path was the publication of Arrowville, a children’s book he wrote and illustrated which was named a Ten Best Illustrated Children’s Book by the  New York Times, and won the Best Illustrated Book of the Year from the National Cartoonist Society. In 2011 Geefwee Boedoe’s independent short film Let’s Pollute, which he wrote and animated, was nominated for an Academy Award.
During his many personal projects Geefwee Boedoe has also continued to work as a freelance vis-dev artist, contributing character designs, environments and concept art for many of the major animation studios including, DreamWorks, Laika, and RealFX on films such as How to Train Your Dragon, Free Birds, and Boss Baby, to name a few.
Currently Geefwee Boedoe lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and is teaching Character Design at the California College of the Arts. He is also developing several original independent stories including an animated television series, between his freelance design work.

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