Stephen DeStefano

Character Design Lab
Disney DreamWorks Sony Pictures

Embark on an enthralling journey through the illustrious career of DeStefano, a visionary artist who left an indelible mark in the comics industry with the creation of Captain Electron in Adventure Comics #479 (March 1981). From the dynamic characters Zeep and Thumbelina to the clever “I…Vampire” parody in House of Mystery #306 (July 1982), DeStefano’s early works not only showcase his unique artistic style but also reveal his narrative brilliance. His collaboration with writer Bob Rozakis gave rise to ‘Mazing Man, a character who took center stage in its eponymous series starting in January 1986, demonstrating DeStefano’s knack for crafting enduring and compelling characters.

As his career unfolded, DeStefano seamlessly transitioned into animation, leaving an indelible mark on beloved series such as The Ren & Stimpy Show and Futurama. His artistic finesse extended beyond comics, notably contributing as an inker for Genndy Tartakovsky’s Cage series in 2016–2017. The pinnacle of his animation achievements came in 2020 when he clinched the Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation Emmy for Character Design on Tartakovsky’s Primal, adding another illustrious chapter to his creative journey.

Notably, DeStefano’s artistic brilliance is not confined to the comic realm alone; it extends to the silver screen. His creative touch can be experienced in the animated film Hotel Transylvania, where his skills as an animator and character designer contribute to the magic that brings the beloved characters to life. In every stroke of his pen and frame of animation, DeStefano invites you to join him on a voyage into the extraordinary, showcasing a boundless creativity that resonates across diverse mediums, from comics to animated masterpieces like Hotel Transylvania.

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Character Design Lab

Stephen DeStefano
Disney, DreamWorks, Sony Pictures
12. - 23. 8. 2024
10 days
intermediate drawing skills
10 participants
English
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