Job roles

  • Concept artist – a concept artist comes up with the initial designs and appearance for the project.  
  • Character designer – a character designer designs characters based on the initial sketches of the concept artist, personality and physical traits that are given to them by the director of the project.  
  • 2D animator – a 2D animator creates motion by drawing still images that are put into a sequence that create the look of movement.  


What skills are required

Skills required for a character designer 

  • Colour theory 
  • Perspective 
  • Anatomy 
  • Attention to detail 
  • Ability to draw in a variety of styles 
  • Knowledge of expressions and body language 
  • Visual story telling 
  • Time management 
  • Communication 
  • Knowledge of the animation or game development process 


Job Research 

I researched a few different character designer job openings in Northern Ireland, there was not many available however I did find an opening with Cartoon Saloon, but the post did not explain if it was an entry level job. I would assume that 1 to 2 years experience is required for the job as it’s working on a TV show and most jobs in this field need some experience.  

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