Character Designer

Character Artist

Minimum No entry barrier

Certified training for Character Designer (programme aligned to MES/Q0502 released by Media & Entertainment Skills Council)]

Preferably minimum experience of 4 years in relevant field

The tasks a Character Designer is expected to perform include:

Gathering visual references such as images, paintings, prints, murals, etc. to aid during animation process

Preparing the character pack, including character design, construction detail, character line-up, etc.

Charting out the character dos and don?ts, size relationship chart, attitude poses, hand gestures, facial expressions, etc.

Studying the movement of characters and suggesting characteristics by shooting videos or acting

Drawing out possibilities for each character on paper along with their clothing, accessories, etc.

Skilled in life drawing including human anatomy, emotions, actions, expressions, mannerisms, etc.

Knowledge of human behaviour, facial expressions, walking style, animal anatomy, etc.

Skilled in the basics of theatre-acting and staging

Knowledge of image editing software such as Adobe Photoshop, Gimp, etc.

Efficient in designing and developing characters consistent with the creative look of production and script

Proficient in creating perspective drawings from all angles

Efficient in mimicking any given character style according to the style suggested by the director

Knowledge of the applicable copyright norms and intellectual property rights

Knowledge of the latest designing and drawing techniques

Will be updated

Excellent drawing skills

Good communication skills

Highly creative

Attention to detail

Imaginative thinking


It is not a desk job

Need to handle a team of assistant designers

Local travelling maybe part of the job role

Part-time work and contractual jobs are available

Work from home maybe available

Working hours

Working hours are not fixed

Overtime maybe required

Shift system maybe available

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?


This job is not listed as hazardous or dangerous under The Factories Act 1948 (section 87)

Occupational hazards may include physical and mental strain, mild stiffness or pain in joints if not tended to

For freshers INR 8,000 to INR 12,000 per month

For a candidate with experience INR 15,000 to INR 50,000 per month

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Animation Boom in Entertainment

According to a recent report by Nasscom, the Indian animation industry, with a market size valued at US$ 300 million, has come a long way in the last couple of years. The report further add on that India should easily cross US$ 869 by 2010, pushing the compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) to over 25% between 2006 and 2010. Currently the market is mainly driven by outsourced work, with about 60-70% of the revenues come from the West. However, that would not be the case for long say experts; the domestic market might soon take a bigger share in the growth.

The expanding animation industry ensures positive prospects for many candidates wanting to enter into this arena. The rising demand for Character Designers, 2D and 3D Designers is evident with the tremendous growth potential of animation and gaming industry and there are plenty of employment opportunities for many creative minds.

Animation studios

Television production studios

Film production studios

Gaming companies

Advertising agencies

Cities across India

Will be updated

Fine arts colleges across India

Visual arts training institutes across India

National schools of drama across India

Film and television training institutes across India