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I really enjoyed the class!! Shannon is a great instructor, very patient and very generous with his time. I learned tons, and am really glad to have him help me start my modeling career with a solid foundation.

The classes are very well structured, video contents are great, lectures are very clear and full of information, with some light humor peppered throughout which helps keep the atmosphere light.

Shannon's positive attitude is great as well, choice quote like "I hate doing UVs/displacement maps that's why I got really good at doing them" is great. It reminds me to face future modeling problems with more positivity. I could have had another teacher where he or she might say "oh UV is horrible" and that would have left a bad impression on me about UVs, instead I was glad to have listened to Shannon's thoughts first, thus giving me a more positive first impression and outlook on the harder task when it comes to modeling.

Finally, thanks again Shannon for creating the course. I have enrolled in some other online school before, and I like this the best so far.

Se Ri Tan (Tokyo, Japan)
course «Character Modeling for Production»


Shannon Thomas has enlighten me and taught me so much about the production process of character modeler including a ton of helpful tips on how to be more proficient in our industry. He will give everyone in the class clear and precise feedback during your Q&A session. He also took the time out of his busy schedule to meet with me for a one on one session going over technical and artistic problems with my model.

The relationship you build with your colleagues and Shannon is truly awesome, fun and very humbling. I personally started this class not knowing very much about MAYA, and nothing at all about ZBrush. Completing this class today I'm more confident with the tools I've learned and i'm looking forward with rocking out a few more models with the hopes of finding a job in our industry.

Shannon Thomas is a truly a one of a kind professional and I give his Character Modeling in Production class "FIVE Stars" !!!!!

Ernie Arrieta Jr. (Dallas, USA)
course «Character Modeling for Production»


Shannon definitely has a great ability to teach people. He'll often going into explanation and details that he could have brushed over during some of the reviews and my email questions.

Some of these online courses can be really bad but this was exactly how interactive learning should be.

Paul Adams (London, England)
course «Character Modeling for Production»


This course has strengthened my understanding of the physics behind motion and taught me alot about workflow. Joe Bowers has gone above and beyond explaining concepts and taking time to answer every question in the lectures and in the Q&A. I highly recommend taking this class to reinforce your physics in body mechanics and give you insights to workflow in animation that you could adopt in your personal workflow. Above all the more effort you put in, the more you'll get out of it. You'll only rip what you sow.

Adam Ampa Besigye (San Francisco, United States)
course «Physics of Animation»


Great instructor!!!
Was really helpful and i learned a lot.

Azamat Aituganov (Aktobe, Kazakhstan)
course «Characters in Motion»


Instructors and reviewers are all excellent. A wonderful, fun experience.

Rachel Kearney (United States)
course «Animation Bootcamp»


Best I ever had!

Maksim Tsimoshka (Minsk, Belarus)


Chris did a great job! Every lesson builds on top of the previous one and teaches you new important things which you need to animate a powerful performance. By adressing animation concepts one at a time, Chris really helped me not to get overwhelmed!

Matthias Glombek (Bruehl, Germany)
course «Intro To Performance»


I think Mike is an awesome instructor, I learned a lot thanks to him and I can just thank him, the lectures are awesome, they are really full of content, the reviews are really good also, he always has good feedback to give you, and the best part is that actually you learn what is the mistake and how to fix it, and this is the best feedback you can have.

Pablo Fournier Herrera (Madrid, Spain)
course «A Character Close-Up»


Rebecca Perez was very honest in breaking down animation and giving honest feedback and answering any question that came up.

Adam Ampa Besigye (San Francisco, United States)
course «Characters in Motion»


Overall it's been a mind blowing and eye opening experience. Its made clear concepts that I hadn't quite understood prior to CGTarian. Definitely looking forward to taking more courses in the future and I highly recommend it to other animation scholars.

Adam Ampa (San Francisco, United States)


I have been really trying to utilize all the resources of the course. I have watched some of the lectures a couple times and watch the other review session of the class. So much information to absorb~ and the repetition and reiteration is really beneficial!

Isaiah Ledgister (Oakville, Canada)
course «A Character Close-Up»


I have bounced around between a few online programs. In terms of learning structure I think Cgtarian is my favorite so far. I really love the specific lectures that coincide directly with the shot you are working on- it helps you to make decisions on your own as you work and helps you avoid mistakes before you make them. That way the instructor at the end of the week can be confident in your understanding of the critique because the content has been covered. It also helps so you know not only the changes you need to make but why you are making them.

Isaiah Ledgister (Oakville, Canada)


Mike was great. He is very dedicated to his role as an instructor. His lecture videos are very informative and his reviews are detailed and geared toward each student's needs. He is also very knowledgeable about the content. I have learned a lot from his classes and if I get another chance, would definitely take his class again.
The course is great with focus on facial animation. The lectures have dealt with a wide range of areas from anatomy to workflow to animation tips and tricks.

Lisa Wang (Vancouver, Canada)
course «A Character Close-Up»


The course was a game-changer for me. It took my understanding of animation and my skills to a whole new level. And it was amazing experience I was happy to have. Diving deep into the acting and digging the thinking process of the character along with strong animaton training was very efficient.
My instructor and reviewer is very professional and helpful. His feedback is very detailed and he always helps us stay motivated and work as hard as we can during the course. He's just great!

Pavel Antonenkov (Moscow, Russian Federation)
course «A Thinking Character»


It was great! I learn from my instructor and from my fellow students. I will definitely attend more courses at CGTarian and I can recommend it to anyone who wants to improve their animation.

Pavel Antonenkov (Moscow, Russian Federation)


Mike Safianoff is an amazing instructor, he's one of the best I've had and his classes are pure gold.
It's great to look to facial animation with so much detail. Mike's approach to thought process and acting analysis is mind-blowing.

Humberto Rosa (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
course «A Character Close-Up»


My experience overall has been pretty good. In my experience with online education, a lot of the positive student interaction usually has more to do with the people in each group than the website itself, and the people I've met are really great which makes the whole experience much more enjoyable. Mike and Jalil also make sure to keep the group active and that's great.

Humberto Rosa (Buenos Aires, Argentina)


Helped to broaden my knowledge in animation. The course gave me more confidence and opened my eyes

Evghenii Cernisev (Moscow, Russia)


It was Great! David is an awesome teacher who has helped me grow as an animator, and the lectures are fantastic!

Henry Sanchez (United States)
course «Cartoony Animation»


The class was very fun and entertaining, i like how it teaches and makes us push our timing to parts that we thought we wouldn't be able to do before and how to make those fast movements read well

Henry Sanchez (United States)


Instructors and reviewers are all excellent.
A wonderful, fun experience.

Rachel Kearney (United States)


Well, I can only say - Jalil is the best teacher I've had. He is a highly Professional animator and has great life experience. I am very happy to be able to learn from him. Thanks Jalil.

Vladimir Maly (Augsburg, Germany)
course «A Thinking Character»


I have been blessed to be a part of many workshops, and I can honestly say that there is no workshop quite like this one. I have learned so much in such a short amount of time, that I always eagerly encourage my peers at my university to partake in these classes.

Christopher Harada (San Francisco, United States)


The course was Amazing, I honestly mean that. The way everything was structured, with hour or so long lectures throughout the week to watch, and how we could apply these teachings to our weekly assignment really have helped a lot.
Jalil Sadool is by far one of the most kindest and influential people I have ever studied under.
I came to the class seeking to learn as much as I could from an instructor, and what I got out of it was an awesome mentor.

Christopher Harada (San Francisco, United States)
course «A Thinking Character»


In mere weeks I've learned so much more than in 3 years of University.. So my experience at CGTarian has been great!

Iuri Monteiro (Carnaxide, Portugal)


They here all awesome!
Great communicators, teachers and people.

Iuri Monteiro (Carnaxide, Portugal)
course «Animation Bootcamp»


Mike is awesome!
The knowledge he has given me has improved my self esteem. Professional, inspiring and a great mentor. Thank you.

Steven Hawthorne (Bridgwater, United Kingdom)
course «A Character Close-Up»


The good thing about Cgtarian is that emphasis on anatomy, physics etc. Understanding that our rigs have muscles and how to ground our performances to create a stronger illusion of life. Instead of only thinking about this one performance, I am given knowledge that can be applied to many, many other rigs and performances. Thank you.

Steven Hawthorne (Bridgwater, United Kingdom)


Great instructor!!!
Was really helpful and i learned a lot.

Azamat Aituganov (Aktobe, Kazakhstan)


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