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Diving into Design: Characters, Props and Visual Development

Tara Nicole Whitaker specializes in character/prop design, visual development, and directing, and has been in the animation industry since 2004. She is currently directing at Disney TV animation. As a mentor, she will help develop the talents of aspiring designers, and prep them for entry into the industry. This circle will focus on getting one’s foot in the door, focusing on character/prop design and visual development positions.

Mentee Criteria

Experience Level:
Student
0-1 Year
1-3 Years

Meeting Times & Dates

Please note: Meeting times and dates are subject to change by your Circle Mentor

Times Per Month:  Twice per month

Dates:  Bi-Monthly on Saturdays

Meeting Times:  4:00pm – 5:30pm (PST)

Circle Leader

Tara Nicole Whitaker

Tara Nicole Whitaker specializes in character/prop design, visual development, and directing, and has been in the animation industry since 2004. She is currently directing at Disney TV animation.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Tara Nicole fell in love with children’s books from visits to the local library. This passion for illustration developed into one for animation, as well. Her education in art began early, from classes at Pratt in her youth, to more formal training at RISD and California Institute of the Arts, earning her a BFA in Character Animation in 2002. Since graduating, she has designed for DreamWorks, Nickelodeon, Fox Animation, PBS, CBS, Cartoon Network, and most recently, Disney TV Animation.


Title/Expertise:  Director, Designer


Company:  Disney TV Animation


Location:  Los Angeles, CA


LinkedIn / Website:
taranicolewhitaker.com