Join us Friday, September 3rd for an exclusive interview with character artist Damon Woods!

Damon will be kicking off our "Instructor Spotlight" series, a bi-weekly livestream event where you'll meet some of our amazing instructors and get a glimpse into their lives as artists and educators. Gnomon's instructors are working professionals that bring unique experiences and perspectives into the classroom, and Damon is no exception! As the Principal Character Artist at Respawn Entertainment, Damon creates amazing characters for immersive game experiences. As a Gnomon instructor, he gives artists the skills they need to create the kind of game characters that are in demand in the industry today.

During this interview, we will talk with Damon about his journey as an artist, what it's like to work as a character artist at a game studio, and what you can expect when learning from him at Gnomon. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask Damon questions directly in the chat.

Immediately following the interview, our host Adam Hartel will share a brief informational session about the Gnomon student experience and the various careers for artists within the Visual Effects, Animation, and Games industries.

Events with closed captioning are available via Gnomon Facebook Page.


Gnomon's full-time programs and 10-week individual courses are designed to develop well-rounded artists that are skilled in the diverse disciplines within 3D production. For those outside of the US, virtual classroom-style online courses are also available.

Guest Speakers

Damon Woods Principal Character Artist - Respawn Entertainment

For the last 10 years, Damon Woods has been a 3D Character Artist for film, Games, TV, and Advertising. He has exhibited great versatility in his workflow, adapting to various styles, genres and mediums as projects required. Through the years, Damon has grown with industry demands and continuously improved efficiency by revitalizing his skill sets to stay aligned with advancing technologies. As Principal Character Artist at Respawn, he is tasked with shaping some of the most iconic characters that headline their titles.


The Walking Dead: Onslaught VR (Character Art Director)

Westworld: Awakening VR (Character Art Director)

Creed: Rise to Glory VR (Character Art Director)

Battlewake VR (Character Art Director)

Electronauts VR (Lead Character Artist)

Sprint Vector VR (Lead Character Artist)

Raw Data VR ) (Senior Character Artist)

Flash TV Series (Senior Character Artist)

SuperGirl TV Series (Senior Character Artist)

Pillars of Eternity (Character Artist)

Tyranny (Character Artist)

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Character Artist)

Work Experience:

Principal Character Artist, Respawn Entertainment

Character Art Director, Survios

Character Art Instructor, CG Master Academy

Senior Character Artist, Encore VFX/Deluxe Entertainment

Character Artist, Obsidian Entertainment

Character Artist, Kojima Productions

Character Modeling Instructor, The Art Institute of California

Senior 3D Artist, Brain Zoo Studios

Adam HartelGnomon Host

As Recruiter, Adam travels to high schools, community colleges, and trade shows to educate prospective students about Gnomon’s academic options and provide information about careers in the entertainment industry. With over two decades of experience working in nonprofit, Adam has used his skills in visual art, photography, and design to create socially conscious initiatives in collaboration with art students and professionals. He has lived and worked abroad in Norway and the Netherlands while traveling Europe as a community developer and public speaker. Adam holds a Bachelor of Arts from LIFE Pacific University.

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