Master character designer Carlos Grangel is a Spanish-born character designer for animated films and currently working at Dreamworks Animation and running his studio appropriately titled, Grangel Studio.
After graduating from High School I was on the point of going to university but, with my family behind me, I decided to have a go at the thing which excited and energized me more than anything else. I had always had artistic leanings and so I put together a small portfolio and found a position in a Studio Agency. I began by doing comic and illustration work, on a freelance basis, which continued for a number of years. I then decided to further my knowledge and did a years course in Animation Techniques, graduating in 1989. I had always felt drawn to animation and I was very keen to learn the process right through from the development phase, on to the animation phase and finishing with post-production. I took some samples of my work to Amblimation (in London) and was fortunate enough to start working there as a character designer.