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Sara Mengual Aragones

SpainToptal Member Since August 1, 2022

Sara is an illustrator, artist, and 2D animator from Barcelona. For the past six years, she has focused on illustration as a freelancer, working with many international clients and applying her art for digital, print, and commercial purposes. Sara loves bringing her character designs to life through different personalities and expressions. Nature serves as a comprehensive source of inspiration for her work, where she is constantly developing new compositions with strong and vibrant colors.

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Michael Knowland

Freelance Character Designer
United KingdomToptal Member Since July 17, 2020

Michael is a lead character artist who has designed characters on the award-winning game The Last of Us for Sony Playstation and created detailed blendshapes on the Avengers: Endgame film at Framestore. He specializes in creating realistic characters and creatures for gaming, film, and simulation with believable textures, deformable topology, realistic anatomy, and hair.

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Miha Rinne

FinlandToptal Member Since June 30, 2023

Miha is a senior game developer, art director, 3D modeler, 2D/3D animator, and game designer with three decades of experience in creating game art, 3D and traditional animations, and managing teams with clients such as Housemarque, Rovio, and Maze Theory. His broad skill sets and extensive experience give Miha the perspective to analyze the project's needs and implement them with solutions that best fit the available schedules, tools, and resources.

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Todd Tibbetts

United StatesToptal Member Since December 11, 2021

Todd has been a full-time creative professional his entire career. He is a UX designer, Figma expert, video editor, and AI art enthusiast with a one-person studio in Seattle. Todd does app design, motion graphics, web design, UX design, app prototyping, presentations, and illustration. He's trustworthy, fun, friendly, on time, and on budget. His enthusiasm and love of design are infectious.

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Renan Kogut

PortugalToptal Member Since November 10, 2022

Renan is a senior 2D animator and motion designer with eight years of professional experience. He has worked for animation studios like Boulder Media, Netflix TV series production, Mighty Studios BBC TV series, and MoonBow animated advertisements. Renan also worked on projects like the Steam Community Awards for Valve, one of the world's biggest video games publishers and distributors, and Rocket League Esports social media animations, a well-acclaimed and award-winning video game.

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Jiyoun Lee-Lodge

United StatesToptal Member Since April 6, 2021

Jiyoun is a creative professional with 10+ years of experience developing quality products while focusing on new feature development, product usability, and customer journeys. Skilled in overseeing the user experience of a product from conception until launch. She's able to utilize a user-centered approach and design thinking skills; excel at conducting user research, defining challenges and constraints, proposing innovative solutions, and creating prototypes to share project vision.

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Golshid Yazdi

TurkeyToptal Member Since July 23, 2022

Golshid Yazdi is a senior UI/UX designer and illustrator with six years of experience, sustaining a history of over 50 successful brandings and over 100 web and web app designs. Golshid Yazdi has collaborated as an illustrator with web design companies to redesign web pages, illustrating visual web packages released on the online markets. She has worked as an NFT illustrator, concept designer, and digital painter.

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Carlos Fernando Cabrera

GuatemalaToptal Member Since September 2, 2022

Carlos, an accomplished 3D artist and graphic designer, brings a wealth of experience crafting compelling visuals for global brands and corporations. Praised for his meticulous attention to detail and top-tier brand visuals, he is recognized as a resourceful, self-motivated, and efficient leader. Carlos excels in managing demanding workloads and delivering exceptional results on time, fostering close client collaboration throughout the process.

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Nóra Tóth

HungaryToptal Member Since January 21, 2020

A seasoned digital product designer, visual designer, and illustrator, Nóra has a wide range of experience in digital product design, UI/UX design, illustration, graphic design, and branding. She has worked on a variety of projects as a member of interdisciplinary teams. She opts for design solutions that are both functional and visually appealing. Nóra has a weak spot for making digital and printed products more emotionally engaging by creating unique illustrations.

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Jorge Gonzalez Miksi

ColombiaToptal Member Since April 29, 2020

With 10 years of design and animation experience, Jorge has helped companies and individuals develop their voices through design and motion. Jorge has an undergraduate degree in graphic design from Universidad del Norte and an MFA in animation from the University of Edinburgh. He was a recipient of the Colfuturo Scholarship and was supported by the Colombian Film Development Fund to study in Scotland.

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Wafa Babsail

IndonesiaToptal Member Since October 4, 2022

Wafa' is an art director and game designer with 8+ years of experience. She handles projects from briefing to production in branding, editorials, publications, packaging, UI/UX, illustrations, and infographics. Her experience in game design includes developing eight game art concepts, character design, narrative design, storyboarding, prototyping, and documentation. With fluency across different mediums and disciplines, Wafa' excels at developing visual concepts for a worldwide client base.

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Testimonials
Michael is an incredible designer, and has been a great fit for our project. He just gets it in a way that can’t be taught. My goal was to pay Toptal to find me a high quality designer for my project, and that is exactly what happened. It was easy. Being able to see the portfolio work on Toptal’s platform is what gave me the infomation I needed to choose Michael. I have nothing but good things to say about Toptal and am looking forward to using Toptal for other projects in the future.

Edward Daniel

Co-Founder

I've worked very closely with Martina for over a year and have to say she is one of the best people I have ever worked with. Instead of simply following instructions blindly, she thinks through the task at hand, becoming a thought partner to help with whatever the project may be. Besides being super talented at design, she possesses specific qualities that make her exceptional to work with given the fast paced nature of being a startup. I would definitely recommend her to anyone looking for a talented, professional designer who doesn't need much direction to hit the ground running.

Sahil Khanna

Sr. Manager, Marketing

Darko did a great job figuring out the user architecture for our concept, which led him to produce terrific wireframes. His knowledge of usability and design was a perfect match for the outside voice we needed to help jumpstart our project. We would certainly recommend him and work with him again in the future.

Rich Danker

Founder

Carlos has the unique talent of blending both quantitative and qualitative research to keenly identify UX challenges and opportunities. He thinks methodically, emphatically, and holistically to produce data-driven strategies and well-executed designs. Over the past 8 years of working with fully or partially distributed teams, Carlos manages working remotely far better than anyone I've encountered because of his strong communication and presentation skills. He is the first on my list the next time I need a UX designer.

Michelle Krogmeier

Project Manager

Rafael is an amazing designer. His aesthetic sense is spot on, and he seems to be able to anticipate our needs before we even know what they are. He's taken the time to understand both our company and our clientele, and his solutions are consistently in-line with our values, interests, and our customers' needs. He delivers on time (if not earlier), works quickly, is well organized, and very effective. He's a pleasure to work with, and we're very happy to have found him through Toptal.

Ethan Brooks

CTO

How to Hire Character Designers Through Toptal

1

Talk to One of Our Industry Experts

A Toptal director of design will work with you to understand your goals, technical needs, and team dynamics.
2

Work With Hand-Selected Talent

Within days, we'll introduce you to the right Character designer for your project. Average time to match is under 24 hours.
3

The Right Fit, Guaranteed

Work with your new Character designer for a trial period (pay only if satisfied), ensuring they're the right fit before starting the engagement.

FAQs

  • How are Toptal Character designers different?

    At Toptal, we thoroughly screen our Character designers to ensure we only match you with talent of the highest caliber. Of the more than 200,000 people who apply to join the Toptal network each year, fewer than 3% make the cut. You’ll work with design experts (never generalized recruiters or HR reps) to understand your goals, technical needs, and team dynamics. The end result: expert vetted talent from our network, custom matched to fit your business needs.

  • Can I hire Character designers in less than 48 hours through Toptal?

    Depending on availability and how fast you can progress, you could start working with a Character designer within 48 hours of signing up.

  • What is the no-risk trial period for Toptal Character designers?

    We make sure that each engagement between you and your Character designer begins with a trial period of up to two weeks. This means that you have time to confirm the engagement will be successful. If you’re completely satisfied with the results, we’ll bill you for the time and continue the engagement for as long as you’d like. If you’re not completely satisfied, you won’t be billed. From there, we can either part ways, or we can provide you with another expert who may be a better fit and with whom we will begin a second, no-risk trial.

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  • Trusted Experts Only

    Trusted Experts Only

    All of our talent are seasoned experts who ramp up quickly, readily contribute as core team members, and work with you to minimize onboarding time.

  • The Right Fit

    The Right Fit

    We have a knack for matching you with the right fit. Start working with your new hire on a no-risk trial period, paying only if satisfied.

  • Scale as Needed

    Scale as Needed

    Hire talent within 48 hours and scale your team up or down as needed, no strings attached.

  • Seamless Hiring

    Seamless Hiring

    We handle all aspects of billing, payments, and NDA’s. Let us take care of the overhead while you focus on building great products.

  • Flexible Engagements

    Flexible Engagements

    Choose the engagement type that suits your needs — hourly, part-time, or full-time — with the ability to change anytime.

  • Expert Talent Matching

    Expert Talent Matching

    Focus on your project and enjoy support from your dedicated account executive and expert talent matcher.

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