Francesco Guarini
Francesco Guarini
Director - Art Director - Visual Development Artist
Madrid, Spain


I'm a Director, Art Director and Visual Development Artist currently based in Madrid.

In my six years working in the animation industry, I've had the pleasure of contributing to a wide range of projects, encompassing both 2D and 3D animation. Throughout this journey, I've taken on various roles including character designer, visual development artist, art director, storyboard artist and most recently, director.

I continually strive for excellence, aiming to elevate the quality of both my professional and personal projects. I'm enthusiastic about immersing myself in dynamic environments, surrounded by talented individuals who share my passion for animation.

Thank you for your interest in my work!

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Art DirectionConcept ArtConcept DesignEnvironment DesignIllustration3D Modeling3D VisualizationCharacter DesignVisual DevelopmentDirection

Software proficiency

Unreal Engine
Unreal Engine


  • Senior Character Designer at Blue Zoo Animation Studio
    London, GB
    March 2024 - Present

  • Instructor at The Gnomon Workshop
    Los Angeles, US
    January 2024 - March 2024

    Produced the workshop “2D & 3D Character Design in Blender and Photoshop” - Available now on The Gnomon Workshop Platform.

  • Character Designer at Timeless Films
    London, GB
    October 2023 - Present

  • Director at Able&Baker Studios
    February 2023 - October 2023

    Directing, Storyboarding and Art Directing "The Unseen" Short film for the London-based charity On The Edge.

  • Art Director at Able&Baker Studios
    April 2022 - September 2023

    Art Director on Netflix "Bad Dinosaurs".

    Supervised the creation and development of characters, environments and assets across multiple departments.

    Assisted Modelling and Layout departments with 3D concept models and previs.

  • Freelance Art Director at Method Madness
    March 2022 - Present

    Supervised the in-house team in the development and production of various types of content. From single assets to mixed-media commercials and animated shorts.

  • Instructor at The Gnomon Workshop
    June 2022 - August 2022

    Produced the online lesson "Creating Cinematic Compositions for Production".

    Available on The Gnomon Workshop platform.

  • Art Director at Snafu Pictures
    April 2022 - June 2022

    Developed the visual identity and style of Netflix "Bad Dinosaurs"

  • Visual Development Artist at Red Star 3D
    June 2021 - April 2022

    Worked closely with the Creative Director on IP development and helped production/pre-production departments on various projects with character/prop design, environment design and keyframe paintings

  • Lead Environment Designer at Blue Zoo Animation Studio
    January 2021 - May 2021

    Worked in this role on various projects including BBC’s Christmas TV special “Superworm” in collaboration with Magic Light Pictures.

  • Mid Set Designer at Blue Zoo Animation Studio
    March 2020 - January 2021

    Assisted the Art Director in developing the style and designed locations and props for the Netflix TV show "Big Tree City".

  • Environment Designer at Blue Zoo Animation Studio
    February 2019 - March 2020

    Designer of environments, vehicles and props for the 2D Nickelodeon animated series "It’s Pony".

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