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Mar 6, 2019 10:54 AM 2+ week ago

"This sounds kind of romantic, but from a character perspective, the way I think about it is that I'm not inventing the character, says Dei Gaztelumendi, character lead at Anki. "The character is there, and we are discovering it. We are unearthing it."

Dei Gaztelumendi, a former character designer at Paramount Pictures, has spent the last four years discovering personalities for Anki's friendly companion robots, including Cozmo and Vector. That might seem like a big leap, but Gaztelumendi explains that it was quite a natural progression.

He began his career illustrating children's books before moving into animation, where he later specialized in character design. Anki reached out to him in 2015.

"The first task that they needed help with was trying to figure out Cosmo's eyes," he says. "They were struggling to create appealing eyes and expressions, and that was definitely in my area."

For Gaztelumendi, the biggest difference between working at Paramount and Anki was moving from just focusing on ...

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