Characterdesignforbeginners Course

Learn the Basics of Character Design - From Drawing and Design to Digital Illustration Using Procreate on iPad

Last updated 2022-01-10 | 4.4

- Basics of digital illustration
- Come up with your own characters
- Able to set mood with light and shadow

What you'll learn

Basics of digital illustration
Come up with your own characters
Able to set mood with light and shadow
Create powerful silhouettes
Add eye catching features
Use harmonious colors
Create balanced design and great compositions
Process of Character illustration and a Professional approach for creative projects
Color and Composition Thumbnailing

* Requirements

* Have an iPad with Procreate installed on it
* Basic understanding of Procreate


Welcome to the Welcome to the Character Design for Beginners - Create Your First Character class!

Throughout this class I will carefully guide you through a 15 step process which will take you from an empty page to a full illustration like the one you can see on the course image.

In this class you will learn strategies and skills you can apply to your own illustration practice:

- You will be able to come up with your own characters.

- You will be able to create powerful silhouettes.

- You will be able to add eye catching features.

- You will be able to use harmonious colors.

- You will be able to create balanced design and great compositions.

- You will be able to set mood with light and shadow.

and most importantly, you will be able to tell a story.

Because what is illustration about? Storytelling.

In this class, as I am going to use the iPad Pro and Procreate, it is recommended to have these tools and have a basic knowledge of the program, however comment on everything and leave detailed notes so that you can work along with me easily. You can also use different programs, like Photoshop, but then you will need to adjust the steps for yourself.

Regarding the artistic background, this course is perfect for beginners. So if you are at the beginning of your illustration journey, you are at the right place either you are willing to take this as a professional path or if you are taking it as a hobby.

The skills you will learn in this course will open so many doors for you, not just by leveling up your technical skills, but by changing your mindset about approaching a project.

So, hopefully after this course, there will be no stress and unnecessary procrastination about an artwork you need to create for somebody, or for any of your personal projects.

The best thing about this course is that by the end of it, you will be able to create a full illustration like this – how amazing is that!

So if you are ready to start, let’s get into it!

Level up your illustration game TODAY!

Who this course is for:

  • Beginner illustrators who would love to learn digital illustration
  • Beginner illustrators curious about character design
  • Hobbyists looking for a new project
  • Illustrators who are struggling to get work done
  • Artists who don't know what to create
  • Artists who would love to learn the illustration style presented in the course

Course content

3 sections • 24 lectures

A Few Words About The Class Preview 08:45

Resources Preview 00:06

Find Inspiration Preview 08:59

Inspiration Board

Into this assignment please upload the "Find Inspiration" idea board you created!

Create a Mindmap Preview 05:34

Understand Shape Language Preview 04:24

Choose a Shape Preview 08:21

Play With Silhouettes Preview 05:50

Choose a Form Preview 03:00

Define Main Features Preview 10:23

Explore Features Preview 08:30

Character Sketch

Create a definitive sketch about your character!

Colorize Preview 09:57

Compose The Scene Preview 09:46

Intro To The Illustration Part Preview 03:24

Create a Definite Sketch Preview 09:22

Painting the Main Elements - Part 1 - Setup and Body Preview 11:17

Painting the Main Elements Part 2 - Bodyparts and Details Preview 09:53

Painting the Main Elements Part 3 - Grass Preview 05:28

Create a Blurred Background Preview 05:51

Set the Light Preview 05:49

Add Foreground Preview 07:27

Final Illustration

Following the steps of the process, create a full illustration of your character. Create a 3 depth layered illustration - a blurred background, the character in the middle in focus and a bit blurred silhouettes in the front.

Final Thoughts Preview 01:53