Adobe Illustrator Essentials for Character Design

Learn how to turn your paper drawings into beautiful art. Presentable products that you can pitch or sell
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  • Lectures 40
  • Length 2 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 11/2016 English

Course Description

Do you want to learn how to use Adobe Illustrator to Design and Present your characters?

Well, what can I say, you are reading this, and that means that you are interested in learning Adobe Illustrator. It also means that probably you looked for free tutorials on the internet on how to use it, and picked up some tips here and there, but you are looking for an organized course that guides you through this awesome software step by step.

This course is for either character designers or animators who want to learn the basics of this software to use the new set of skills on their projects.

You will learn all the essentials you need to trace images, turn paper drawings into presentable products that you can sell, and everything you need for character design.

If you are a beginner, you will love it, you will go from zero to hero if you follow along practicing the exercises. And if you are a savvy user, then you might as well benefit from some secret gems here and there, missed tools and techniques that you probably knew they existed.

How do I know that? Because of the reviews from early testers, my designer friends who checked this course to give it the thumbs up, who have been using Illustrator for years, and they confessed they didn’t know about 30% of the techniques covered in this course.

You will learn:

  • All the basic interface, and navigations.
  • All the essential panels.
  • Then the drawings tools.
  • What tools to use if you have a Wacom Tablet, or for those who don’t have a drawing tablet, then what tools to use when designing with a mouse.
  • All the basic drawing tools in detail
  • How to create a color palette
  • How to paint your work using the live paint feature
  • How to add shadows and highlights easily

This course has many exercises that you can follow to understand every bit of knowledge.

Enroll today and start developing a new skill that can help you sell your work and get some extra income.

What are the requirements?

  • No prior knowledge is required
  • You need a Laptop or Desktop Computer with Internet connection

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Use Adobe Illustrator to transform your paper drawings into finished products that you can sell
  • You will be able to master techniques to design with a drawing tablet or, achieve the same awesome results with a mouse
  • You will learn to the Overshoot Technique, in which you color your artwork with fine lines and then add shadows easily

What is the target audience?

  • This course is for animators or designers who want to learn how to use Adobe Illustrator to design their characters
  • For beginners or people who don't know how to use Adobe Illustrator
  • Artists who want to learn how to trace their paper drawings into digital form

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction
01:49

This introduction covers what you will learn through out this course

01:18

You will learn how to download adobe illustrator

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In this lesson you will be able to download the project files

04:36

In here you will learn how to set up the work space and save it for easy access and set up.

01:23

In here we cover the new document dialog box and the specs needed for designing characters

04:56

Here you will learn how to move around inside illustrator

01:54

This quick lesson explains the main difference between vectors and pixles

Section 2: Essential Tools and Options
03:04

You will learn the difference between the white arrow tool and the black arrow tool and their purposes

04:36

In here you will learn the functionality of the 2 selection tools and how you can make adjustments to your work

03:37

This lesson explains the 3 basic concepts inside illustrator: Paths, fills and strokes. Fundamental for design

03:03

This lesson explains the different ways in which a line can end, and how to stylize corners

03:39

You will learn how to stylize your lines with variable width

02:55

This lesson talks about how to change the connection between vectors, by making the anchor points sharp or round.

04:17

This lesson explains how to manipulate vectors with bezier handles and ways to change the anchor points. Specially useful knowledge for people without a drawing tablet, who design with a mouse.

04:05

This lesson shows you how to expand strokes, a requirement for advanced techniques that you will learn for tracing your drawings.

04:17

This basic layer panel inside Adobe Illustrator functions differently than in photoshop, so we decided to add a lesson covering the deep understanding of this valuable panel.

04:43

You will learn how to select a layer, and also select the objects inside it

Section 3: Drawing Tools
03:20

This tool, the pencil tool, is recommended only for those with a drawing tablet. This lesson covers how to use it.

03:22

This lesson is for people with a drawing tablet. It covers some basic techniques for correcting your lines easily and quickly

03:40

This lesson is for people who design with a mouse, it covers the best tool for people with no drawing tablet, the pen tool.

04:22

This tool is similar to the pencil tool but with some slight differences. This lesson covers those differences.

01:46

The blob brush tool, although is not used very often, deserves a lesson to explain it in case you need it

02:03

The smooth tool, is what you use to reduce the number of vectors in a path

05:12

This lesson is very straight forward, it explains the text tool, and ways to write text on a path

02:12

Converting texts to a path is a must when you are sharing your designs to people who don't have the same fonts you used in your document. This lesson explains why

Section 4: Painting Tools
03:55

This basic lesson teaches your how to create a color swatch so you can color your work easily.

03:46

This expand appearance is a way to maintain the quality of your lines when you color your work

02:54

Live paint is a feature that lets you use the paint bucket tool on vectors and paths

01:49

This lesson will show you how to convert your colored work into paths, which is required for when you want to add shadow to your work

02:01

This quick lesson teaches you how to recolor your artwork, in case you decide to change the colors

05:12

This lesson explains a technique used to add shadows and highlights easily, using the knife tool

Section 5: Tracing a Character Tutorial
02:45

This introduction covers and overview and explanation of the overshoot technique, in which we apply all that we have learned so far.

03:42

This course is simple, you just learn how to import images, but it also covers how linking images work, and lets you decide if you want to attach images on your file, or just show a reference of it. 

01:55

This lesson shows you how to turn down the opacity of any sketch so you can easily trace over it.

03:32

Once we have the sketch in place, we will trace the image, overshooting the lines to apply the overshoot technique.

05:12

Once you have finished the tracing we will learn how to clean up the lines and leave a clean outline.

03:17

In this lesson we will continue the previous work and paint the character.

03:32

With the character in full color, we will add some shadows and highlights to have it presentable and finish off our artwork.

01:35

In here I will challenge you to keep practicing your skills, by giving you more sketches so you can continue developing your skill.

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This lesson is the bonus lesson. You will learn what you can do with your new skill

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With a background of 10 years in the film industry at Autumn Leave Films, and with over 30 short films produced to this date, we are a group of animators who love to share everything we know about animation, from pre-production, animation, to post production.

Our aim is to equip future animators with all the necessary techniques and tips to help them do better projects. Our courses will help beginners along with intermediate users.

We have helped more than 22,000+ students to discover techniques and all the knowledge they need to start animating their projects.

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