Character Design For Animation in Illustrator

Design Memorable Character With a Strong Personality and Learn How to Prepare them for Animation
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  • Lectures 33
  • Length 2 hours
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 11/2016 English

Course Description

You have an idea that you want to turn into animation, and now you want to create the characters that will move the story.

How do they look? Are they friendly? Aggressive? Stubborn?

You decide your character should look friendly, great! You draw what you have in your mind and you feel proud. Good for you. But what if what you designed gets criticized and people say “With that smile, it looks naughty, not friendly”.

Why? How can you make your characters communicate the personality you intent for them?

This is where this course will help.

In here you will learn the theory behind character psychology, how to make characters with a soul, with personality.

And not only that, but you will also learn how to communicate all those feelings and emotions through your designs.

You will learn how to establish different attitudes by using different shapes, you will understand the meaning of having round features, or pointy features.

And then, after you know the theory, we will practice the whole process of putting the character you have in your mind into paper, by first establishing a strong pose that communicates your character’s personality.

You will learn:

  • How to create memorable characters
  • The Theory behind character psychology
  • 4 Basic areas of personality that will make your character outstand all others
  • How to define attitude
  • The basics of concept art
  • Understand shapes and meaning

And then, once you have a memorable character with a strong personality, drawn on paper or on digital, what can you do with it?

Well, because this course was created with animators in mind, we added a whole section covering how to prepare your character in illustrator and make it ready for animation.

You will learn about the different angles needed to have what you need for your character, the importance of using a storyboard, and how to trace each part of the body so you have the character well connected and ready to be rigged in After Effects, or any other animation software you want.

We will dive deep, step by step in a tutorial that will guide you how to ensemble the Character Brad, part by part.

Learn how to design your characters and prepare them for animation.

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What are the requirements?

  • You need to know how to use Adobe Illustrator

What am I going to get from this course?

  • You will be able to express personality with your characters, using poses with a strong line of action
  • And you will be able to prepare your designs to be rigged in an animation software for cut out animation

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is for people interested in animation, who want to design characters and prepare them for animation

What you get with this course?

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

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Lifetime access.

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Desktop, iOS and Android.

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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction
Welcome To This Course

This introduction talks about an overview of the course, and also how is it that some successful people are making a living out of this craft


This lesson provides the project files for you to follow along


This lesson explains the secrets discovered in the 1930s by Walt Disney to make character memorable

Section 2: Character Psychology

This lesson talks about the how to develop the psychology for your characters


This is the second area of your characters personality, to decide if it’s a Sensing or an Intuitive character.


This is the 3rd area of personality, to decide if your character is a Thinker or a Feeler.


This is the final and 4th area of personality. To decide how organized is your character, if it's a Judger or a Perceiver


This lesson talks about defining the attitude of your character

Section 3: Concept Art for Character Design

This section talks about the different shapes and features that make a character interesting, and also how to have the correct shapes for the correct personality of your character.


This covers the different elements that influence the body of your character, the different body types.


This is a little tutorial that takes you through the 4 steps of the character design process.

Section 4: Explanation of a Character for Rigging

This lesson presents you what you will be accomplishing after you finish the following tutorials


This lesson goes deeper to help you understand how each part of the body is connected and used in illustrator


This explains the different views of your character, frontal, side, 45, etc.


This lesson answers the question many animators have when the are about to start a project: How much work will it take to produce this animation?


This lesson was added specifically to tackle the number one problem in many of our students animations, the way the parts of the body are connected by joints.


This lesson wraps up this section and explains the process we will follow in the upcoming tutorials

Section 5: Tracing the Character

This tutorial is the first of the section and tells you how to set up the image you are about to trace into different layers.


This lesson covers how to trace the head and neck


This lesson covers how to trace the upper torso


This lesson covers how to trace the lower torso


This lesson covers how to trace the hips


This lesson covers how to trace the arms


This lesson covers how to trace the legs

Section 6: Setting Up for Replacement Animation

This lesson will help you understand the importance of having multiple versions of the hands, or mouth, so you can do replacement animation


This lesson covers how to trace the hands


This lesson covers how to trace feet


This lesson covers how to trace mouths


This lesson covers how to trace eyes


This lesson covers how to trace eyebrows and nose


This lesson covers how export the character so you can use it inside an animation software.


This is the bonus lesson, it will show you what can you do with your new acquired skill

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Instructor Biography

2D Animation 101 Courses, Animation Courses for Beginners

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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