Character Design MADE EASY with Anime Studio Pro
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Character Design MADE EASY with Anime Studio Pro

Learn how to take ANY drawing and make it professional using Anime Studio and create ready to rig characters with ease!
4.5 (66 ratings)
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Last updated 8/2015
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Includes:
  • 4.5 hours on-demand video
  • 2 Articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Easily start to learn Anime Studio Pro drawing techniques!
  • Know the ins and outs of Anime Studio Pro's drawing tools!
  • Learn how to bring your own drawings into the software to later be animated and brought to life!
  • Learn how to use the style panel in Anime Studio to bring color and life to your drawings!
  • Know how the organization of layers work in the layers panel to keep everything organized and layered properly on your drawing canvas!
  • Increase your design skills without having to learn "how to draw"
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Requirements
  • Anime Studio (Debut or Pro) any version will work!
  • No serious drawing skills required!
  • Pen and paper to draw on
Description

Character Design MADE EASY with Anime Studio Pro

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What is this course about?

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This course is about those who have no natural drawing ability but want to draw anyway. It is also about turning a sloppy drawing into a refined piece that is ready to rig and subsequently animate.

Drawing for those who lack the natural ability can be a struggle. If you however do have some natural ability when it comes to drawing, this course will translate to you on a different level. Anime Studio Pro makes it as easy as humanly possible to draw what you imagine. The drawing tools are simple but unlike anything else out there. Once you master their tools, it's a matter of playing it smart and using a reference image to achieve the character you want. IT IS THAT SIMPLE.

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What material is included?

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This course like our others is a no fluff, straight to the core, course. In it we dive right in to actually using the tools Anime Studio offers to draw our characters. Each character we draw is free for you to use commercially for any of your projects!

We are constantly drawing in Anime Studio and as a result we will be constantly updating this course. At the moment there are 4 ready to rig characters for you to follow along with and or use. But as you check back we will be updating the course with more and more characters and start building an Anime Studio character design community.

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Why take this course?

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In this course we will walk you through step-by-step how to draw and organize a character ready for animation. We will talk about why Anime Studio Pro works for character animation and demonstrate how we use it as a premiere drawing tool. These lectures are gold for those who have had trouble in the past drawing digitally but even more so as we continue to update, these lectures will give you the experience in character design you have been missing!

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Is this course right for me?

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This course might not be right for you if you are already a well equipped digital artist. But even if you are comfortable at drawing you can still learn how we make ready to rig characters that utilize Anime Studio to its full extent.

I hope you will join us in the ever increasing world of character design!

Who is the target audience?
  • New artists who struggle with fine details because Anime Studio will fix all of your mistakes.
  • Anyone who wants to create ready to rig characters
  • Anyone who wants to learn to take their drawings digitally.
  • Serious artists should NOT take this course because drawing in Anime Studio is probably not what you are after.
  • Anyone who wants to learn how to draw your character from all angles
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 42 Lectures Collapse All 42 Lectures 04:32:35
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Welcome to the course!
3 Lectures 04:00

Let's talk about the course! We will help you build the foundation to help you build your animations!

Preview 00:58

Find out who we are and where come from. What drives us internally and how we are here to help you!

Preview 01:32

In this short lecture Jeremy goes through 'why' use Anime Studio pro!

Why use Anime Studio Pro for character design?

  • With the EASE of the Add points tool, no matter what skill level you are you will be able to make the drawings you have always dreamed of.
Goal of this course:
  • For you to become comfortable using the drawing tools Anime Studio has to offer.
Preview 01:30
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Before we begin...
3 Lectures 05:57

In this lecture we talk about what to look forward to as we continue to add sections and lectures to this course!

Preview 00:16

In this lecture Jeremy walks you through the draw tools in Anime Studio Pro. Each of these have important properties to succeeding with this software. By the end of this lecture you will have fast knowledge of the tools needed to make your creations!

  • The add points tool (Shortcut:A)
  • The Curvature tool (Shortcut: C)
  • Select and create shapes tool (Shortcut: G)
Preview 03:24

In this lecture Jeremy walks you through the different types of layers we will be using with Anime Studio Pro.

The layers we are learning about:

  • Vector layer
  • Image layer
  • Group layer
  • Nested folders
  • Switch layers


Lets learn about layers
02:17

Everything we learned in this section wrapped up into a quiz!

Draw tools and layers
2 questions
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Drawing a monster!
5 Lectures 24:54

In this lecture Jeremy walks you through the two ways of importing reference images in Anime Studio Pro.

What we will be learning:

  • Importing an image using New -> Image Layer
  • Holding down CTRL-> Y to add an Anime Studio Tracing image

Download in this lecture under the 'Resources' tab!

Preview 02:02

In this lecture Jeremy starts drawing our Monster step by step!

You will be using:

  • Start by using the add points tool
  • Learn how to use the curvature tool
  • Start gaining experience with drawing in ASP!

Preview 06:26

In this lecture Jeremy walks you through drawing the arms and hair of our monster!

By the end of this lecture you will have:

  • Continued to draw our monster
  • Learned the style palette
  • Importing our custom color image
Drawing our Monster: Part 2
05:54

In this lecture Jeremy walks you through drawing our facial features and finishing our Monster!

By the end of this lecture you will:

  • Add the simple features that make up the face!
  • Learn how we can draw other poses to supplement our ready to rig character. By making a bunch of small poses with re-usable assets we are able to make several rigs to get the job done.
Drawing our Monster: Part 3
05:05

In this lecture Jeremy gives ideas on how to organize your newly created monster making it ready to rig!

By the end of this lecture:

  • Organized your file for one of many ways to start the thought process on how to organize each layer for rigging.
Organizing our Monster layers
05:27
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Drawing a Lumberjack!
7 Lectures 46:05

In this section we are going draw a rugged lumberjack!

  • Let's start by tracing out a really simple shape for our head
  • Next we will hide the ugly parts with a manly beard
You will be using:
  • The add points tool and curvature tool
  • Select and create shapes tool
Downloads Included:
  • the .anime file for his head
  • the .png sketch of Lumberjack


Drawing the Lumberjack's Head: Part 1
04:27

Let's go ahead and compliment our lumberjacks face with a hat and eyes

We will draw:

  • A cool hat made from two simple shapes
  • Two eyes to finish off the face
You will be using:
  • The add points tool and curvature tool
  • Select and create shapes tool
Drawing the Lumberjack's Head: Part 2
04:15

Let's go ahead and finish up the head by adding a nose and ears for the lumberjack!

We will draw:

  • For the nose we will pick a simple shape and a slightly darker color to contrast the rest of his skin
  • Next we will finish the head up by drawing to simple ears

You will be using:

  • The add points tool and curvature tool
  • Select and create shapes tool
Drawing the Lumberjack's Head: Part 3
03:24

Let's go ahead and draw the lumberjack's arms!

We will draw:

  • With the add point tool two separate shapes
  • One shape will be the bicep area of the arm
  • The other shape will be the forearm, in order to animate the forearm in front of and behind the body, we need to have the arm in two separate shapes

You will be using:

  • The add points tool and curvature tool
  • Select and create shapes tool

Downloads Included:

  • the .anime file for the torso
Drawing the Lumberjack's Torso: Part 1
08:26

In this lecture we are going to draw out one of the most difficult parts of the human body, the HANDS, but fortunately it is a cartoon so it will make that a little easier!

We will draw:

  • A simple, fast, basic hand design for a resting hand position

You will be using:

  • The add points tool and curvature tool
  • Select and create shapes tool
Drawing the Lumberjack's Torso: Part 2
05:15

So now that we got our arms and head let's go ahead and connect it with a torso!

We will draw:

  • With the add points tool simple shapes to create the overalls
  • and last we will top it off with a navy blue and caution colored orange overalls

You will be using:

  • The add points tool and curvature tool
  • Select and create shapes tool

Downloads Included:

  • the .anime file for his overalls
Drawing the Lumberjack's Overalls
08:29

Let's go ahead and finish up the drawing!

We will draw:

  • In his legs and boots
  • Our character and double check everything to make sure we are good to go to start rigging
  • Once everything looks good we start on our next and sometimes challenging part, rigging the character!

You will be using:

  • The add points tool and curvature tool
  • Select and create shapes tool

Downloads Included:

  • the .anime file for the legs
Drawing the Lumberjack's Legs
11:49

These are just some basic questions to see what you learned

What have you learned?
2 questions
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Drawing a wizard!
7 Lectures 57:03

In this section we will draw a FAT WIZARD!

We will draw:

  • Starting off tracing our head and beard
  • After the head is drawn we will hide it with a grey Merlin's beard

You will be using:

  • The add points tool and curvature tool
  • Select and create shapes tool

Downloads included:

  • the .anime file for the head
  • color template
  • the .png image sketch of the wizard


Drawing the Wizard's Head: Part 1
06:19

Now that we got the head let's go ahead and give this wizard a moustache!

We will draw:

  • A simple shape for the moustache

You will be using:

  • The add points tool and curvature tool
  • Select and create shapes tool
Drawing the Wizard's Head: Part 2
06:53

Let's go ahead and top this drawing off with a hat for our wizard! In this lecture you will learn how to mask in Anime Studio

We will draw:

  • A cool wizard star hat using masks!

You will be using:

  • The add points tool and curvature tool
  • Select and create shapes tool
  • Group folder for the mask
Drawing the Wizard's Head: Part 3
10:28

In this lecture I thought I would show you another way to go about drawing out your character!

We will draw:

  • The wizards round magical robe!

You will be using:

  • The add points tool and curvature tool
  • Select and create shapes tool

Downloads included:

the .anime file for the robe

Drawing the Wizard's Robe: Part 1
09:28

Alright now we got the robe drawn let's go ahead and draw out the wizards belt using simple shapes

We will draw:

  • Simple shapes to make up the belt

You will be using:

  • The add points tool and curvature tool
  • Select and create shapes tool

Drawing the Wizard's Robe: Part 2
04:30

Time to draw out some boxers and farmer tanned legs for our fat wizard. Also add some masks for the design of the boxer shorts

We will draw:

  • Simple shapes to make up the legs and add masking

You will be using:

  • The add points tool and curvature tool
  • Select and create shapes tool
  • A group folder for masking

Downloads included:

  • the .anime file for the legs


Drawing the Wizard's Legs
09:31

Last thing to add to finish up the wizard is adding some arms. After we finish that off we will go ahead and start rigging!

We will draw:

  • Simple shapes to make up the arms

You will be using:

  • The add points tool and curvature tool
  • Select and create shapes tool

Downloads included:

  • the .anime file for the arms
  • the final .anime of the wizard!
Drawing the Wizard's Arms
09:54

Let's go over what you know
2 questions
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Character Design
17 Lectures 02:14:36

Before we get started I just want to let you know a little of what to expect from character design, how to design, and where to design!

Downloads included:

  • The .png image of the model sheet
Getting Started
01:49

Now that we have the character, let's go ahead and draw him out at a 3/4 turn

Software used: Sketchbook Pro 7

Drawing the 3/4 view of character in SketchBookPro
06:11

Here we will draw out the front view of the character in using reference lines to match up the character

Software used: Sketchbook Pro 7

Drawing the front view of character in SketchBookPro
05:46

Alright last angle that we will be drawing is the side angle, let's go ahead and draw that out!

Software used: Sketchbook Pro 7

Drawing the side view of the character in SketchBookPro
02:41

Now that we got our character drawn out, let's import him into Anime Studio and start working on the head!

We will draw:

  • The goofy head shape of our monster character

You will be using:

  • The add points tool and curvature tool
  • Select and create shapes tool
Download files included:
  • The .anime file for the 3/4 turn monster



Drawing a 3/4 view of character in Anime Studio: HEAD
10:58

Let's go ahead and give that head a body!

We will draw:

  • The torso of our monster character

You will be using:

  • The add points tool and curvature tool
  • Select and create shapes tool


Drawing a 3/4 view of character in Anime Studio: TORSO
07:13

Can't be a complete torso without the arms, let's go ahead and add those next

Let's go ahead and give that torso some arms!

We will draw:

  • The arms of our monster character

You will be using:

  • The add points tool and curvature tool
  • Select and create shapes tool
Drawing a 3/4 view of character in Anime Studio: ARMS
05:15

Now that the torso is finished up let's go ahead and add the legs

Let's go ahead and add to the arms with some legs!

We will draw:

  • The torso of our monster character

You will be using:

  • The add points tool and curvature tool
  • Select and create shapes tool
Drawing a 3/4 view of character in Anime Studio: LEGS
11:21

Alright time to wrap up this view of our character by adding the hands!

We will draw:

  • The hands of our monster character

You will be using:

  • The add points tool and curvature tool
  • Select and create shapes tool
Drawing a 3/4 view of character in Anime Studio: HANDS
09:26

Now let's get started on drawing the front view of our character in Anime Studio!

We will start with the head!

We will draw:

  • The torso of our monster character

You will be using:

  • The add points tool and curvature tool
  • Select and create shapes tool

Download included!

  • The .anime file for the front view of the monster character


Drawing a front view of character in Anime Studio: HEAD
15:03

This lecture will be a lot quicker and easier, we will build the torso and arms!

We will draw:

  • The torso and arms of our monster character

You will be using:

  • The add points tool and curvature tool
  • Select and create shapes tool
Drawing a front view of character in Anime Studio: TORSO & ARMS
05:01

Let's go ahead and finish up the front view by adding his legs!

We will draw:

  • The torso and arms of our monster character

You will be using:

  • The add points tool and curvature tool
  • Select and create shapes tool
Drawing a front view of character in Anime Studio: Legs
04:08

Let's go ahead and start the view of our character by adding a head!

We will draw:

  • The head side view of our monster character

You will be using:

  • The add points tool and curvature tool
  • Select and create shapes tool

Download included!

  • .anime file for the side view
Drawing a side view of character in Anime Studio: HEAD
07:08

Now that we got the head let's add the Torso & Arms

We will draw:

  • The torso and arms of our monster character

You will be using:

  • The add points tool and curvature tool
  • Select and create shapes tool
Drawing a side view of character in Anime Studio: TORSO & ARMS
09:25

Now let's add some hands!

We will draw:

  • We are now going to work on drawing the arms of our monster character

You will be using:

  • The add points tool and curvature tool
  • Select and create shapes tool
Drawing a side view of character in Anime Studio: HANDS
13:35

Let's go ahead and finish up the side view by adding his legs!

We will draw:

  • The legs to finish up the side view!

You will be using:

  • The add points tool and curvature tool
  • Select and create shapes tool
Drawing a side view of character in Anime Studio: LEGS
05:24

Let's go ahead and finish up the back view!

We will draw:

  • The easiest part, the back view!

You will be using:

  • The add points tool and curvature tool
  • Select and create shapes tool

Download included!

  • the .anime file for the back view of the character

Thank you so much for taking our course!

Back view of Character and Thank you for taking our course!
14:12
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Jeremy Alexander
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Jeremy Alexander is an online entrepreneur with experience in game development, full stack web design and Animation. Since 2015, Jeremy has gathered a following due to his unique teaching style and superior customer support. With his success, he has launched his own rapidly growing YouTube channel, Jerementor!

Why does he do this?

Having made his own website using Geocities in 2004, Jeremy developed a knack for all things computer related. After having freelanced in High School, it wasn’t until college that he realized - traditional education was failing him. He knew how to learn, becoming self-proficient in many programs and languages, but the typical classroom setting never clicked. Then, one hot summer day in June of 2015, it all came together. After deciding not to continue pursuing a BFA in Animation, Jeremy started teaching with his own skills and determination. His number one goal has always been to provide the learning experience he wished he had in a traditional setting. He has succeeded.

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McCoy is an Associate Producer at CLEAVER Creative located in Phoenix, Arizona. McCoy is a talented character animator, character designer, illustrator, storyboard artist and producer. With skills and experience in pre-production and post production he has done training videos for one of Google's biggest clients, Accenture. Along with the skills of animation, one of the biggest things McCoy enjoys most is teaching and helping others become more proficient in the production process.