Adobe Illustrator Essentials for Character Design
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Adobe Illustrator Essentials for Character Design

Learn how to turn your paper drawings into beautiful art. Presentable products that you can pitch or sell
4.3 (806 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
11,591 students enrolled
Last updated 9/2018
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This course includes
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 1 article
  • 1 downloadable resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • 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
  • No prior knowledge is required
  • You need a Laptop or Desktop Computer with Internet connection

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.

Who this course is for:
  • 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
Course content
Expand all 40 lectures 02:07:53
+ Introduction
7 lectures 16:15

This introduction covers what you will learn through out this course

Preview 01:49

You will learn how to download adobe illustrator

Preview 01:18

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

Download Project Files

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

Preview 04:36

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

Preview 01:23

Here you will learn how to move around inside illustrator

Preview 04:56

This quick lesson explains the main difference between vectors and pixles

Difference Between Vectors and Pixels
+ Essential Tools and Options
10 lectures 38:16

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

Selection Tools

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

Transforming Shapes With The Selection Tools

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

Paths, Fills and Strokes

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

Stroke Caps and Corners

You will learn how to stylize your lines with variable width

Variable Stroke Width

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

Anchor Points

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.

Bezier Handles and Anchors

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

Expanded Strokes

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.

Layers Panel

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

Layer Contents and Groups
+ Drawing Tools
8 lectures 25:57

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

The Pencil Tool

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

Modifying a Line with the Pencil Tool

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

The Pen Tool

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

The PaintBrush Tool

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

The Blob Brush Tool

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

The Smooth Tool

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

Text Tool

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

Convert Text to Path or Vector
+ Painting Tools
6 lectures 19:37

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

Creating a Color Palette

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

Expand Appearance

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

Live Paint

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

Convert Live Paint into Paths

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

Recolor Artwork

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

Adding Shadows with the Knife Tool
+ Tracing a Character Tutorial
9 lectures 27:48

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

Introduction to Tracing a Character Tutorial

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. 

Importing Images

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

Prepare Image for Tracing

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

Outlining a Character

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

Cleaning The Lines

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

Coloring the Character

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

Shading the Character - Adding shadow and Highlights

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


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

BONUS LESSON: "What's Next?"