Anime Academy: Characters and Illustrations
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Anime Academy: Characters and Illustrations

Learn Anatomy, Design, Illustrations, and more!
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4.7 (502 ratings)
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21,007 students enrolled
Created by Christina Wu
Last updated 6/2020
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Current price: $125.99 Original price: $179.99 Discount: 30% off
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This course includes
  • 42.5 hours on-demand video
  • 149 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • How to draw male and female anime bodies
  • How to draw body parts (head, hands, feet, hair, eyes, etc)
  • How to do lineart
  • How to draw environments
  • How to create your own style
  • How to make illustrations
Requirements
  • Just have fun learning and drawing :)
  • Photoshop
  • Drawing tablet (Wacom or other brands)
Description

Anime Academy: Characters and Illustrations is your go-to for designing your own anime characters as well as creating illustrations. This course will take you from not knowing how to draw anime, to learning how to draw everything from bodies to anime character design. 

So what else is in it for you?


You’ll be designing 3 main projects in this course that will take you from basic shapes to creating your own characters and illustrations!

You’ll gain access to all 19 sections of the course.

This course is set up to help you step by step with understanding the basics of shapes and forms to anime bodies, as well as walking through design. You will also be walking through the illustration processes such as thumbnails, refinement, and finishing touches.


Don’t believe me? I offer you a full money back guarantee within the first 30 days of purchasing the course.


Here’s what’s in it for you:

You’ll get access to all sections of the course that will teach you the fundamentals of character design that is backed up through anatomy, facial features, clothes, etc. The course has over 30 hours of content that I will walk you through each step of the way.

Here is what to expect in this course:

* The course starts with the basics. I will be teaching you the basics about drawing basic shapes such as cylinders, boxes, and circles. You will also learn the basics of line quality in drawing and sketching to get you started.

* Next, after learning the basic shapes, you will learn how to draw basic male and female bodies starting from gestures to building the body in simple boxes and shapes. You will also be taught the main muscle groups.  

* Once you've learned the basics of anatomy, you will learn how to draw facial features of both genders such as eyes, noses, hair, ears, and mouths. You will be learning a few types of each.

* Then you are going to learn how to draw expressions ranging from happy to angry 6 different ways for each gender.

* From then, you will move onto the basics of hair ranging from straight to wavy. You will also learn about hair movement for each style.

* After hair, I will be going in depth with how to draw hands and feet. Keep in mind these are more realistic, and these will help with learning how to stylize them as well as know the underlying structure underneath.

* I will then, be teaching you how to draw basic clothes for both male and female, and then continue with accessories ranging from jewelry to shoes.

* After basic accessories, you will be learning how to draw in different poses that are standard to dynamic. This will be important for creating illustrations.

* Once you’ve learned how to draw poses, you will learn about line work, coloring using cell shading, as well as how to draw in different styles such as shojo, shonen, as well as chibi.

* From then on, you will be starting your first project which is creating a character from scratch. You will be seeing my design process, and feel free to make your own as you watch or copy what I do step by step.

* And finally, for the last two sections, you will be creating illustrations from scratch using the characters you created. You will be doing a portrait illustration as well as a dynamic one that you can express poses in.


Over the course of these 9 sections you will learn:

* How to draw basic shapes

* How to draw and understand anatomy of the body

* How to draw eyes and facial features, as well as hair

* How to draw poses and putting clothes on top

* How to color hair and eyes

* The basics of dynamic/standard poses

* How to draw styles such as shojo, chibi, and shonen

* How to make an original style

* Using reference to create an original character

* How to design an original character

* How to light basic shapes

* Learning the steps to creating an illustration

* How to make a standard and dynamic illustrations


What else will you get?

- Lifetime access to course materials

- Understanding how to create unique character designs

- Downloadable resources for each lecture

This all comes under one convenient easy to use platform. Plus you will get fast, friendly, responsive support on the Udemy Q&A section of the course or direct message.


So what are you waiting for? Sign up now and start creating your anime characters and illustrations!

Who this course is for:
  • Beginner artists who want to draw anime
  • Beginner artists who want to learn more about perspective
  • Beginner artists who want to make their work look more professional
Course content
Expand all 118 lectures 42:30:32
+ Introduction
5 lectures 01:03:28

Hello! Welcome to the course. I am excited to be your instructor and I hope that this course will be very helpful for you! :D

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Preview 01:16

In this lecture, I will be going through what you need throughout this course :)

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Preview 02:10

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Preview 02:08

In this video, you will be coloring a chibi that I drew with me! It is a lengthy video, as I will be walking you step by step for this piece, so take a break if you need to :D Feel free to use any color you like, or using the color palette I provided. The template is provided in the downloadable resources as well as brushes you will need for the course!

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Preview 50:56

This is a brief overview of the tools that I use during this course :)

Photoshop Basics
06:58
+ Basic Fundamentals: Shapes
4 lectures 53:33
How to Draw Circles
06:21

In this video I will be teaching you how to draw smoother lines. To try it out, you can line out the sketch provided in the downloads and also look at the finished example as a guide!

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Lineweight (static and dynamic)
08:49
+ How to Draw Anime Bodies (Male and Female)
12 lectures 04:07:42

This video will talk about the breakdown of the body in the skeletal form, as well as talking about the 8 heads method

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Body Proportions
13:46

This is a continuation of the previous video. In this video, I will be building the body in simple shapes.

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Body Proportions Part 2
20:14

In this video, I will be teaching you how to draw gestures for women, feel free to use the references I use or draw your own.

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Preview 33:50

In this video, I will be teaching you how to draw gestures for men, feel free to use the references I use or draw your own.

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How to Draw Gestures (Male)
20:14

This video is a quick exercise you guys can do for warming up to understand form better. I recommend you do multiple pages of the exercise to improve on understanding forms :) Down in the resources are tips such as how to locate the pelvis and compression vs stretch of the ribcage and pelvis.

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Tips to Draw better Form
05:38

In this video, we will be drawing boxes in gestures we did in the previous video

Putting in Boxes
17:58

We will be using the boxed models and putting smoother forms such as cylinders to prepare for the muscle phase!

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Adding Form
11:55

This video talks about simplified female muscles. For further info, take a look at the muscle sheet provided! Take note that this isn't a full anatomy science book, it is a simplified version of the muscle that we normally see :)

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Muscle Groups (female)
18:32

This video talks about simplified male muscles. For further info, take a look at the muscle sheet provided! Take note that this isn't a full anatomy science book, it is a simplified version of the muscle that we normally see :)

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Muscle Groups (male)
17:39

In this video, I simplify how to draw hands into boxes and cylinders. Hands are hard to draw, so no worries if it looks bad :) keep trying!

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Basics of Hands
42:12
Basics of Feet
24:56

In this video, I will talk about head heights and how it can affect proportions. Feel free to give it shot with the template in the downloadable resources!

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Different Body Types (ft Mia)
20:48
+ How to draw Faces
7 lectures 01:47:40

This video is about drawing the base of the head for both female and males :) After this section, I will be using what I drew as templates, and I highly encourage you to do so too!

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How to Draw the Head
04:21

This video will teach you how to draw 3 types of girl's eyes and putting them on the head you drew!
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How to Draw eyes for Girls
23:23

This video will teach you how to draw 3 types of men's eyes and putting them on the head you drew for the male

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How to Draw eyes for Guys
13:58

This video goes through the measurements and placement of facial features as well as how to draw different types of noses and mouths.

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How to Draw the Nose and Mouth
09:34

In this video, I will teach you how to draw ears for a girl and boy, as well for a bonus, elf ears.

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How to Draw Ears
14:44

In this video, I will go over how to draw the female head in front, side, and 3/4 view.

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How to Draw the Head in Different Views (female)
22:47

In this video, I will go over how to draw the male head in front, side, and 3/4 view.

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How to Draw the Head in Different Views (male)
18:53
+ Expressions!
6 lectures 01:39:13

In this video we will be doing 6 types of happy expressions for girls! I used the head I drew in the previous section as a base, feel free do use what you have drawn!

Tips when drawing expressions: Have a story behind the expression you want to make, or even do the expression yourself xD

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Happy (female)
26:13

In this video we will be doing 6 types of happy expressions for guys!

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Happy (male)
15:38

In this video we will be doing 6 types of sad expressions for girls!

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Sad (female)
18:55

In this video we will be doing 6 types of sad expressions for guys!

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Sad (male)
13:02

In this video we will be doing 6 types of angry expressions for girls!

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Angry (female)
12:56

In the last video for this section we will be doing 6 types of angry expressions for guys!

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Angry (male)
12:29
+ How to Draw Hair for Girls
5 lectures 01:11:43

In this video I will teach you how to draw straight hair for girls. You can try however length you like :D and feel free to use your drawings as templates!

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Straight hair
10:32

In this video I will teach you how to draw curly hair for girls. Curly hair is challenging, but remember to draw loosely and block it in! Remember: No outlines!

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Curly Hair
11:48

In this video I will teach you how to draw wavy hair for girls. Remember to keep the waves varied, and the curls not too tight.

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Wavy hair
09:49

In this video I will teach you how to draw hair movement. I will be going through all types as mentioned and draw the hair as if there's wind blowing towards or behind them!

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Hair Movement
13:54

In this video I will teach you how to draw ponytails, pigtails, as well as fancy curls!

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How to style Hair
25:40
+ How to Draw Hair for Guys
5 lectures 46:47

In this video I will be drawing straight hair for guys! It is similar to the straight hair for girls, and once again, feel free to use what you have drawn as templates!

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Straight hair
07:00

I will be drawing curly hair for guys. Remember to keep the curls small, as his hair is short, but don't scribble, think through the curls carefully.

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Curly Hair
07:14

In this video I will cover how to draw wavy hair for guys. Keep in mind as the hair is much shorter, you won't be drawing as much waviness, but keeping the strands slightly curled gives it a wavy look!

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Wavy hair
08:07

In this video I will be doing an extra style which is spiky hair and how to do it properly!

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Spiky Hair
09:21

In this video I will teach you how to draw hair movement. I will be going through all types as mentioned and draw the hair as if there's wind blowing towards or behind them!

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Hair movement
15:05
+ How to Draw Hands and Feet
8 lectures 03:43:46

In this video, I will show you how to draw common hand poses for girls. Feel free to draw with me or collect your own reference to draw on! If you need help, please show me what you have and I can draw over it to help you guys out!

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Common Hand Poses for Girls
23:01

Continuation of the previous video~

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Common Hand Poses for Girls Part 2
29:38

n this video, I will show you how to draw common hand poses for guys. Keep in mind that male hands have a different structure (ex: bonier and more muscular) than girls, and drawing those key details marks the spot for distinguishing between the genders!

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Common Hand Poses for Guys
34:43

Continuation of the previous video~

Common Hand Poses for Guys Part 2
42:08

In this video I will be drawing common feet poses for girls. These are mainly in standing position, but one of them is more cutesy!

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Common Feet Poses for Girls
41:48

This is a continuation of the previous video!

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Common Feet Poses for Girls Part 2
17:46

In this video I will be drawing common feet poses for guys. Keep in mind these are more muscular than female feet, so drawing bones and veins as well can make it more masculine

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Common Feet Poses for Guys
16:17

Final part!

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Common Feet Poses for Guys Part 2
18:25
+ How to Draw Basic Clothes
7 lectures 02:27:22

In this video, we are going to be combining everything we learned to draw bodies to use as mannequins!

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Drawing Mannequins (Girls)
25:29

In this video I will be drawing a male mannequin. I did a more muscular version in this video but I added another on in the basic male clothes video!

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Drawing Mannequins (Guys)
26:07

Folds are always important when drawing clothes! In this video, I will go through an exercise using simple shapes that I encourage you to do. I will be covering loose vs tight folds.

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Basics of Folds
33:33

This is a continuation of the previous video~ I put simple clothes on photos so that you can understand how the folds work. Feel free to do it yourself!

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Basics of Folds Part 2
15:37

In this video I will be drawing a basic shirt and skirt on one mannequin, and a more sexy look on the other. We will be using the folds that we practiced drawing to make these outfits!

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How to Draw Basic Clothes for Girls
13:39

This is a mini lesson on how to draw ruffles in case anyone is interested in drawing frilly things.

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How to Draw Ruffles
09:42

In this video, I will be drawing basic clothes for guys which include a tight shirt with sweatpants, and a sweater with jeans. I added a new mannequin to show the difference between muscular and lean male bodies!

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How to Draw Basic Clothes for Guys
23:15
+ How to Draw Accessories
5 lectures 01:30:54

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Hair Accessories: Headbands, Ribbons, Hats, etc
27:52

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Jewelry: Bracelets, Necklaces, Earrings
11:19

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Belts, Buckles and Watches
13:15

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Belts, Buckles, and Watches Part 2
12:15

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Shoes
26:13