Character Design for Beginners
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Character Design for Beginners

Design Characters for Games, Comics and illustration.
4.6 (447 ratings)
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6,268 students enrolled
Created by Rich Graysonn
Last updated 12/2019
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This course includes
  • 18.5 hours on-demand video
  • 4 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Generate ideas for Characters
  • Quickly create thumbnails
  • Learn methods to refine designs
  • Create Turnarounds for presentation
  • Learn to design Scifi Armor
  • Learn to design Fantasy Armor
  • Learn to draw wrinkles and folds in clothing
  • Have a consistent workflow that will produce results in character design
Requirements
  • There needs to be some artistic ability of anyone taking this course.
  • Basic knowledge of create figures is helpful but not necessary
  • At some point you will need to have access to some art software.
  • A drawing tablet is very helpful at some point you need one.
  • You cannot draw with a mouse.
Description

UPDATES: October 2018 : New section on basic figure drawing and more videos uploaded weekly.


If you have even wanted to create cool characters, evil villains then look no further.

If you have ever stared at a blank page wondering what to draw then this is the course for you.


This is the course for those of you that want to learn concept character design. This is not another “watch me draw” tutorial that does not help you  learn the process of character concept design. If you want to make games or comics or manga then you will need to learn how to design characters.  

  • This is the course that you need if you want to learn to create characters for video games and comics and animation. This is not an illustration course although you will be drawing a lot.

  • If you are ready to learn a process and workflow for designing  characters, then you can’t afford to pass up this course.

  • When you are finished with this course you will not only have a solid workflow and new skills , you will have the confidence to get things done.

  • Rather than trying to sell you, just take a look at what the course has to offer. I’m sure you will see the time and care that was taken to create this course for you. 

Who this course is for:
  • This course is for any artist who wants to learn Character concept design
  • This course is also for any Graphic designer who wants to learn to create characters
  • This course is for anyone who is coming back to art after time away and wants to make characters
  • Any artist who wants to make their own game characters
  • Anyone with the desire to create their own comic book or graphic novel or manga characters
  • This is NOT for any artist or person looking for a quick tutorial. This is a concise course.
  • This is NOT for anyone that does not like to draw. You will be drawing a lot in this course.
  • This NOT an Anatomy course
Course content
Expand all 105 lectures 18:22:49
+ Introduction to Character concept Design
2 lectures 16:12

This is an Introduction.

Preview 09:05
Getting the Most out of this Course
07:07
+ Before you Draw
7 lectures 01:06:00

Is this for a Game or a comic? What is the setting? Is it fantasy or Sci Fi?  In this lecture I will get you to know exactly the what and why you are drawing these characters for.

Preview 13:31

In this section I will show you how to make a mind map to generate character ideas. It's easy and fun and is the first step to taking the pressure off of you so you can just design at the very height of your creativity. 

Brainstorming using a mindmap
11:26

We will refine the ideas and narrow down who the character is. You may already have a great idea for your main characters so I would suggest that you do this process for a secondary character or make a brand new one. 

refining the ideas
11:21

Use the character sheet provided in the section to finalize your character.

Using the Character Sheet.
05:32

The turnaround is an important part of knowing your character from front to back, literally. I will show you how to create a turnaround .

Turnaround
05:02

The colors you character wears can say volumes about their personality and  alignment. Do not overlook this part of your design.

Color Thoery/Meaning and Character
18:11

This is the assignment to end this section and see how far you have come. Good luck.

Assignment 1
00:57
+ Using and Understanding Basic Shapes in Design
5 lectures 29:48

Drawing a villain? Circle may not be you first choice. I will show you some of the characteristics to keep in mind. 

The Circle
09:01

The Square is a common used shape for a strong and steady character. This lecture will explore that. 

The Square
06:20

Almost always associated with the dark side. Let explore the triangle.

The Triangle
05:50

Sometimes shapes can be used as "language". They do not have to be traditional but can be a hybrid of shapes and even more organic to get the feel of a character.  

Abstract Shapes
06:33

This is the assignment to end this section and see how far you have come. Good luck.

Assignment 2
02:04
+ Archetypes
8 lectures 59:54

In this we will discuss the different traits of the Heroic male character.

Protagonist Male
10:43

The heroic female is slightly different form her male counterpart. That difference can be vast or very slight. 

Protagonist Female
09:15

A male villain can be a very broad category. So in this I will discuss some of the attributes to keep in mind when designing you villain.  

Antagonist Male
08:30

Villain femle characters operate on a different level that males do. In this lecture I will give you some things to thing about. 

Antagonist Female
09:00

The mentor is a very popular character in countless stories. He or She is the guide and teacher usually someone older. 

Mentor
04:35

Not every story has a sidekick. If you dont want your hero to go it alone then having that other person can be a welcome edition to your story.  

Sidekick
05:41

All good villians should have them. they come in all shapes and sizes. Ill show you how to create your own.  

Henchmen
06:55

This is the assignment to end this section and see how far you have come. Good luck.

Assignment 3
05:15
+ Thumbnailing
7 lectures 01:17:17

You will learn what is a thumbnail and its function in your design pipeline.

Preview 06:55

You will have an overview of the most common approaches to thumb nailing. 

Styles to Use
04:51

I will show you a linear approach.

Using Lines to thumbnail
15:21

Here we will discuss using a silhouette. 

Starting with a Silhouette
14:15

I will demonstrate a more painterly approach.

Painterly approach
14:09

I show you how to use the symmetry tools in Sketch book pro and Manga studio.

Symmetry Tool for Thumbnailing
15:56

This is the assignment to end this section and see how far you have come. Good luck.

Assignment 4
05:50
+ How to Use Reference
4 lectures 28:47

Places to go and some useful tools to gather reference. 

How to Gather reference
05:14

Some tips on organizing your images.

Where to keep and organize your reference.
04:29

This is a very important concept. You will learn to understand what you are referencing without copying. 

Understanding vs. Copying
17:03

This is the assignment to end this section and see how far you have come. Good luck.

Assignment 5
02:01
+ Refining Your Thumbnails
6 lectures 01:17:53

This is an overview and introduction to just what it means to refine or "tighten" the thumbnails you create.

Intro to Refining your Thumbnails
06:11

If you are using silhouettes as your base, this is one of the many ways you can add detail to make something workable. Part one of three.   

Refining Silhouette Thumbnails part One
19:19

Part two of three.

Refining Silhouette Thumbnails part Two
18:35

Part three of three.

Refining Silhouette Thumbnails part Three
12:00

If using lines is how you create thumbnails then I will show you a process on how to tighten thumbnails until you get a workable design. 

Refining Linear Thumbnails
20:40

This is the assignment to end this section and see how far you have come. Good luck.

Assignment 6
01:08
+ Turnarounds
8 lectures 01:17:51

Turnarounds can be presented in many different ways. In this section you will learn the basics. 

Introduction to Turnarounds
15:29

For those who prefer traditional media. 

Traditional Turnaround 1
09:33

For those who prefer traditional media part 2.

Traditional Turnaround 2
11:39

Working digital . The initial sketch.

Digital Turnaround Sketch
14:46

Working digital . We will ink. 

Digital Turnaround Inks
10:15

Adding color.

Digital Turnaround Color
09:55

Time to use a different technique. See if you enjoy it. 

Digital Turnaround 3D model
03:39

This is the assignment to end this section and see how far you have come. Good luck.

Assignment 7
02:35
+ Background players NPC's
3 lectures 28:51

Sho by the time you get here you will have a few rejected thumbnails. In this section I will show you how to leverage them.

Start with what you have
10:39

Time to use some reference to jot down some quick ideas.


Look at time Periods
05:49

More than just background noise and crowds. NPC's have jobs . I will show you how to build a library of them using what you already know.

Give them Jobs
12:23
+ How to Draw Wrinkles and Folds
6 lectures 01:03:53

Ill go over some techniques in drawing wrinkles. Very Important in drawing clothing.

Drawing Wrinkles Intro
01:14

The basics of the fold. 

Simple Fold
17:44

Not all material is the same. I will give you some pointers on drawing a few different materials.

Drop Fold
07:05

A demonstration of the diaper or cape fold.

"Diaper" fold
11:37

The basics of the spiral fold.

Spiral Fold
18:16

The Basics on the Z or Zigzag fold.

Zig Zag Fold
07:57