How to Create Vector Characters in Illustrator or Photoshop
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How to Create Vector Characters in Illustrator or Photoshop

A perfect video guide to drawing each element step by step.
3.8 (4 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
94 students enrolled
Created by Bryant Dodd
Last updated 3/2015
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What Will I Learn?
  • Create the shape of the characters head
  • Create the eyes
  • Create the mouth and nose and ears
  • How to create the clothes and shoes
  • Create legs and arms and hands
  • Come up with your own style of characters
  • Create unique styles of characters fast when needed
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  • Have Adobe Illustrator or compatable software
  • Have Adobe Photoshop or like software
  • Any software that has the pen tool and shape tools can be used

Learn how to create professional vector characters in no time at all. This course is designed for both the beginner and advanced users of Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. The course starts off by showing you the basics of using the pen tool and how to use the points for the right direction of the paths. You also learn how to use the basic shapes to form the head, eyes, hands, and use the pen tool for the clothes, mouth, nose and other elements.

You will learn to cut the workflow in half by duplicating certain areas of the character and flip those parts to make a complete dress and more. The duplication process will allow you to create two arms and legs from one drawing. I have made the creation process as easy as possible without giving beginners and confusion on what to draw or create.

Once you take this course and learn how to create characters, you van use the same lessons and techniques to create both male and female characters and design them for clients if you wish. Once you learn these techniques you can do what you desire with the new skills to make money designing for others.

After you take this course you will be able to create and design any type of vector character that your imagination can think of. The principles you will learn can be applied to any type of vector character, the only limitations will be your imagination. Once you learn to draw any eye, mouth, or nose, the process will always be the same except for adding a different shape for each element to make it look different.

You can use this course with either Adobe Illustrator, or PhotoShop since we will be using the pen tool and basic shape tools. Get started now and learn the most popular thing to design on todays industry - Characters.

I have added special modules that will help you create characters faster when demand calls for it, and you can use your skills from this course to make extra money online. HURRY BEFORE I RAISE THE PRICE.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone that wants to learn to design vector characters
  • Anyone who wants to earn extra money designing characters
  • If you have no desire to create vector characters, then this is not for you
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Curriculum For This Course
15 Lectures
How to Use The Pen Tool Basics
1 Lecture 12:57

Learn the basics of using the pen tool, all you need to know for this course.

Preview 12:57
Creating the Face and Head - Download AI File
3 Lectures 43:37

Learn to use basic shapes to form the head, very simple process.

Designing The Head Part1

We will continue to draw the face and other elements that make up the face and head.

Designing Face and Head Part2

Finalizing the elements of the head and face.

Designing Face and Head Part3

See how much you learned by answering true or false.

Head and Face
2 questions
Creating the Neck and Dress
1 Lecture 09:55

Learn where to place the neck and how to draw half of the dress and reflect it to make a whole dress.

Drawing in The Neck and Dress
Drawing in the Arms and Hands
2 Lectures 27:13

Learn to draw in the arms and place them in different angles.

How to Create The Arms

Learn to use the rounded rectangle tool and oval for the hands and fingers.

Create the Hands with Basic Shapes

What should you do with layers?

Layers Quiz
1 question
Adding the Legs and Shoes
2 Lectures 23:11

Learn to draw the legs and duplicate one to make the other leg.

Creating the Legs

Learn the quick and simple way to create dress shoes

Creating the Shoes
Extra Training on Creating Tennis Shoes - Download AI File
1 Lecture 19:14

Draw tennis shoes with this simple technique.

Creating Tennis Shoes
Bonus Modules
4 Lectures 50:43

Introduction to using photo's to create new styles of vector characters.Download the zip file in Resources for later use.


This video explains how we use the photo to trace the face, starting with the head to construct our character.

Tracing The Head Using The Pen Tool

This video will show you how to block, or color in the face, mouth, eyes, and choose the colors for your character face.

Coloring in The Face and Features and Choosing Your Colors

This video shows you the process of tracing the hair and even coming up with your own style, and finishing up the face.

Creating The Hair and Finishing Up
Where to Get Photo's and Your Homework Assignment.
1 Lecture 10:00

This video will show you places to get stock photo's to use and then remind you to do your homework. Post your work when finished. I would love to see it.

Where to Get Photo's - Your Homework Assignment
About the Instructor
Bryant Dodd
3.4 Average rating
28 Reviews
793 Students
5 Courses
Graphic and Drawing Artist

I am a trained graphic design artist and a self taught drawing artist. I have been drawing with graphite, pastels, and digital medium for a very long time now. I draw and paint using Photoshop, Art Rage, and many other painting software. Drawing and painting is my passion and taking this talent digital has been great, I have decided to teach others to draw, especially beginners. If you already know how to draw and paint, you can still learn new ideas and techniques from me.

I graduated from graphic design school in 2013 and this is what sparked my interest to pursue drawing in digital format. I draw just about anything but my expertise is drawing and painting landscapes, such as trees, water, rocks, mountains, and anything else related. I have taught many people on how to draw via YouTube and selling courses from my own website in the past.

Besides my graphic design diploma, I have years of experience in drawing using the traditional mediums, I believe that practice makes perfect. My teachings are broken down so you can learn one element at a time, such as spending time on just trees, and moving on to other landscape elements.

Another way that I have always worked hard in gaining more experience as an artist is carrying a pencil and sketch book with me every where I go. The bulk of my experience comes from drawing constantly when not doing other activities. I draw if I am in the waiting room of the Dr. office and anytime I feel that I am being idle. I can take my experience and show you how to draw better than you thought was possible.