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Character Design - Bring Your Imagination To Life!

Sarita Kolhatkar, Concept Artist & Illustrator

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5 Videos (16m)
    • Introduction & Workspace Prep

    • Lesson 1 - Thumbnails & Ideations

    • Lesson 2 - Detailed Sketch & Lighting

    • Lesson 3 - Black & White Painting

    • Lesson 4 - Final Color Painting

111 students are watching this class

About This Class

Grew up watching Disney movies? Love drawing and storytelling? The objective of this class is teach you the various processes and Photoshop techniques on creating a character from start to finish, following a detailed process from thumbnail concepts to a completed digital illustration with lighting and color, perfect for your portfolio. 

This class is great for anyone with a passion for drawing, painting and a love for Disney Pixar movies, and have often asked themselves, "how do I make my characters look like that?" 

Class Overview ♥

  1. Thumbnails & Ideations | Sketch silhouettes and thumbnails for your character. Think about who your character is, how can you express their persona through form and poses.
  2. Sketch & Lighting | After feedback, pick your favorite thumbnail and create a more detailed drawing. In this stage we will focus on how to create a detailed sketch and adding a light source to your drawing.
  3. Black & White Illustration | Once you've finalized your lighting, take your favorite lighting comp and create a finished black and white illustration. I will also talk about the use of reference images to enhance your work. 
  4. Color & Final Painting  | This stage focuses on creating color comps and turning your B&W illustration in a finished color painting. 

398 of 419 students recommendSee All

A wonderfully fun and creative class on creating your own characters in photoshop. Every step of the process has been described in a totally friendly and easy to follow format. I highly recommend this class ;-)
Robin Slee

Let your inner artist out!

I don't like not's cute and you can definitely take some ideas here and there, but I cannot say I left so enriched and enthusiastic to apply what I learned. The artist is definitely talented, but I would have wanted [expected] more on the conception part of the character, not just the drawing. I think it's too fast moving through the info for beginners and to little new / specific to the author information or technique for the 'not beginners' let's say. Still, I did enjoy watching her draw, the character was cute and I did take some ideas that I will probably try out :) Thanks
Emanuela Dadarlat

IMA | Designer | Founder or ART'EM





Sarita Kolhatkar

Concept Artist & Illustrator

Sarita has a BFA in Animation and Illustration, and over 4 years experience in the game industry. For the past year she has worked as a Lead Concept Artist for Canadian indie game studio, Imaginary Games in Vancouver. Her game experience also includes triple-A titles like Guild Wars 2 and mobile games like Afterland and Spooky Treats.

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