Character Illustration: From Concept to Final Artwork

Matt Kaufenberg, Freelance Illustrator

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6 Videos (2h 5m)
    • Welcome to the Class

    • Sketching Your Character

    • Working in Illustrator

    • Rendering in Photoshop, Part 1

    • Rendering in Photoshop, Part 2

    • Color Adjustments and Texture


About This Class

This class will teach you how to illustrate using shapes and color to define form, rather than inked outlines.


In this class I'll be taking you through my process of illustrating a character, starting with the concept, then moving into Illustrator to create the shapes, and finally, rendering it in Photoshop. I'll also talk briefly about texture and color adjustments.

What You'll Learn

  • Finding Inspiration. We'll discuss sources of inspiration and identify a project we're passionate about.
  • Character Concepts. We'll sketch out the initial idea of your character.
  • Building the Foundation in Illustrator.  The shape tool will help you build a foundation for your character.
  • Rendering in Photoshop. You'll use masks in Photoshop to render a detailed version of your character. 
  • Color Adjustment and Texture. You'll use color adjustment and texture tools to fine tune your project.


What You'll Make

This class is perfect for the beginning artist, or even a professional one who's looking to learn a new style. Once the class is done, you'll have a fully illustrated pirate, (or other fun character of your choosing), to add to your portfolio.

654 of 664 students recommendSee All

I appreciate he took the time to explain all the technicalities from illustrator to Photoshop. I would love to learn more about texturing, GREAT CLASS!
Very comprehensive class thanks,. Covers everything from sketching techniques to advanced photoshop brush and texture work.
Phil Millward

Digital Designer ★ Illustrator @parallax





Matt Kaufenberg

Freelance Illustrator

Matt Kaufenberg is a freelance illustrator from Alexandria, Minnesota. Originally working as freelance graphic designer after college, he eventually decided to pursue a career in illustration, always his true passion.

For over two years, he has had the pleasure of illustrating some fantastic projects and working with companies such as Target, Nickelodeon, American Greetings, and more. He is influenced by artists from the 60's and 70's, especially children's book illustrators.

He also teaches occasional classes for Alexandria Technical College's Communication Art and Design program.

In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and their three kids.