Design Dragons with Personality!

Piya Wannachaiwong, Fantasy Illustrator

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13 Lessons (2h 41m)
    • 1. Welcome Aboard

    • 2. Characters Welcome

    • 3. Refer This

    • 4. I Do Not Bite My Thumb At You

    • 5. Rule of Thumbnails

    • 6. What Are Your Values?

    • 7. Family Values

    • 8. Family Values Too

    • 9. Really LONG (Optional!) Value Video

    • 10. Jamaican Me Color

    • 11. Balancing Scales

    • 12. Color Crazy

    • 13. Really REALLY LONG Color Video (Also Optional)

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7 of 7 students recommend this class
I am in the midst of this class now. Piya is an outstanding teacher! He really gives lots of art tips and solid examples and clear assignments. I am learning to design creatures with personality and stories, and how to create focal points in my painting. I really like looking for references. I'v designed characters for 3 dragons in a couple of days. Now I am making thumbnails for one. Thanks Piya!
Razvan Ursan

Drawing is such a stress relief!

I love Piya's work - he creates stunningly vivid fantasy paintings of dragons and otherworldly creatures, and this class shows us his entire process. Although in my opinion it's not for the utterly beginner (even if it teaches you about thumbnailing and value painting), the very beginner could first take the "Character Illustration: Create a Mythical Dragon" SkillShare class for more insight on dragon characters and then come back here to get the most out of this class. Also, don't get put off by the duration of this class - about an hour and a half is dedicated to watching how Piya paints value & color (and I'm not saying this as a bad thing, on the contrary, it's almost magical, including the background music!)
Absolutely stunning series of videos unfortunately way beyond my skill level. Would be nice if there was a simplified version on how to do the thumbnails since capturing the character essence of fantasy art characters would be a useful skill for a novice illustrator. I did actually laugh out loud at the speed at which he created the 'basic' thumbnail sketches which would have taken me hours and still looked crap! This was a very advanced tutorial but even a novice, like myself, appreciated watching the process. Beautiful work.
Wonderful! just amazing the way he manage lightning and shadow.