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Introduction to Character Design: Drawing a Unique Cast

Rai Fiondella, Freelance Illustrator

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6 Videos (19m)
    • Introduction

    • Basic Human Anatomy and Proportions

    • Diversity Through Shape and Silhouette

    • Expression and Body Language

    • Constructing Character Sheets

    • Conclusion


About This Class

Those successful, dynamic characters that exist in your favorite comic books, video games, cartoons, and animated movies were born from the imaginative minds of creative people—like you! Anybody can illustrate their own unique, original characters once the fundamentals of anatomy, shape, gesture, expression, personality, and silhouette are understood. 

Whether you are a professional illustrator or are just getting started and are looking to expand your skills, this class will ensure that you acquire the necessary expertise in order to begin bringing your original characters to life on paper. You will learn what it takes to guarantee your story's cast is interesting and diverse, as well as the do's and don't's of designing a successful character. 

Rai will teach you the following:

  • The basics of anatomy and proportion, and how to simplify it for successful stylization of features
  • How to make your characters exude personality through expression and gesture
  • Tips on how to keep your cast of characters diverse through shape and silhouette
  • How to construct character sheets, expression sheets, and cast sheets

You will leave this class not only confident in your ability to conceptualize characters for your own original stories, but also being able to distinguish what makes a character in media successful or not.

For more information, check out this class outline!

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I have already learned so much from this! It's awesome!
B. Laurensund

Manga Artist

Awesome material, specially for beginners.
Rai really cuts things down and simplifies them in a way that's quick and easy to understand in this course! It's perfect for complete beginners but is also a nice little refresher for others. The project is simple enough that you can spend less than a day on just as a little exercise or turn into a larger project. A great little course!





Rai Fiondella

Freelance Illustrator

Hey there! My name's Rai.

I'm an illustrator and avid storyteller who specializes in character design, concept art, storyboarding, and comic-making. I especially love working with mythology, medieval times, and fantasy-adventure.

Since I was a kid, I've wanted to make my own comic books and cartoons. Reading the stories of my favorite heroes allowed me to grow up in a world where I could follow any path they inspired me to go. Now I am here making my own work with the goal to gi...

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