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Vector Illustration: Design a Playful Character Using Geometric Shapes

Jonathan Ball, Illustrator / Owner, Pokedstudio

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13 Videos (1h 4m)
    • Introduction

    • Illustrating a Playful Character

    • Inspiration and Concepting

    • Sketching

    • Tracing Your Sketch

    • Shading Part 1: Ice Cream Scoop

    • Adding Highlights and Details

    • Building up Your Character

    • Shading Part 2: Ice Cream Cone

    • Creating Facial Features

    • Composition and Backgrounds

    • Adding the Final Details

    • Conclusion

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About This Class

Level up your vector illustration skills by learning illustrator Jonathan Ball's friendly, step-by-step process for designing playful, surreal characters based on simple geometric shapes.

In this one-hour class, UK-based illustrator Jonathan Ball (aka POKEDSTUDIO) draws on his experience illustrating characters for Nickelodeon, Playstation, Mattel, Disney, and Activision to share his design and illustration process in bite-sized steps.

From concept and sketch to creating vectors and shading in the Mac app Affinity Designer, you’ll learn how to start with geometric shapes and ultimately end up with something from another dimension.

This 3D-illustration class is perfect for illustrators, designers, and visual artists of all levels who want to learn vector skills and unlock a whole new world of surrealism and detail in their work.

Some prior knowledge of vector design software may be helpful, but is not required. Everyone who loves sketching and doodling will love this fun project!


Want to get started right away? Download a free trial of Affinity Designer, the software Jonathan uses in the class! 

881 of 884 students recommendSee All

great! I learned a lot, just wish it would be in Illustrator :)
I can't even begin to express how amazing this course was. It was simply stunning to watch, let alone learn from someone who is so talented. All the techniques shown in the course are simple, but when used effectively can create amazing artwork. Simply amazing!
Samantha Griggs

Sarcasm is my weapon of choice

This is an amazing class with practical advice on how to upgrade your character vector work, regardless of what tool you use.





Jonathan Ball

Illustrator / Owner, Pokedstudio

POKEDSTUDIO is an international illustration, design and animation studio based in Cardiff, UK. Founded by illustrator Jonathan Ball who has built a reputation for wacky and non-conformist character designs, intricate worlds and edgy video graphics. We create characters, illustrations, animations, adverts, packaging designs, logos display fonts, game concept design and storyboards. We've worked with brands such as MTV, BBC, Sony Playstation, Microsoft, Nickelodean, Doritos, Disney, Burger Kin...

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