Character Design: A Complete Guide to Drawing 2D Characters

Learn to Design & Draw Your Own Characters: Drawing for Animation, Manga, Anime, Cartoon, Comics, Video Games+

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Do you want to be able to draw characters from your imagination?

Perhaps you want to draw characters for video games or movies? Or start your own comic series?

If you said yes, this is the perfect course to learn character design.

You'll learn the entire process from understanding shapes and shape language, to drawing the human head & figure. You'll learn how to draw several poses for your characters; understand how lighting can effect the mood and style of your character; and transform your hand-drawn character into digital art.

Enroll now and get instant access to:

  • 18+ hours of video lessons
  • 100 page workbook
  • Student drawing community
  • Premium Instructor support
  • Lifetime updates to the class

How does the course work?

Jump right in with drawing warm up exercises. Then, learn our recommended tools and jump right into drawing character silhouettes. From there, you'll learn how simple shapes can give off different feelings - friendly vs. mean, good vs. evil, etc. You'll then learn how to draw the human head and figure.

Once you've learned all of these basics, you'll put it all together with some full character designs. After drawing your first full characters, you'll learn different poses to draw your character in.

The rest of the course covers some advanced drawing techniques, lighting styles, Photoshop skills, as well as deeper dives into character elements like hair, cloth, armor and more.

This is a very practical course! You'll be drawing and sketching your own characters throughout the entire class! And by the end of class, you should have several characters drawn, and the skills to draw any character from your imagination!

Why take this course from us?

Being able to create characters from your imagination is a sought after skill that is required by most major media companies in some aspect of their creative process. Whether it is to create films, games, or comic books, there is always a spot for someone who can draft up new, innovative, and magical ideas to bring the project to life. Even in the 21st century where much of the world's entertainment is in 3D, a skilled 2D illustrator is a vital asset in providing the initial designs that later become sculpted and rigged assets in 3D software.

The purpose of this course is to provide the student with theoretical and practical knowledge that will be immediately useful when trying to get better at character drawing. This course is targeted towards hobbyists as well as beginners who seek to be professionals. Each topic will be taught at a comfortable pace and reiterated multiple times throughout the course. Students who enroll in this course will learn to think like an artist and adapt to a workflow that will allow them to produce designs that can be used by a 3D modeler in the studio pipeline.

Who is your course instructor?

This course is led by Kevin Gardin, the founder of Drawcademy, in partnership with Video School Online, creators of several top-rated courses in the fields of art, design, photography and video creation. Kevin has been drawing his own characters for years, both professionally and as a hobbyist. He is excited to share his knowledge and passion with you.

Are you ready to start your own character design journey?

We're so excited that you're here reading this course description, and know that once you enroll you won't regret it.

Click that enroll button and start drawing today!

Your Instructor

Kevin Gardin
Kevin Gardin

180,000+ Drawing students worldwide

As your drawing teacher, it is my goal to prepare you for every challenge you will face when creating your finished piece! I've spent countless hours honing my skills and now I'm giving you a view of my drawing page where I look forward to helping you create your best work ever. Whether it be your own character design, or a still life, you can make it all happen through my online school, Drawcademy. The video lessons and workpages are designed to be to-the-point and effective to allow you to remember the information quickly and use it right away. It's so easy too, no more sorting through endless Youtube tutorials for the correct information you need, your time is valuable! All of my drawing courses also come with a PDF workbook and a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Currently Kevin lives in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

Course Curriculum

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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