Designing and Illustrating Antagonistic Characters

A course by Patricio Oliver
Designer, Illustrator and Teacher. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Joined September 2019
, Designer, Illustrator and Teacher

Learn the creative process to create amazing characters with opposite qualities in a story

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% Positive reviews (5)
  • 105 students
Designing and Illustrating Antagonistic Characters

Learn the creative process to create amazing characters with opposite qualities in a story


Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% Positive reviews (5)
  • 105 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 20 Lessons (3h 50m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
  • Unlimited access forever


If you grew up dividing your time among comic books, films, and animated series in which two opposing forces confront one another, this course is for you. These influences are still present in the work of the editorial designer and illustrator Patricio Oliver. He has worked for brands like Pony, Kid Robot, Cartoon Network, and National Geographic Kids. Patricio has published comics focusing on themes like gender and diversity, as well as superhero comics with a very personal approach.

In this course, Patricio teaches you step by step how to build antagonistic characters by defining their motivation, history, and personality. Develop all of the visual aspects for a pair of characters with unique opposing attributes.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Concept and preparation
  • U3
    U3. Character design
  • U4
    U4. Pose, color and last details
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Get to know Patricio Oliver, his experience, and his main influences. Prepare yourself for a graphic adventure and learn how to develop two strong, antagonistic characters.

Discover how to write a character’s story and explore the keys to building two antagonistic profiles: archetypes, genre, sources, and references. Counterbalance their experiences and interpret them as parallel paths that are correlated with each other.

Create a visual mood board of inspiration, including themes, colors, forms, the flow of different elements, historical and architectural references, clothing, and accessories.

It’s time to give shape to your characters. Discover how to develop each character's color palette, diving into the fundamentals of color and working on each face with special attention to detail and shape.

Then, experiment with body positions and poses. Patricio gives you some advice on adding clothing and accessories, before showing you how to modify the shadows and highlights of your characters. Experiment with color and other final details and bring your project to life.

Assign names to your duo, establish action poses, and last but not least, decide what their unique powers are. Finish the course by creating a final composition that presents your characters.

What is this course's project?

Design two unique antagonistic characters that inhabit a shared universe.

Who is it for?

Designers, illustrators, cartoonists, and anyone who wants to get started with creating comics.

What you need

To take this course, you will need some basic illustration skills.

Although Patricio uses Adobe Illustrator, you can also use analog techniques. Depending on your preferred method, you will need materials like pencils, watercolor paper, a computer with Illustrator, and a camera (or your phone).


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Patricio Oliver

A course by Patricio Oliver

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Designer, Illustrator and Teacher

Patricio Oliver graduated in Graphic Design from the University of Buenos Aires, where he later taught Typography and Illustration. His style focuses on the synthetic and the dynamic to create organic geometry filled with color. He specializes in character design, comics, editorial illustration, and product design for character licensing.

He has worked for brands like Pony, Kid Robot, Cartoon Network, History Channel, and National Geographic Kids, among others. He also illustrates books and has published comics that focus on themes like gender and diversity, including superhero comics with a very personal approach.


Contents

  • U1

    Introduction

    • Introduction
    • Influences
    • What We Will Do in the Course
  • U2

    Concept and preparation

    • Why antagonistic?
    • Context and story of the characters
    • Archetypes and gender: identity
    • Documentation and mood board 1
    • Documentation and mood board 2
  • U3

    Character design

    • Color palettes
    • Faces 1
    • Faces 2
    • Morphology
    • Clothing and accessories 1
    • Clothing and accessories 2
  • U4

    Pose, color and last details

    • Highlights, shadows and details 1
    • Highlights, shadows and details 2
    • Action pose and powers
    • What is your name?
    • Character presentation
    • Closing and conclusions
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Design and illustration of antagonistic characters

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Designing and Illustrating Antagonistic Characters. A Illustration course by Patricio Oliver

Designing and Illustrating Antagonistic Characters

A course by Patricio Oliver
Designer, Illustrator and Teacher. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Joined September 2019
  • 100% Positive reviews (5)
  • 105 students