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Character Design for Animation with Photoshop

A course by Caio Martins
Illustrator, character designer and storyboard artist. São Paulo, Brazil.
Joined October 2019
, Illustrator, character designer and storyboard artist

Learn the whole process of bringing an animated character to life, from briefing to model sheet

  • Best seller Portuguese with subtitles in English
  • 98% positive reviews (651)
  • 17258 students

Learn the whole process of bringing an animated character to life, from briefing to model sheet



Portuguese with subtitles in English
  • 98% positive reviews (651)
  • 17258 students
  • 19 lessons (4h 13m)
  • 20 additional resources (13 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Portuguese
  • Portuguese, Spanish, English, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever


Getting to show the expressions of a character in a natural way while combining colors, shapes, and volume can be a great challenge for an illustrator. Character designer and storyboard artist Caio Martins manages to unite several techniques in his creations and in this course, he will teach you how to master them to create unique illustrations. He has worked for renowned studios like DreamWorks, Netflix, and Disney Jr.

During this journey, Caio will guide you through the steps to give life to a character with its own identity, from the first sketches in your sketchbook to the model sheet with the final drawings, with Adobe Photoshop. You will learn how to draw gestures and physiognomies in different positions and you will have material ready to be presented to an animation studio.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction: who I am and how I became a designer
  • U2
    U2. From thinking to drawing
  • U3
    U3. Starting the jobs
  • U4
    U4. The various angles of the character
  • FP
    FP Final project
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In the first unit, you will meet Caio, who will tell how he became an illustrator and how he started in the animation industry designing characters, working for important national and international studios. Also, you will see what his main references are in the animation field.

You will begin to lay the foundation for your creation, analyzing the briefing, looking for reference images, and seeing what elements you should take into account when designing your character. Finally, you will put your ideas on paper, by creating the first sketches in your sketchbook.

With the sketches ready, comes the production stage: you will draw the character's silhouette and add color and features to its expression. Explore the different colors and test how they can influence the personality of your character.

Learn how to represent your character in 3D and how to draw expressions from different angles with Adobe Photoshop. Then, you will learn how to make a complete turnaround of your character's design.

Finally, Caio will help you prepare your portfolio to send it to an animation studio, as well as guiding you on how to organize and share your work on Instagram.

What is this course's project?

You will create a model sheet of a character for animation from a briefing and carry out exercises to will help you explore shapes, colors, and expressions.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

To artists and illustrators who want to enter the world of animation.

Requirements and materials

Basic knowledge of drawing and handling of Adobe Photoshop is required. Regarding the materials, you will need a sketchbook, a pencil, an eraser, and a computer with Adobe Photoshop installed. Having a graphics tablet is not essential, but it will make your process easier.

Although this course is done digitally, you can apply the techniques learned in any medium, be it digital or analog.


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17258 Students
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Caio Martins

A course by Caio Martins

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Illustrator, character designer and storyboard artist

Now with over eight years in the illustration and animation industry, Caio Martins began his career as an intern at Split studio and, until then, had never worked with any creative software (except Microsoft Paint) or touched a graphics tablet.

After honing his artistic craft, Caio went to other animation studios and worked on television series for major stations such as Disney Jr. (Dino Aventuras), Cartoon Network (Oswaldo), Nickelodeon (PapayaBull, Tainá), Tv Cultura, and Discovery Kids (Micro Adventures of Tito and Muda). He has also collaborated as an illustrator for major publishers such as Abril and Editora Moderna.

He is currently a freelance illustrator and works from home for animation studios, so he can spend more time learning and working on his personal projects.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction: who I am and how I became a designer

    • Presentation
    • Influences
    • What will we do in the course?
  • U2

    From thinking to drawing

    • Analyzing a briefing
    • Searching for references
    • Starting point: the idea
    • Sketch in sketchbook
  • U3

    Starting the jobs

    • Exploring concepts
    • Definition of the idea
    • Thinking in color
  • U4

    The various angles of the character

    • Expression sheet 1
    • Expression sheet 2
    • Turnaround 1
    • Turnaround 2
    • Turnaround 3
    • Colorization and influence of lighting 1
    • Colorization and influence of lighting 2
    • Colorization and influence of lighting 3
    • How to prepare your portfolio for animation studios
  • FP

    Final project

    • x Creation of characters for animation

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Domestika's courses are online classes that provide you with the tools and skills you need to complete a specific project. Every step of the project combines video lessons with complementary instructional material, so you can learn by doing. Domestika's courses also allow you to share your own projects with the teacher and with other students, creating a dynamic course community.

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The courses are divided into different units. Each one includes lessons, informational text, tasks, and practice exercises to help you carry out your project step by step, with additional complementary resources and downloads. You'll also have access to an exclusive forum where you can interact with the teacher and with other students, as well as share your work and your course project, creating a community around the course.

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Character Design for Animation with Photoshop. Illustration, 3D, and Animation course by Caio Martins Best seller

Character Design for Animation with Photoshop

A course by Caio Martins
Illustrator, character designer and storyboard artist. São Paulo, Brazil.
Joined October 2019
  • 98% positive reviews (651)
  • 17258 students