Urban-Style Character Creation

A course by Felixantos
Concept Artist and Illustrator. Lima District, Peru.
Joined May 2019
, Concept Artist and Illustrator

Use concept art techniques to illustrate unique characters with a professional finish

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 96% positive reviews (160)
  • 2535 students

Use concept art techniques to illustrate unique characters with a professional finish

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 96% positive reviews (160)
  • 2535 students
  • 26 lessons (4h 2m)
  • 21 additional resources (14 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Updated on 06/29/2020

This course has been updated to give a more detailed learning experience for creating a semi-realist rendering of an urban character.

Turning everyday people into main characters is an interesting exercise that we can all try. It involves our curiosity, by taking a closer look at someone and analyzing what defines them, to then represent it. Illustrator and concept artist Víctor Félix Díaz, better known as Felixantos, is capable of illustrating urban characters just as they are: unique and full of personality.

In this course, he will talk you through the process of creating an urban character as a concept and what that represents. He will guide you in creating your own character, based on a narrative. He introduces the study of color and the representation of the body and face. He goes through basic techniques to draw and color your character with Adobe Photoshop.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Light and color techniques for concept art
  • U3
    U3. Foundations of the urban character
  • U4
    U4. Creating an urban character
  • U5
    U5. Start of a great portfolio
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Get to know Felixantos, his professional career in creating characters and concept art, and his main influences.

Start off by learning the basics of concept art, and a walk through the Photoshop interface, to identify the main tools you’ll need. Felixantos introduces the technique of grisaille, with an in-depth look at lighting, the study of color and texture, for the creation of your character.

Learn more about the importance of context for urban characters, with examples, and study color for these. Understand how basic structure can be achieved with Photoshop, and learn how to use it for drawing faces and bodies, with special attention to different poses.

Once you have your character defined, proceed to draw them in different perspectives: your model sheet. Felixantos will show you how to apply color, selecting the right chromatic tonalities and lighting to represent the personality of your character.

And that’s it! You’ll have finished the course with a full understanding of concept art, to create an urban character with a professional finish and a model sheet, that will become part of your portfolio for future clients.

What is this course's project?

You will create an illustration of an urban character –or various– with style and personality, that you will then be able to present in your portfolio with a model sheet.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

For those who like to draw, illustrators, animators, designers or anyone that wants to create characters with style and personality.

Requirements and materials

You will need basic drawing skills. As for materials, you will need a computer with Adobe Photoshop software installed, and a graphics tablet to draw more fluidly.


2535 Students
160 Reviews
96% Positive ratings


A course by Felixantos

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Concept Artist and Illustrator

Víctor Félix Díaz, better known as Felixantos, is an illustrator from Peru that has been professionally illustrating for around ten years. He specializes in concept art and in the creation of characters and sets, but also does portraits and caricatures, among other things.

He has worked for advertising projects, as well as animation studios and videogames. He’s passionate about concept art because it follows the rules of the story’s narrative arc, which he then portrays in his illustrations.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
    • What will we do in the final project?
  • U2

    Light and color techniques for concept art

    • Let's talk about the conceptart
    • Presentation of the workspace and configuration (brushes)
    • Grisalla / Light, shadow and Reflection
    • Texture study
    • Color Theory
  • U3

    Foundations of the urban character

    • What are urban characters?
    • Color psychology of the characters
    • Face study
    • Study of bodies and poses
  • U4

    Creating an urban character

    • Let's think about a character and his story
    • Sketching the character's face
    • Let's draw the character full length + Model sheet
    • Characterizing the full-length character and his Model sheet
    • Colorizing the entire body
    • Rendering the character + his background
    • Final semi-realistic rendering part 1
    • Final semi-realistic rendering part 2
    • Final semi-realistic rendering part 3
    • Final semi-realistic rendering part 4
    • Final semi-realistic rendering part 5
    • Final semi-realistic rendering part 6
    • Final semi-realistic rendering part 7
  • U5

    Start of a great portfolio

    • Finished project and start of a great portfolio
  • FP

    Final project

    • Creation of urban characters for concept art

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Urban-Style Character Creation. Illustration course by Felixantos

Urban-Style Character Creation

A course by Felixantos
Concept Artist and Illustrator. Lima District, Peru.
Joined May 2019
  • 96% positive reviews (160)
  • 2535 students