Illustrated Character Design and World Creation

A course by Nathan Jurevicius
Character Designer. Toronto, Canada.
Joined December 2019
, Character Designer

Learn how to create original characters and envision the environment they inhabit

  • 98% positive reviews (159)
  • 3021 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Portuguese, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Learn how to create original characters and envision the environment they inhabit

  • 98% positive reviews (159)
  • 3021 students
  • 25 lessons (5h 18m)
  • 16 additional resources (1 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • English, Portuguese, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

There's creativity within you and within everybody. But even though a creative mind may have all the tools it needs to conceive something great, creative blocks are real, and escaping them requires work. In this course, illustrator and character designer Nathan Jurevicius will shake up your creative juices by sharing his personal approach to creating unique and meaningful illustrated characters and how to envision the worlds they inhabit.

Discover the basics on getting inspired and learn a special way of developing characters that have a rich backstory. Through the exercises he proposes, not only will you become a better draftsman and illustrator, but also a more resourceful creative.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Setting the Foundation
  • U3
    U3. Building a World
  • U4
    U4. It's Alive!
  • FP
    FP Final project
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You will begin this course discovering Nathan Jurevicius’ background, how his career evolved, and the influences and philosophies that shape his work.

Nathan discusses his ideas on creativity, looking at best practices in gathering diverse information and cohesively displaying it to form thought maps. Examine what makes a good idea and how to generate them. He will show you his personal approach to help sharpen your skills in character and world-building using theoretical and practical methods that will ultimately make you a better creator.

Nathan demonstrates his personal way of formulating characters and their worlds from idea seeds and provides practical exercises to help you generate your own engaging universe.

As the course progresses you will learn the steps to what makes a good character and how to envision the environment it lives in. Take your concepts to the next level following Nathan’s technical process from thumbnail sketches to finished artwork using various mediums.

Completing an image is not the final stage of a project. In the final unit, Nathan discusses how to look objectively at your work, determine what you could improve or have done differently, and how to go about applying the project to real-life applications. To finish the course, he will give you tips and advice on keeping your passion burning in your personal and professional life.

What is this course's project?

You will create a unique character and its world through ideation and practical exercises that can be applied to various media.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

The course is aimed at students and professionals of all levels looking for proven ways to unblock their creativity and expand their skills in original character development and world design.

This course is suited for Illustrators, toy designers, writers, filmmakers, fine artists, animators, and anyone needing an invigorating jumpstart with their personal projects and wanting to know how to create meaningful, engaging characters that stand out from the crowd.

Requirements and materials

You will need basic drawing skills for some lessons.

As for materials, you will need a sketch pad, notebook, plasticine, scissors, and paper. You will also need a drawing medium of your choice: pencils, pens, markers, or a digital surface such as an iPad.

During the development stages of the course, Nathan will be playing with various traditional mediums but will focus on using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop for the final project. It’s not a requirement to have these programs but they will come in useful if you want to copy his exact workflow.


3021 Students
159 Reviews
98% Positive ratings

Nathan Jurevicius

A course by Nathan Jurevicius

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Character Designer

Nathan Jurevicius is an illustrator, director, toy designer, author, and concept artist. His work has appeared in numerous publications, advertising campaigns, and galleries around the world. Born in Australia and currently living in Toronto, Nathan was gently coerced into a life of painting, drawing, and crafts from an early age.

Nathan specializes in creating immersive worlds inhabited by unique characters. His most acclaimed concept to date is Scarygirl, an ever-evolving world of characters manifested through graphic novels, limited edition figures, video games, and a feature film currently in production.

Nathan’s recent projects include his animated short film and book JUNCTION, the Australian Academy Award-winning PELEDA series based on Lithuanian mythology, and a glass sculpture collaboration with IKEA.


  • U1


    • About Me
    • Influences
    • What This Course Is About
  • U2

    Setting the Foundation

    • Materials and Tools
    • Ideas
    • Connecting the Dots
    • About Your Character
    • World Building
  • U3

    Building a World

    • Refining the Concepts
    • Refining the Concepts - Annex
    • Time for Illustrator: Preparation
    • Time for Illustrator: Shapes and More Shapes
    • Time for Illustrator: Shapes and More Shapes - Annex
    • Time for Illustrator: Deconstruct
    • Time for Illustrator: Deconstruct - Annex
    • Time for Photoshop: Reconstruct
    • Time for Photoshop: Reconstruct - Annex
    • Time for Photoshop: Light and Shadow
    • Time for Photoshop: Light and Shadow - Annex
    • Time for Photoshop: Colour and Finesse
    • Time for Photoshop: Colour and Finesse - Annex
    • Time for Photoshop: Character and Worlds Unite
  • U4

    It's Alive!

    • Final Tips
    • Applications
    • Post-Mortem Analysis
  • FP

    Final project

    • Illustrated Character Design and World Creation

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    Ask questions, request feedback, or offer solutions. Share your learning experience with other students in the community who are as passionate about creativity as you are.

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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.

All courses are 100% online, so once they're published, courses start and finish whenever you want. You set the pace of the class. You can go back to review what interests you most and skip what you already know, ask questions, answer questions, share your projects, and more.

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Illustrated Character Design and World Creation. Illustration course by Nathan Jurevicius

Illustrated Character Design and World Creation

A course by Nathan Jurevicius
Character Designer. Toronto, Canada.
Joined December 2019
  • 98% positive reviews (159)
  • 3021 students