Cartoon-Style Character Design with Procreate

A course by Ed Vill
Illustrator and designer. Ciudad de México, Mexico.
On Domestika since 04/04/2017
, Illustrator and designer

Learn how to create a character for brands starting from a pencil sketch right up to the digital illustration

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% Positive reviews (7)
  • 389 students
Cartoon-Style Character Design with Procreate

Learn how to create a character for brands starting from a pencil sketch right up to the digital illustration

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% Positive reviews (7)
  • 389 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 17 Lessons (2h 25m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German
  • Unlimited access forever

If you are passionate about pop culture and all things vintage, you will love discovering how to apply this unique style to your advertising projects. Illustrator and character designer Ed Vill found classic cartoons to be a never-ending source of history, comedy, and social criticism capable of transmitting the identity of just about any brand.

This course is complementary to Introduction to the Creation of Cartoon-Style Characters, Ed’s first course on Domestika, in which the basic notions of this technique are presented. This course will help you take the next step, showing you how to use Procreate and the Apple Pencil to get the most out of your illustrations no matter the media.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. What does the project represent?
  • U3
    U3. To work
  • U4
    U4. Finishing and assembly
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Get to know your teacher, Ed Vill, by going through the highlights of his long professional career. Learn about how Ed was blown away after discovering the infinite creative possibilities working with Procreate can offer. Take a trip through Ed’s many sources of inspiration, from the animated ads of the 1950s to the precision details of Walt Disney.

Next, define what kind of character you’ll be creating in three steps. First, carry out an analysis of a brand to define what key characteristics will be reflected in your cartoon. Second, study your character’s personality through four sketches performing different poses and activities. Finally, create a mood board on Pinterest to gather inspiration from various sources.

Once you have finished the final sketch, immerse yourself in the world of Procreate and discover the powerful features of the Apple Pencil. The final step is digitizing your sketch and exporting it with the appropriate extensions so you can apply it to a wide range of digital and print media.

What is this course's project?

Design a cartoon-style character that reflects the personality of a brand using Procreate and prepare it to be used in a range of digital and traditional advertising media.

Who is it for?

This course is for illustrators, designers, and anyone curious about creating characters from scratch with Procreate. Also for lovers of cartoon-style illustration and retro pop culture.

What you need

To take this course it is necessary to have prior knowledge of cartoon-style illustration.

In addition, you will need paper and a pencil, an Apple Pencil, and an iPad Pro with the Procreate app installed.


389 Students
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Ed Vill

A course by Ed Vill

Illustrator and designer

Ed Vill was born in Caracas (Venezuela), although he has been living in Mexico since 2016. He considers himself a cartoon enthusiast and has turned his passion into a profession by creating custom cartoon characters.

This multidisciplinary illustrator and designer has also worked as a copywriter and photographer for print media, recorded albums, created radio and television shows, and launched his own design brand: EdVill. Currently, he illustrates children's books and teaches character creation workshops for children and adults.


  • U1


    • Who I am?
    • Influences
    • What will we do in the course?
  • U2

    What does the project represent?

    • Planning our project
    • Deciding the personality
    • Moodboard
    • Final sketches
  • U3

    To work

    • Procreate interface
    • Apple Pencil
    • Colors in Procreate
    • Import into Procreate
    • Illustration in Procreate P1
    • Illustration in Procreate P2
    • Illustration in Procreate P3
    • Illustration in Procreate P4
  • U4

    Finishing and assembly

    • Export files
    • Applications
  • FP

    Final project

    • Cartoon-Style Character Design with Procreate

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Cartoon-Style Character Design with Procreate. A Illustration course by Ed Vill

Cartoon-Style Character Design with Procreate

A course by Ed Vill
Illustrator and designer. Ciudad de México, Mexico.
On Domestika since 04/04/2017
  • 100% Positive reviews (7)
  • 389 students