Character Design: From the Sketch to the Final Art

A course by Paulo Villagrán
Illustrator, designer and graphic artist. Santiago de Querétaro, Mexico.
On Domestika since 05/31/2016
, Illustrator, designer and graphic artist

Learn to create illustrated characters in an analogue and digital manner

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% Positive reviews (163)
  • 1609 students

Learn to create illustrated characters in an analogue and digital manner


Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% Positive reviews (163)
  • 1609 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 13 Lessons (2h 55m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese
  • Unlimited access forever


In this course you will learn to create illustrated characters in an analogical and digital way by hand Paulo Villagrán, one of the most important illustrators of the Mexican scene. You will discover how to shape your ideas from the sketch to the final art, both with traditional tools, as well as helping you with various digital tools.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Analog characters
  • U3
    U3. Digital Illustration - SketchBook PRO
  • U4
    U4. Digital Illustration - Adobe Illustrator
  • U5
    U5. How to be an illustrator and not die in the attempt
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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You will begin to know the wide range of materials that exist to draw: pencils of graphite, pens, markers, brushes ... and you will see how Paulo carries out his sketches, and the way in which his characters emerge from spontaneous forms.

Then, you will learn to create different expressions and play with anatomy, essential exercises to create your characters successfully. To finish this manual process of character illustration, you will learn inking and coloring techniques.

Later on, you will learn to draw characters on a mobile device with Sketchbook PRO and learn about the many tools and types of brushes that this program offers.

Paulo Villagrán will teach you how to vectorise a character at a professional level from the sketch, shaping the layout and adding color, lights, shadows and textures. It will also show you how to apply any illustration and character design project to a commercial assignment.

Finally, you will learn some personal anecdotes from Paulo about his career as an illustrator and he will give you some tips on how to survive in the profession.

What is this course's project?

You will learn to create characters with analog and digital techniques.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

This course is aimed at graphic designers, illustrators and professionals or students of drawing interested in learning to design characters.

What you need

To enjoy this course, it is only necessary to have a basic knowledge of drawing and a lot of imagination.

You will need drawing material such as pencils, markers, brushes, penbrush and a sketchbook. In the digital section you will need to have Autodesk Sketchbook PRO installed on a mobile device or computer as well as Adobe Illustrator. It is advisable to have a digitizing tablet.


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Paulo Villagrán

A course by Paulo Villagrán

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Illustrator, designer and graphic artist

The professional career and the unique style of the illustrator Paulo Villagrán have placed him as one of the most prominent names in the Mexican graphic scene.

He has worked with clients such as Coca Cola, Telcel, Sony Music, Banamex, Crayola, Mr. Sushi or Tutsi POP among others. In the publishing field he has collaborated, in addition to many others, with a! Design, Editorial Televisa, Editorial Macmillan Castillo, SEP, Editorial Porrúa and CONACULTA.

He has coordinated the exhibition SEGÚIREMOS SIENDO 2012 , an illustrated tribute to Café Tacvba at the Museo Universitario del Chopo and has participated as a jury in the exhibition MOVIENDO VIDAS , creating art with Snoopy in the MUMEDI. He has carried out solo and group exhibitions at the MUNAL, within the framework of the International Short Film Festival Short Shorts 2013 and Writes Escribano at the San Ildefonso Museum, within the Mexican Open of design. He has also given a lecture at the IMAX Digital Dome of the Discover Museum in Aguascalientes.


Contents

  • U1

    Introduction

    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    Analog characters

    • materials
    • The sketch
    • Creation of spontaneous forms
    • Expressions and anatomy
    • Sketch, inked, color
  • U3

    Digital Illustration - SketchBook PRO

    • Introduction to Sketchbook
    • Draw!
  • U4

    Digital Illustration - Adobe Illustrator

    • Stroke, color application and shadows I
    • Stroke, application of color and shadows II
  • U5

    How to be an illustrator and not die in the attempt

    • Get out of your comfort zone
    • Customers and big goals
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Character illustration: From the sketch to the final project

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Character Design: From the Sketch to the Final Art. A Illustration course by Paulo Villagrán

Character Design: From the Sketch to the Final Art

A course by Paulo Villagrán
Illustrator, designer and graphic artist. Santiago de Querétaro, Mexico.
On Domestika since 05/31/2016
  • 99% Positive reviews (163)
  • 1609 students