Vibrant Character Design with the Colors of Inclusivity

A course by Aurélia Durand
Graphic Artist. París, France.
Joined February 2020
, Graphic Artist

Learn how to create fun and unique characters through digital illustration that celebrate diversity and transmit an impactful message to the world

  • 100% positive reviews (11)
  • 328 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Learn how to create fun and unique characters through digital illustration that celebrate diversity and transmit an impactful message to the world



  • 100% positive reviews (11)
  • 328 students
  • 15 lessons (2h 29m)
  • 30 additional resources (7 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever


Illustration is a powerful tool for communication. Graphic artist, Aurélia Durand is renowned for her colorful representation of inclusivity and the nuances of humanity in her artwork. Brands like Apple, Adidas, Nike and many more have used her illustrations to celebrate diversity. In this course, Aurélia shows you how to use your artistic voice as a joyful protest for unity.

Learn how to illustrate a community of diverse characters by exploring the digital tools of Adobe Illustrator. Create a meaningful illustration filled with life and color that can inspire your viewers and bring a smile to their face.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Conceptualize Your Artwork
  • U3
    U3. Drawing With Illustrator
  • U4
    U4. Finalizing and Last Words
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Meet Aurélia, graphic artist and your teacher for this course. She shares her creative journey, which started from childhood and led her to become the illustrator of a book that was a #1 New York Times Bestseller in 2020. Hear about her influences and sources of inspiration.

As an artist, Aurélia believes that visual representations can influence behavior and have the power to change people’s view of the world. Explore the work of renowned illustrators who have made a positive impact with their illustrations. Discover the communicative power of a poster and how it can be a dynamic medium to spread a meaningful message. Then, develop a couple of ideas by sketching them on paper.

Aurélia shows you how to digitize your drawing in Adobe Illustrator and shares her creative process when enhancing images. Bring your characters’ personality to life by defining their facial expressions and body language. Learn how to work with color to create a striking yet harmonious composition. Add the final touches by redefining lines and color.

Learn how to format your illustration to fit a poster size ready to be printed. Aurélia also shows you how to format your design in different sizes suitable for a card or A4 paper. She also covers the best formats for different social media platforms. To wrap up the course, Aurélia shares some ideas to share your artwork with the world and reach a larger audience.

What is this course's project?

Create a poster depicting a diverse, empowered, and united community.

Who is this online course for?

This course is for anyone interested in learning digital illustration as a way to speak up about inclusivity.

Requirements and materials

No previous experience is necessary. Aurélia takes you step-by-step through the illustration process.

To take this course, all you need is a sketchbook, a pencil and a computer with Illustrator or similar software.


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Aurélia Durand

A course by Aurélia Durand

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Aurélia Durand is a French graphic artist, animator, and painter based in Paris. Growing up with a mother from the Ivory Coast and a father from France, she has dedicated her artwork to representing the colors of diversity and unity. Her passion for drawing started from an early age, and receiving a master’s in design and applied art, her career has led her to collaborate with some of the most renowned brands in the world.

Her client list includes Amazon, Apple, Adobe, Nike, Facebook, The New York Times, Adidas, Magnum, Sephora, The New Yorker, Tinder, Banksy, and more. In 2020, she illustrated the book This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do the Work, alongside author Tiffany Jewell, which was a New York Times Bestseller and recommended by Oprah’s Book Club, Teen Vogue, Time, and more. Aurélia has been featured in publications for Design matters Dk, Adobe Max Conference, VICE UK, Pinterest, AFROPUNK, Elite Daily, and others.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Conceptualize Your Artwork

    • Illustration and Diversity
    • Inspiration
    • The Power of a Poster
    • Drawing the Idea 1
    • Drawing the Idea 2
    • Drawing the Idea 3
  • U3

    Drawing With Illustrator

    • Digitalize the Illustration
    • Color 1
    • Color 2
    • Final Touches
  • U4

    Finalizing and Last Words

    • Exporting Artwork
    • Ensuring Inclusivity in Your Work
    • Sharing Your Poster
  • FP

    Final project

    • Vibrant Character Design with the Colors of Inclusivity

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Vibrant Character Design with the Colors of Inclusivity. Illustration course by Aurélia Durand

Vibrant Character Design with the Colors of Inclusivity

A course by Aurélia Durand
Graphic Artist. París, France.
Joined February 2020
  • 100% positive reviews (11)
  • 328 students