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Drawing Appealing Characters with Personality

A course by Magdalina Dianova , Character Designer

Character Designer. Sofía, Bulgaria.
Joined June 2021

Discover dynamic character design by learning to tell a story through expressions, poses, clothing, and more

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  • 96% positive reviews (593)
  • 38701 students
  • Audio: English, English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Discover dynamic character design by learning to tell a story through expressions, poses, clothing, and more

Characters can convey so much through the way they look; a hairstyle, an outfit, and a pose can tell you about their mood, identity, and even their backstory. Character designer Magdalina Dianova observes these elements to transform lines and colors into charismatic protagonists. She has worked for clients like DreamWorks TV, and 3dtotal, as well as on projects including character design book Heroines, and short film Goodbye Mr.Octopus, which was presented at the Venice Film Festival.

In this course, learn how to design characters that express their own unique personality. Explore anatomy, color schemes, clothing, gestures, and more, as you see how to create a character full of life, from start to finish.

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What will you learn in this online course?

18 lessons & 12 downloads

How I Use Procreate
7 minutes, 44 seconds
Linework and Colour 1
20 minutes, 51 seconds
Posing the Character 1
19 minutes, 47 seconds
Drawing the Head 2
10 minutes, 20 seconds
Drawing the Body 3
15 minutes, 48 seconds
Designing Hair and Clothes 1
14 minutes, 14 seconds
  • 96% positive reviews (593)
  • 38701 students
  • 18 lessons (3h 48m)
  • 12 additional resources (5 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English, English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Create a character sheet with different poses and outfit designs that reflect their story, using either digital or traditional methods.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is for beginner and intermediate artists interested in developing their character design skills.

Requirements and materials

No previous experience is required.

In terms of materials, you will just need something to draw with. The teacher uses a tablet with Procreate, but you are welcome to use a computer, any other drawing software, or even a sketchbook and pencils.


Reviews

38701 Students
593 Reviews
96% Positive ratings

Magdalina Dianova

A course by Magdalina Dianova

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Character Designer

Magdalina Dianova is a self-taught freelance character designer based in Sofia, Bulgaria. From the moment she began drawing regularly, she posted her work, largely portraits, online for feedback. Initially this helped her improve and later became the way she attracted work. Clients regularly contacted her for commissions and she collaborated with various publishers. Later, she worked as an assistant character designer at an animation studio.

Since then Magdalina has continued to work in the animation industry as well as making her own online tutorials about drawing and character design. She has worked for clients including DreamWorks TV, Spin Master, and 3dtotal, and on projects such as the character design book Heroines, and the short film Goodbye Mr.Octopus, which was presented at the Venice Film Festival.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Exploration Sketches

    • How I Use Procreate
    • Story and Reference Photos
    • Drawing the Body 1
    • Drawing the Body 2
    • Drawing the Body 3
    • Drawing the Head 1
    • Drawing the Head 2
  • U3

    Creating the Character

    • Linework and Colour 1
    • Linework and Colour 2
    • Linework and Colour 3
    • Designing Hair and Clothes 1
    • Designing Hair and Clothes 2
    • Posing the Character 1
    • Posing the Character 2
  • U4

    Character Sheet and Final Tips

    • The Purpose of Character Sheets
    • Social Media Tips
  • FP

    Final project

    • Drawing Appealing Characters with Personality

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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.

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The courses are divided into different units. Each one includes lessons, informational text, tasks, and practice exercises to help you carry out your project step by step, with additional complementary resources and downloads. You'll also have access to an exclusive forum where you can interact with the teacher and with other students, as well as share your work and your course project, creating a community around the course.

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Drawing Appealing Characters with Personality. Illustration course by Magdalina Dianova Best seller

Drawing Appealing Characters with Personality

A course by Magdalina Dianova
Character Designer. Sofía, Bulgaria.
Joined June 2021
  • 96% positive reviews (593)
  • 38701 students