Expressive Character Creation for Animation

A course by Felipe Rodriguez , Character Designer and Illustrator

Character Designer and Illustrator. Bogota, Colombia.
Joined July 2016

Illustrate unforgettable characters based on a narrative idea and bring them to life through their expressions and poses

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (48)
  • 1041 students

Illustrate unforgettable characters based on a narrative idea and bring them to life through their expressions and poses

A course by Felipe Rodriguez

Want to create relatable characters that stick with your audience? Animation has the power to leave lasting impressions and create strong bonds with generations of viewers. This is what drove character designer and illustrator Felipe Rodriguez, who has collaborated on two Netflix series with Ánima Estudios and on projects for Cartoon Network, to pursue his passion for this art form. The aim of his designs is to make every line, color, and shape tell a story and together provide a human perspective of the world.

In this course, Felipe teaches you how to create characters for animations based on a narrative idea. Play with proportions and texture and explore the depths of your hero's psyche to craft their expressions, actions, and poses. By the end, you'll know how to design characters from start to finish for any real project.

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What will you learn in this online course?

20 lessons & 38 downloads

Structure 1
14 minutes, 0 seconds
Structure 2
14 minutes, 47 seconds
Devise the character 1
16 minutes, 14 seconds
Devise the character 2
10 minutes, 56 seconds
Design 1
19 minutes, 33 seconds
Design 2
17 minutes, 38 seconds
Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (48)
  • 1041 students
  • 20 lessons (5h 11m)
  • 38 additional resources (25 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Design a protagonist, complete with model sheets of expressions and poses, as well as a line-up of potential secondary characters.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Illustrators, cartoonists, and designers who want to learn how to create well-rounded characters and bring them to life for an animation project.

Requirements and materials

Although this course covers the basics of character creation, you need experience in drawing and working with Adobe Photoshop.

You can also use Procreate or any other illustration software to complete the exercises and the final project.


Reviews

1041 Students
48 Reviews
100% Positive ratings

Felipe Rodriguez

A course by Felipe Rodriguez

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Character Designer and Illustrator

Felipe Rodriguez is a freelance illustrator and character designer who uses his expertise to help create animated TV series and films.

He has collaborated on a range of projects for the British Council, Storytime Magazine, and the Mexican animation studio Ánima Estudios, including two projects for Netflix: season 2 of Legend Quest and El camino de Xico. He has also had the opportunity to work with several Colombian studios like TunjaYork, Diptongo, and Mompozt.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Toolbox

    • Structure 1
    • Structure 2
    • Devise the character 1
    • Devise the character 2
    • Design 1
    • Design 2
    • Where is your style? 1
    • Where is your style? 2
  • U3

    Character concept

    • Your own story
    • Concept
    • The rules of your universe
  • U4

    Character development

    • Story Moments
    • How does your character express himself? 1
    • How does your character express himself? 2
    • How does your character move?
  • U5

    Universe

    • Design the antagonist
    • Line up and color
    • Design the main prop
  • FP

    Final project

    • Expressive Character Creation for Animation

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Expressive Character Creation for Animation . 3D, Animation & Illustration course by Felipe Rodriguez

Expressive Character Creation for Animation

A course by Felipe Rodriguez
Character Designer and Illustrator. Bogota, Colombia.
Joined July 2016
  • 100% positive reviews (48)
  • 1041 students