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Digital Illustration: Create Manga Characters

A course by Catalina Carlesi
Cartoonist and Illustrator. Tulsa, Chile.
Joined July 2021
, Cartoonist and Illustrator

Learn how to use digital tools to bring your own detailed and expressive manga heroes to life

  • Best seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% positive reviews (264)
  • 13021 students

Learn how to use digital tools to bring your own detailed and expressive manga heroes to life

Want to design characters like the ones from your favorite manga, anime, and video games? In this online course, digital illustrator Catalina Carlesi teaches you how to bring your own heroes to life.

Under her guidance, learn to draw expressive manga characters and tell a story through their clothing, accessories, and environment. Discover digital techniques to help you create charismatic illustrations rich in light, color, shadows, and intricate details. Get ready to build fantasy worlds and make them a reality with Procreate and Photoshop.

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What will you learn in this online course?

15 lessons & 25 downloads

Character and Expressions
13 minutes, 33 seconds
Digital Inking
6 minutes, 34 seconds
The Sketch
13 minutes, 4 seconds
Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% positive reviews (264)
  • 13021 students
  • 15 lessons (2h 52m)
  • 25 additional resources (8 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Create an illustration of a manga character surrounded by narrative context.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Drawing enthusiasts, especially those interested in Japanese illustration.

Requirements and materials

All you need to take this course are basic notions of digital illustration, as well as the programs Photoshop and Procreate.


13021 Students
264 Reviews
98% Positive ratings
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Catalina Carlesi

A course by Catalina Carlesi

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Cartoonist and Illustrator

Catalina Carlesi, better known as Alpaca, is a Chilean cartoonist and digital illustrator specializing in manga characters. She began her career as a graphic designer, but soon decided to pursue her dream and devote herself full time to illustration.

She's always been a huge fan of manga, anime, and video games, especially JRPGs, as well as Japanese culture in general, which have heavily influenced the style and content of her drawings. She loves creating original characters and weaving their stories into her illustrations through the use of light and shadows, colors, and expressive details.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    The Manga: Bases of Digital Illustration

    • The Characters: the Human Figure 1
    • The Characters: the Human Figure 2
    • Character and Expressions
    • Digital Inking
    • The Color
    • Elaboration of the Character and the Environment
  • U3

    Narrative Illustration

    • The Sketch
    • The Drawing: Scale, Gray Scale and Color
    • Lights and Shadows 1
    • Lights and Shadows 1
    • Final Details: the Render
  • U4

    Projection and Diffusion

    • Illustration Projection
    • Empower Illustration
  • FP

    Final project

    • Digital Illustration: Create Manga Characters

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    Ask questions, request feedback, or offer solutions. Share your learning experience with other students in the community who are as passionate about creativity as you are.

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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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Digital Illustration: Create Manga Characters. Illustration course by Catalina Carlesi Best seller

Digital Illustration: Create Manga Characters

A course by Catalina Carlesi
Cartoonist and Illustrator. Tulsa, Chile.
Joined July 2021
  • 98% positive reviews (264)
  • 13021 students