Design and Illustration of Incredible Characters

A course by Christian Michel
Graphic designer and illustrator. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined December 2015
, Graphic designer and illustrator

Learn to draw fantastic characters like a professional

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% Positive reviews (141)
  • 1871 students

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Design and Illustration of Incredible Characters

Learn to draw fantastic characters like a professional

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% Positive reviews (141)
  • 1871 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 26 Lessons (5h 24m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

The work of Christian Michel, better known as Crisaseo -designer and illustrator- focuses mainly on the world of advertising and can also be found in all types of packaging. But in addition to working with brands on a daily basis, he has developed a unique style of creating incredible characters.

In this course, Crisaseo will help you to lose the fear of drawing and will teach you how to illustrate characters with style by taking the creative child inside you. You will create a story about your characters, drawing each of the details that fill them with character. With it you will learn to create a story about your characters, drawing each of the details that fill them with character and personality.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Theory of evolution
  • U3
    U3. To drop scratches
  • U4
    U4. Comes alive
  • U5
    U5. From paper to the machine
  • U6
    U6. Final project
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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You will know the work of Crisaseo, who will tell you about his professional career and will show you his influences, important personalities of the current illustration.

Then he will talk about the theory of evolution, reviewing the particular characteristics of some of the most famous and memorable characters in the history of animation.

You will explore the different tools that you can use to create characters and you will do all kinds of exercises to release your hand and practice with these drawing tools.

You will discover the geometric figures as a starting point to give life to your characters and you will understand the importance of the facial expression; a complicated subject that you will learn to capture easily.

Crisaseo will show you its methodology to devise the personality of each of its characters through the details and how to draw the different views that compose it.

Once you have the complete sketch on paper, you will digitize it and learn how to combine Illustrator and Photoshop to draw, apply color, shadows, brightness and textures, resulting in a professional illustration.

Finally, you will observe some samples and suggestions to use your characters in all kinds of products and applications.

What is this course's project?

You will learn to create characters by imprinting character and personality. Ready to be taken to the real world.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

To designers, illustrators, cartoonists and anyone interested in drawing the creatures that live in their head.

What you need

No previous knowledge is necessary, simply wanting to draw.

With respect to the materials, you will need paper and pencil to sketch and a computer with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.


1871 Students
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Christian Michel

A course by Christian Michel

Graphic designer and illustrator

Christian Michel has always been surrounded by art and as a child he was clear about his vocation as an illustrator. He studied graphic design at the Universidad Anáhuac del Sur (Mexico), where he also had the opportunity to offer a chair. He founded the Visual Infection studio, based in Mexico City and San Antonio, specializing in packaging design, illustration and advertising, where he works for companies around the world.

He has exhibited part of his work collectively in Mexico City, Toulouse, Barcelona, Finland, Berlin and New York. Recently he has dedicated himself to share his work and experience as a lecturer in Mexico and abroad. Part of his work can be seen in specialized publications, in all kinds of products and in well-known advertising campaigns.


  • U1


    • Me, until I die
    • Wow!
  • U2

    Theory of evolution

    • Black and white
    • Full color
    • Characters up in the soup
  • U3

    To drop scratches

    • Scratch tools
    • The scratches talk about you
    • No more scratching
    • Do not erase your scratches
    • My first character
    • Expressions
  • U4

    Comes alive

    • Who are we going to create?
    • Your consented character
    • Turnaround
  • U5

    From paper to the machine

    • VS Pixels
    • Illustrator does everything
    • Crawling
    • Walking - Part 1
    • Walking - Part 2
    • Coloring
  • U6

    Final project

    • Stroke
    • Colored - Part 1
    • Colored - Part 2
    • Shadows and glitters
    • Textures and finishes
    • Applications
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Design and illustration of incredible characters

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Design and Illustration of Incredible Characters. A Illustration course by Christian Michel

Design and Illustration of Incredible Characters

A course by Christian Michel
Graphic designer and illustrator. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined December 2015
  • 99% Positive reviews (141)
  • 1871 students