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Concept Art: Character Design & Worldbuilding

A course by Even Amundsen
Illustrator, Character Artist, and Content Creator. Oslo, Norway.
Joined November 2021
, Illustrator, Character Artist, and Content Creator

Explore color, texture, lighting, and layers to create memorable protagonists that tell a story with every detail

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  • 100% positive reviews (41)
  • 5968 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Explore color, texture, lighting, and layers to create memorable protagonists that tell a story with every detail



  • 100% positive reviews (41)
  • 5968 students
  • 19 lessons (3h 46m)
  • 24 additional resources (10 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
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  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever


“To draw memorable heroes, villains, or wizards, it is key to define what rules, culture, and community they encapsulate. “

Defining the worlds his characters live in is an essential part of Even Amundsen’s creative process. As an illustrator and character artist, he has worked for studios around the world on titles including Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.

In this online course, Even teaches you how to use worldbuilding to produce captivating character designs. Explore lighting, layers, color, and more to bring to life fascinating protagonists that tell a whole story at a glance.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Concepting the Character
  • U3
    U3. Drawing the Character
  • U4
    U4. Tidying Up and Expanding the Concept
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Begin the course by getting to know illustrator and character artist Even Amundsen. Discover the creative journey that led him to a full-time career as an artist, along with the influences that inspire him and the work he creates.

Take a look at characters and how to build them through detailed planning. Then define the constraints of the world your character lives in to develop their identity. Build a setting for them to stand on and use it to define your protagonist and their story.

Time to bring your character to life! Start by learning how to overcome creative blocks before making a start on the proportions and general construction of your figure. Then develop a line drawing and experiment with lighting to elevate your design. Choose a color palette that reflects the context your character lives inside.

Make any final adjustments and render your work. To wrap up the course, Even guides you through the process of building on the artwork you have created to get the most out of it.

What is this course's project?

Build and design a character in its own world, exploring color, light, layers, and more to capture its personality.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

The course is for anyone interested in designing compelling characters by exploring worldbuilding principles.

Requirements and materials

No previous experience is required.

You will need access to drawing materials, or image-making software if you prefer to work digitally.


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Even Amundsen

A course by Even Amundsen

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Illustrator, Character Artist, and Content Creator

Even Amundsen is a Norwegian illustrator, character artist, and content creator with over 12 years of experience in concept design. Growing up in a family of teachers and engineers meant that art wasn’t initially something he considered a career. He was able to focus on his creativity during high school though and discovered concept art, specifically at Einar Granum School for Arts and Crafts.

After graduating, he worked at Volta studio for three years, before moving to Prague to focus on freelance projects. He later landed his dream job working for Blizzard in California. Even has worked with various studios on titles including Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, and also shares his work with over 300K followers on Instagram.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • Influences
    • About Me
  • U2

    Concepting the Character

    • Treating the Character Like a Person
    • Defining World Constraints
    • Building the Setting
    • Defining the Character and the Context
    • Creating the Character: The Whole Funnel
  • U3

    Drawing the Character

    • Overcoming Creative Blocks
    • Constructing the Character: Proportions 1
    • Constructing the Character: Proportions 2
    • Line Drawing 1
    • Line Drawing 2
    • Lighting
    • Flat Colors 1
    • Flat Colors 2
  • U4

    Tidying Up and Expanding the Concept

    • Refining and Rendering 1
    • Refining and Rendering 2
    • Refining and Rendering 3
    • Building on What You Have
  • FP

    Final project

    • Concept Art: Character Design and Worldbuilding

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Concept Art: Character Design & Worldbuilding. Illustration course by Even Amundsen Best seller

Concept Art: Character Design & Worldbuilding

A course by Even Amundsen
Illustrator, Character Artist, and Content Creator. Oslo, Norway.
Joined November 2021
  • 100% positive reviews (41)
  • 5968 students