Drawing Animal Characters with Human Personalities

A course by Florian Satzinger , Character Designer

Character Designer. Graz, Austria.
Joined November 2021

Explore anatomy, perspective, volume, light, and shadow to bring human-like animal characters to life on the page

93% positive reviews (46)
1732 students
Audio: English
English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Explore anatomy, perspective, volume, light, and shadow to bring human-like animal characters to life on the page

Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Bugs Bunny, Scooby—some of the most iconic characters in the history of entertainment have one thing in common: they look like animals but behave like humans. This duality makes for relatable and eternally memorable animated stars. Award-winning character designer Florian Satzinger has harnessed the power of this dynamic to create universally recognized cartoon personalities, collaborating with household names like Warner Bros. and Disney.

In this online course, learn to draw human-like animals, from the first pencil sketch to the finished artwork in Photoshop. Florian walks you through his entire process, exploring depth, perspective, form, movement, lighting, and color. Design the characters that define your viewers’ childhoods and live on in their memories forever.

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What will you learn in this online course?

19 lessons & 13 downloads

Materials: Analog and Digital
5 minutes, 39 seconds
Lines and Layers
10 minutes, 25 seconds
Understanding the Canvas
8 minutes, 49 seconds
The Perspective Stage
5 minutes, 5 seconds
The Anatomy Laboratory
12 minutes, 33 seconds
  • 93% positive reviews (46)
  • 1732 students
  • 19 lessons (3h 20m)
  • 13 additional resources (4 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Illustrate a scene with two anthropomorphic characters interacting with each other.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Anyone who wants to draw captivating animal characters with human personalities.

Requirements and materials

No prior knowledge is required.

As for materials, you need a sketchbook, graphite and colored pencils, and a light table, as well as a graphics tablet with Photoshop if you prefer to work digitally.


1732 Students
46 Reviews
93% Positive ratings

Florian Satzinger

A course by Florian Satzinger

Teacher Plus
Character Designer

Florian Satzinger is an Austria-based character designer and visual development artist. Inspired by the classic, hand-drawn Disney films of his childhood, he went on to study fine arts and animation before launching his freelance career. After building a portfolio of advertising projects, he ventured into the animation industry, creating poster and cover art for Looney Tunes Magazine. Impressed by his illustrations, the Vice President of Walt Disney International contacted him and invited him to join the development team.

During his time at Warner Bros. and Disney, Florian collaborated on some of the most iconic cartoon characters in history, including Donald and Daisy Duck, Mickey Mouse, Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny, and Sylvester. He has also worked for businesses like The Zanuck Company, ReelFX, Space Age Films, Psyop, Ravensburger North America, Facebook, Budweiser, Coca-Cola, Red Bull, and Snapchat. In addition to the art he’s created for the animation and comic-book industry, he illustrates satirical cartoon caricatures that are regularly displayed in galleries like the Caricature Museum in Krems, Austria.


  • U1


    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2


    • Materials: Analog and Digital
    • Lines and Layers
    • Understanding the Canvas
    • The Reference Laboratory
    • The Perspective Stage
  • U3

    Designing the Characters

    • The Anatomy Laboratory
    • The Loose Lines and Line of Action
    • Adding Costumes and Props
    • Key Colors
  • U4

    Developing the Scene

    • Finding Positions
    • Creating the Lines
    • Adding Final Colors 1
    • Adding Final Colors 2
    • Creating the Scenery
    • Lighting and Shading
  • U5

    Final Details

    • Final Color and Clean-up Work
    • Closing Edits
  • FP

    Final project

    • Drawing Animal Characters with Human Personalities

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Drawing Animal Characters with Human Personalities. Illustration course by Florian Satzinger

Drawing Animal Characters with Human Personalities

A course by Florian Satzinger
Character Designer. Graz, Austria.
Joined November 2021
  • 93% positive reviews (46)
  • 1732 students