Fantasy Character Illustration with Japanese Influence

A course by Elena G. Bansh , Illustrator

Illustrator. Milán, Italy.
Joined November 2020

Learn to transform real-world inspiration into captivating characters designs influenced by Japanese culture.

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  • 529 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Learn to transform real-world inspiration into captivating characters designs influenced by Japanese culture.

A course by Elena G. Bansh

Enter the fascinating world of illustration and animation with Elena G. Bansh, a talented illustrator and animator with a deep passion for Japanese styles.

Influenced by her time living in Japan and her admiration for Japanese folklore, this online course guides you through the exploration of traditional and digital techniques to develop unique fantasy drawings.

You'll learn how to bring to life characters inspired by rich Japanese culture, from anime and manga to pop culture and traditional arts.

Elena will share her process for turning everyday experiences into artistic inspiration, allowing you to create characters with deep and meaningful stories.

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What will you learn in this online course?

17 lessons & 24 downloads

Materials and Tools
3 minutes, 4 seconds
Searching for References
9 minutes, 30 seconds
The Story Behind the Character
3 minutes, 32 seconds
Warm-up Exercises
12 minutes, 51 seconds
The Animal’s Head
7 minutes, 19 seconds
  • 100% positive reviews (6)
  • 529 students
  • 17 lessons (2h 31m)
  • 24 additional resources (10 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?

The final project of the course consists of creating a Japanese-style character, which will be inspired by your own experiences and brought to life by your imagination.

This character will be the result of applying both traditional and digital techniques learned during the course.

Who is this online course for?

This course is aimed at illustrators, animators, and anyone interested in Japanese culture and learning how its elements can be integrated into the creation of fantasy characters.

It is ideal for those seeking to deepen their knowledge of illustration and animation techniques, as well as for those who wish to incorporate a rich and diverse narrative into their works.

Requirements and materials

To participate in this course, it is recommended to have basic drawing skills.

Materials needed include paper, pencils, an eraser, an ink pen or Japanese ink pens, and access to digital painting software like Clip Studio Paint for the digital coloring portion.


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529 Students
6 Reviews
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Elena G. Bansh

A course by Elena G. Bansh

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Illustrator

Elena G. Bansh is an Italian illustrator and animator whose career has spanned from Italy to London, with a significant stint in Japan.

Educated in animation at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Italy and holding a master's degree in Visual Communication from the Royal College of Art in London, Elena has collaborated with renowned international clients such as NATURE, Apple, and BBC Science Focus.

Her work frequently delves into fantasy themes and is deeply influenced by her experiences in Japan. It has been recognized and awarded multiple times, showcasing her ability to weave stories through vibrant colors and memorable characters.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Introducing Japanese Characters

    • Character Design with Japanese Influence
    • Materials and Tools
    • Searching for References
    • The Story Behind the Character
    • Warm-up Exercises
  • U3

    Creating the Character Illustration

    • The Animal’s Head
    • Designing the Character’s Full Body
    • Thumbnails and Composition
    • Cleanup and Inking
    • The Background
  • U4

    Colors, Shadows, and Lights

    • Fixing the Composition
    • Coloring 1
    • Coloring 2
    • Shadows and Lights
    • The Animated Character Illustration
  • FP

    Final project

    • Fantasy Character Illustration with Japanese Influence

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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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Fantasy Character Illustration with Japanese Influence. Illustration course by Elena G. Bansh

Fantasy Character Illustration with Japanese Influence

A course by Elena G. Bansh
Illustrator. Milán, Italy.
Joined November 2020
  • 100% positive reviews (6)
  • 529 students