Retro Character Design for Animation

A course by Venturia Animation Studios , Animation Studio

Animation Studio. Bogota, Colombia.
Joined June 2019

Learn to design characters by recreating the styles of the golden age of animation

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% positive reviews (245)
  • 4168 students

Learn to design characters by recreating the styles of the golden age of animation

Think back to the classic cartoons that once dominated our Saturday morning TV screens. That nostalgia can act as a major catalyst when it comes to creating, and it’s precisely what motivates Juan Manuel Urbina, director and founder of Venturia Animation Studios in Colombia.

In this online course, analyze different ages of cartoon styles ranging from the 20s to the 60s. Then, choose your favorite era and follow its standard practices to design your own series of characters.

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What will you learn in this online course?

18 lessons & 10 downloads

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% positive reviews (245)
  • 4168 students
  • 18 lessons (2h 1m)
  • 10 additional resources (3 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Choose one of the periods analyzed throughout the course and design a character lineup that fits that era.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Anyone interested in the world of animation who wants to broaden their character design skill set.

Requirements and materials

Basic knowledge of drawing, especially of the human figure, is required. As for the materials, you need paper, pencils, a tablet, and a computer with software that allows you to draw, such as Adobe Photoshop.


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Venturia Animation Studios

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Juan Manuel Urbina is the director and founder of Bogotá-based Venturia Animation Studios. He's also an expert at telling exciting stories using a blend of classic animation and 3D. Venturia Animation Studios has worked on projects for Netflix, HBO, Warner Brothers Records, and Walt Disney World, among others.


  • U1


    • The adventure begins!
    • Venturian influences. Venturia's favorites.
    • The route of our trip. What will we do in the course?
  • U2

    Cartooning: the backbone of character design

    • The cartooning for Venturia. Definition of cartooning.
    • 3 basic principles of cartooning. The backbone of the course.
    • Volumetric vs. Graphic. Two sides of the same coin.
  • U3

    20's (rubberhose)

    • Rubberhose Beginnings of the golden age of American animation.
    • Time to deconstruct! Mickey vs. Felix | Popeye and Oliva.
    • Let's design your first character. 20's.
  • U4

    40's (Preston Blair)

    • Preston Blair The master of volumetric style.
    • Time to deconstruct! Mickey of the 40's, Snow White Dwarf and Bugs Bunny.
    • Let's take your character to the 40's. From the 20's to the 40's.
  • U5

    50's-60's (Cubism cartoon)

    • Cubism cartoon. The "modern" cartoon.
    • Time to deconstruct! Pedro Flintstones, Robotina and Dexter.
    • Let's take your character to "modernity." From the 40's to the 50's-60's.
  • U6

    Ink & Paint

    • Complementary characters Let's complete your character line-up.
    • Ink The first step of the last step.
    • Paint The second step of the last step.
  • FP

    Final project

    • x 30s style animation

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Retro Character Design for Animation. 3D, Animation & Illustration course by Venturia Animation Studios

Retro Character Design for Animation

A course by Venturia Animation Studios
Animation Studio. Bogota, Colombia.
Joined June 2019
  • 98% positive reviews (245)
  • 4168 students