Learn to design fun characters based on everyday elements and apply them to a range of products
The creation of a character involves a creative process of work, especially since it is a character with a commercial purpose. When a character represents a product, it also represents the values of a brand and, of course, the product itself with its intrinsic properties. The illustrator, publicist and author Raeioul is an expert in capturing all the properties and qualities of a product in his funny characters.
In this course, Raeioul will teach you to create a series of illustrated characters inspired by a range of products, to digitally illustrate them using Adobe Photoshop and to find an application in a product.
About this course
You will begin the course by meeting Raeioul, Raúl with all the vowels, an illustrator freelance , editor and author. You will know its history, why, although it is a publicist by profession, he chose another path; and you will also see its influences.
As a course project, you will create characters based on a product or range of products. To do this, you will start by choosing a theme that will inspire the creation of your characters. You will do a brainstorming with keywords, in a concrete way that Raul will teach you. From there your 3 characters will come out.
Next, you will begin your research phase. You will save the reference images in a folder; It will also help you to have the product you are going to rely on.
To sketch! You will see some tips on what to consider in the first minibocets of each character, of various positions and with different expressions.
Finished the sketch and defined your idea, expression and position, you will pass it to Adobe Photoshop. You will import the references you searched for to your canvas. You will draw with a little detailed brush each part in a different layer to easily edit the sketch. Then, with a more precise and small brush, you will make the line again.
Raúl will explain how to define your colors, as well as technical specifications of light and color or external resources. You will create a palette ad hoc for each character, inspired by the product and references.
You will digitize with the pen. You will trace the drawing in layers and you will keep them. You will see how to modify brushes in Photoshop to get certain effects and textures. Then, you will give volume to your characters, defining where the light comes from. You will learn tricks and the fundamental tools to get the brightness.
Finally, you will work on the packaging of your illustrations to present your project, being able to help you with mockups of products. You will add some details like the background, and some typography with the brand name, et voilà : you will already have your product!
What is this course's project?
In this course you will make three illustrated characters based on a range of products, conserving the graphic unit through color and style of illustration.
Who is it for?
To students, professionals or simply, to anyone who wants to learn how to create characters from scratch, and who likes to draw with more or less skill.
What you need
You will need a small notebook, a pen or pen, basic knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, a computer with Photoshop installed, and it will be very useful to have a graphics tablet.
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Raeioul, is a publicist by profession, although he has been dedicated to illustration since 2007. He has worked for advertising, editorials, magazines, digital content, comic books and children's books; But what he likes to do most is illustrated characters, both for clients and for personal projects. Raeioul Incorporated, its editorial and illustrated product project, is born from the latter.
Since 2010 he has taken his illustrations to products: postcards, stickers, magnets, paintings, t-shirts, etc. Raeioul's style is simple, colorful, fun and with hints of humor.