In this class I’ll take you through my process of designing and illustrating an animal character, starting with finding inspiration and reference, then moving on to sketching and developing your concept, and finally, rendering it in Photoshop. I’ll also talk about the fundamentals of character design, and the importance of using reference and learning from other artists.
What You’ll Learn
Finding Inspiration and Learning from Other Artists: I’ll talk about studying the styles of other artists, how it helps you build your versatility, and the importance of being influenced by more than one artist.
Using Reference: I’ll talk about why using reference is key to improving your drawing skills, the best ways to use it to benefit yourself, and why it’s particularly essential when designing animal characters.
Developing Your Character: from rough sketches to more developed concepts
Rendering in Photoshop: blocking in base colors manually and with the pen tool, using the radial gradient tool to shade and highlight, using paths to make selections, and how paths and the lasso tool can aid in coloring
Color Adjustment and Texture: how to use color adjustments and texture tools to add interest to your drawing