Character Illustration: From Concept to Final Artwork

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Character Illustration: From Concept to Final Artwork

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In Skillshare’s unique philosophy, everyone is a teacher, and everyone is a learner. Rather than a traditional lecture format, courses are offered within a global online learning community in which learners collaborate and learn by doing. Instructors are industry leaders who share their skills with anyone who wants to learn. No credits are offered. Founded by online entrepreneurs Michael Karnjanaprakorn and Malcolm Ong, Skillshare’s online “campus” was launched in April 2011. Its catalog h...
In Skillshare’s unique philosophy, everyone is a teacher, and everyone is a learner. Rather than a traditional lecture format, courses are offered within a global online learning community in which learners collaborate and learn by doing. Instructors are industry leaders who share their skills with anyone who wants to learn. No credits are offered. Founded by online entrepreneurs Michael Karnjanaprakorn and Malcolm Ong, Skillshare’s online “campus” was launched in April 2011. Its catalog has grown from 15 to more than 250 online courses that cover creative arts, entrepreneurship, branding and marketing, lifestyle and technology. The School of MakeOurMark, with courses in photography, illustration and tattooing, was launched in October 2013, and the School of Design went live the following month. Among the instructors who have taught courses are Seth Godin, founder of online marketing firm Yoyodyne, who teaches a class on entrepreneurship; DJ Young Guru, who leads a course on mixing and recording; and actor, writer and director James Franco, whose course focuses on screenwriting for short films. You can begin a Skillshare collaboration by taking an introductory course in a particular area to learn, for example, the fundamentals of Photoshop and expand your knowledge with a five-part, in-depth Photoshop series.

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Course Description

This class will teach you how to illustrate using shapes and color to define form, rather than inked outlines.

In this class I'll be taking you through my process of illustrating a character, starting with the concept, then moving into Illustrator to create the shapes, and finally, rendering it in Photoshop. I'll also talk briefly about texture and color adjustments.

What You'll Learn

  • Finding Inspiration. We'll discuss sources of inspiration and identify a project we're passionate about.
  • Character Concepts. We'll sketch out the initial idea of your character.
  • Building the Foundation in Illustrator.  The shape tool will help you build a foundation for your character.
  • Rendering in Photoshop. You'll use masks in Photoshop to render a detailed version of your character. 
  • Color Adjustment and Texture. You'll use color adjustment and texture tools to fine tune your project.

What You'll Make

This class...

This class will teach you how to illustrate using shapes and color to define form, rather than inked outlines.

In this class I'll be taking you through my process of illustrating a character, starting with the concept, then moving into Illustrator to create the shapes, and finally, rendering it in Photoshop. I'll also talk briefly about texture and color adjustments.

What You'll Learn

  • Finding Inspiration. We'll discuss sources of inspiration and identify a project we're passionate about.
  • Character Concepts. We'll sketch out the initial idea of your character.
  • Building the Foundation in Illustrator.  The shape tool will help you build a foundation for your character.
  • Rendering in Photoshop. You'll use masks in Photoshop to render a detailed version of your character. 
  • Color Adjustment and Texture. You'll use color adjustment and texture tools to fine tune your project.

What You'll Make

This class is perfect for the beginning artist, or even a professional one who's looking to learn a new style. Once the class is done, you'll have a fully illustrated pirate, (or other fun character of your choosing), to add to your portfolio.

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Becky Margraf

None/10 starsCompleted
7 years, 1 month ago
All of Matt's classes are great. Definitely worth the money and time to watch his process and hear his tips and tricks. A+!
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Rebecca Bliss

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7 years, 1 month ago
I really enjoyed this class. It was simple, not too long, and yet I felt that I learned and improved quite a bit. I am a Graphic Designer and I have never tried illustration before, so although you need a basic understanding of photoshop and illustrator, it is really quite simple to follow instructions and breathe some new life into illustrations.
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Nora ElGazzar

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7 years, 1 month ago
well at first i thought about taking that class just to freshen up basic design principles but it made a HUGE difference in the way i handle my design from sketch to finish! i can't believe i'm considered to be a "graphic designer" and never tried out these methods! great job Matt!
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Samantha Woods

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7 years, 1 month ago
An amazing class, I had so much fun and learned a lot!
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Sarah Multiverse

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7 years, 1 month ago
Phenomenal class! Highly, highly recommended; I learned so much. What I especially loved about this class is that the camera never leaves his computer screen -- you see everything that he does in exceptional picture quality, and he explains every task simply and clearly. This is a great class for those who learn by watching the process in action. Matt, thank you so much; I was a complete beginner to digital art, and you have added a host of skills to my arsenal that I thought were too complex for me to understand. I will definitely take more classes from you!
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Daniel Gomez

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7 years, 1 month ago
He goes through all the decision taking and procedures really thoroughly. Provides brushes to do similar artwork.
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Brigitta Kahn

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7 years, 1 month ago
This was fun! Also, even though I've been working in Photoshop & Illustrator professionally for over a decade, I learned some new workflow things and features that will help out in all my projects. Thanks, Matt!
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LittlePink Pebble

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7 years, 1 month ago
great beginner class and nice process and some of the tips were good too
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Maren Anna Johanna Bruin

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7 years, 1 month ago
This was so cool! Learned a lot of new things, like rendering in Photoshop. Thank you.
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Pam Rojas

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7 years, 1 month ago
I liked it very much! Easy to understand and great technique.
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Kelly Sherry

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7 years, 1 month ago
Thank you, Matt for offering this class! I really enjoyed seeing your creative process...and I have to say, I learned alot from it! I especially LOVED the texturing techniques, so thank you again, Matt! You're an absolutely AWESOME!
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Paula Ramos

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7 years, 1 month ago
Great class! Everything is very well explained.Thanks!!
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Justine Briatte

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7 years, 1 month ago
Bonjour je suis française et j'ai tout compris je suis vraiment contente d'avoir suivi cette formation je vais dés aujourd'hui m'entrainer ! merci beaucoup pour votre clarté et votre talent !
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Chris Buentello

None/10 starsCompleted
7 years, 1 month ago
Awesome class! lots of information to take in here. A really informative class on Character building.highly recommended. I hope he does more.
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Raquel Leite

None/10 starsCompleted
7 years, 1 month ago
I really enjoyed this course. Learnt tips and tricks in PS, I like how I can apply this to my own style. Gutted it finished...
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Kunal Alva

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7 years, 1 month ago
Excellent loved it will post my work Sir thanks a ton
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Marcelo Badari

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7 years, 1 month ago
I strongly recommend this class. It's very helpful and I learned a lot.
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Silvia Brandmeier

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7 years, 1 month ago
I'm a graphic designer but not so much an illustrator. I enjoyed learning the steps to create a fictional character from start to finish. It helps a lot to see a Pro doing it because it saves a lot of time knowing the direction and then being able to develop own projects without too much guessing what steps to take. I would also suggest an advice I read about cooking from books: first read/watch the whole process and then do it yourself step-by-step. That way your initial steps benefit from knowing the final result.
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Adel Loutfi

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7 years, 1 month ago
i learned a lot, classes were very thorough. definitely recommend!
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Melissa Iwai

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7 years, 1 month ago
Loved this class! I learned a lot about some techniques in Illustrator and Photoshop. And I have been using those programs forever, especially Photoshop. I also love the brush that Matt gives -- it's my favorite brush now. I usually don't paint or draw in Photoshop. I've been inspired to do more because of this class. I highly recommend it. :)
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Emma Pinnock

None/10 starsCompleted
7 years, 1 month ago
Strongly recommend this class for anyone wanting to learn the process of creating characters and a little bit on illustrator and photoshop. I really enjoyed the class and I learnt a lot about clipping masks in photoshop which I had not previously used. It has made me go out and get a wacom board and pen, and it has got me drawing each day again - so I can't ask for a better motivation. There are also a lot of very talented illustrators already in the class which can be very daunting but I think it also does move your own skills along as well.
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Evie Barrow

None/10 starsCompleted
7 years, 1 month ago
I really loved Matt's class. He's a great teacher with easy to follow and clear instructions. I have basic Photoshop rendering knowledge and found this class informative and fun. Without having a tablet/wacom I was still able to use the techniques taught and take a rough pencil and paper sketch and turn it into a finished Photoshop image.
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Maria Keller

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7 years, 1 month ago
Great class! The teacher is very good, provides feedback and explains the process in a simple way.
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Alexander Santos

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7 years, 1 month ago
An excellent course that opened my mind to various possibilities in my illustration work. Recommend!
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Daniel Ferenčak

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7 years, 1 month ago
Nice class, perfect for children books. The end result looks cute, colorful and textured:)
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T. Linklater

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7 years, 1 month ago
Loved the class! Matt didn't miss a thing! He was clear, concise and creative. Three C's that are key to any artistic instruction. Thanks so much, Matt for taking the time to create such an enlightening class. I am hoping that you do a few more.
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Mary Y.

None/10 starsCompleted
7 years, 1 month ago
If you're looking to explore a different style of illustration and thinking process, Matt's class can help you with that. From taking his class, it is helpful to already have some background in character design and Photoshop interface to make it a little easier to connect with some of the tools and concepts he talks about, but overall you'll have fun learning a new style!
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Jon Acuna

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7 years, 1 month ago
Initially I was intimidated by the student project gallery, but Matt's videos do a great job of walking you through each step (the feedback from everyone else helps too). Definitely recommend to those looking for a foundation for "their style," or a way to speed up their creative process.
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Jardeson Rocha

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7 years, 1 month ago
Awesome class. Really nice techniques and tips.
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Adam Stevens

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7 years, 1 month ago
Loved this class! I'm a graphic designer that is trying to understand the right way to illustrate and this class was extremely helpful. Great process and photoshop/illustrator tricks.
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