Designing Animal Characters

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