Welcome to Character Design Crash Course, a series of illustration classes meant for beginning cartoonists or intermediate character artists looking for a refresher.
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
What You'll Make
Once finished, you'll have a fully illustrated animal character to add to your portfolio!
What Students Are Saying
Really loved Melissa's relaxed way of presenting. It's almost as if she's sat beside you showing you her process rather than "lecturing" on the right way to do something which is a really nice approach. I'm pretty new to using photoshop so her tips will definitely come in handy.
- Natasha Chambers
LOVE this course - instructor actually does what few do - she explains how she gets from photo to cartoon and theory behind it - so I can do my own custom stuff - I really hope she does more character design courses!
- Anne Farrelly
This course will take your understanding and your drawing skills to a new level! It packs a ton of information for beginners, but does so with great clarity and clear, logical progression. The examples of how the artist progresses from reference photos to free drawing to exaggerated cartoon version of her chosen animals are a joy to follow! Very inspiring to go and do your own research and character development while (or after) watching this course!
- Stephanie Audry
Teacher was very fun, engaging, and full of joy, which made the learning process that much more enjoyable and easy to follow. Includes nuggets of wisdom, lists of helpful books and inspirational artists, as well as a demonstrated illustration to put everything together. Highly recommended!
- Josie M.
The teacher had some really great ideas on how to initially develop a character, learn about the proportions of the animal, and how to distort those proportions. I really enjoyed this class a lot and learned a lot from it! =)
- Ashley Cristiano
A very informative class that helps you step into learning about character design in a fun and inspiring way. Can't wait to get stuck in!
- Nina Mistry-Rhoades
Hi! My name's Melissa Lee, and I'm a designer and online art teacher living in the forests of Northern California. I majored in Studio Art in college, but graduated with a continued thirst for learning and improving my artistic skills, but couldn't justify the high price of further brick-and-mortar education. Instead, I discovered myriads of more affordable avenues of art education online, which eventually inspired me to start teaching myself, and I haven't looked back.
I'm currently in the process of becoming a full-time freelancer and art licenser, but in the meantime, I'm cultivating my love of sharing what I know, and encouraging others to nourish their creative side. I love patterns and character art and watercolor paintings. And also bees. Always bees.