Illustrated Character Design and World Creation
Illustrated Character Design and World Creation : There’s creativity within you and within everybody. But even though a creative mind may have all the tools it needs to conceive something great, creative blocks are real, and escaping them requires work. In this course, illustrator and character designer Nathan Jurevicius will shake up your creative juices by sharing his personal approach to creating unique and meaningful illustrated characters and how to envision the worlds they inhabit.
Discover the basics on getting inspired and learn a special way of developing characters that have a rich backstory. Through the exercises he proposes, not only will you become a better draftsman and illustrator, but also a more resourceful creative.
You will begin this course discovering Nathan Jurevicius’ background, how his career evolved, and the influences and philosophies that shape his work.
Nathan discusses his ideas on creativity, looking at best practices in gathering diverse information and cohesively displaying it to form thought maps. Examine what makes a good idea and how to generate them. He will show you his personal approach to help sharpen your skills in character and world-building using theoretical and practical methods that will ultimately make you a better creator.
Nathan demonstrates his personal way of formulating characters and their worlds from idea seeds and provides practical exercises to help you generate your own engaging universe.
As the course progresses you will learn the steps to what makes a good character and how to envision the environment it lives in. Take your concepts to the next level following Nathan’s technical process from thumbnail sketches to finished artwork using various mediums.
Completing an image is not the final stage of a project. In the final unit, Nathan discusses how to look objectively at your work, determine what you could improve or have done differently, and how to go about applying the project to real-life applications. To finish the course, he will give you tips and advice on keeping your passion burning in your personal and professional life.
What is this course’s project?
You will create a unique character and its world through ideation and practical exercises that can be applied to various media.
Who is it for?
The course is aimed at students and professionals of all levels looking for proven ways to unblock their creativity and expand their skills in original character development and world design.
This course is suited for Illustrators, toy designers, writers, filmmakers, fine artists, animators, and anyone needing an invigorating jumpstart with their personal projects and wanting to know how to create meaningful, engaging characters that stand out from the crowd.
What you need
You will need basic drawing skills for some lessons.
As for materials, you will need a sketch pad, notebook, plasticine, scissors, and paper. You will also need a drawing medium of your choice: pencils, pens, markers, or a digital surface such as an iPad.
During the development stages of the course, Nathan will be playing with various traditional mediums but will focus on using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop for the final project. It’s not a requirement to have these programs but they will come in useful if you want to copy his exact workflow.
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