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Illustrator ne-on, known for her unique and lively artworks, shares her character drawing methods from the basics and beyond..
These techniques will help you add a "refreshing" charm to the character and explore color adjustment methods using blue tones.
Even if you are new to drawing character illustrations, you can easily create an adorable and beautiful illustration.
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Why Take This Class?
This course will teach you how to draw appealing characters using an easy-to-follow, step-by-step process.
We will mainly focus on learning a wide range of methods. These include establishing necessary concepts and compositions, posing figures in accordance with their environment, using other expression techniques, and selecting colors in a unique way.
By the end of this course, you will also learn how to finalize your work with blue tones, completing your very own character.
8 Class Exercises
Methods of Depicting Faces
Methods of Depicting Hair
Coloring Methods for Different Body Parts
Character Design Tips
Expressing through Pose & Concept
Drawing Realistic Rough Sketches
Coloring Techniques for Light and Shadow
Adding Finishing Touches
Hello, this is freelance illustrator ne-on.
I mainly create illustrations for social media games, and have recently been working on a number of illustrations for VTubers.
In this class, you will learn how to draw cute character illustrations that I taught myself to create while working.
Additionally, I will provide tips to address the concerns of newcomers to illustration.
Projects & Awards
Numerous Virtual YouTuber Character Designs and Merchandise Illustrations
Numerous Mobile Game Character Illustrations
Numerous Light Novel Cover Illustrations
Numerous TCG (Trading Card Game) Illustrations
Draw Stunningly Adorable Female Characters
Illustrator, ne-on will provide a clear and concise explanation of the basics of drawing cute female characters. This includes tips on how to balance their facial features and create attractive hairstyles. In addition, she will provide detailed instructions on essential elements for creating a cute character, such as charming expressions and selecting props and costumes that fit their concept.
Character Expression Through Pose & Concept
You will acquire a range of skills starting from the preparatory stages, such as establishing scenarios or compositions. This includes setting appropriate character poses for scenarios and mastering the art of conveying suitable gestures. Additionally, you will learn the key points of coloring each part through realistic physical expression methods.
Creating an Illustration That Really Pops
ne-on will share tips on how to create a clear and clean illustration of female characters. Specifically, she will explain how to choose and adjust colors that make the illustration feel fresh, how to utilize translucency characteristics to create visual effects, and how to finalize your work by using blue tones.
Tips for Drawing a Cute Face ShapeLearn how to achieve facial balance and depict facial features from different angles to create cute face shapes. In addition, ne-on will provide a clear explanation of how to draw hair that adds charming expressions and sets the mood for a character.
Drawing Methods for Balanced Body ProportionsLearn how to portray body types that are suited for characters by mastering the technique of balancing a 2D body. Additionally, gain the ability to illustrate balanced body proportions by understanding the important aspects of full-body coloring and sectional coloring.
Establishing the Concept of an IllustrationTo develop the concept of the illustration, you will start by considering the situation and lighting, and creating a preliminary draft. In addition, you'll explore charming poses and gestures, and evaluate the pros and cons of including backgrounds in the drawing.
Coloring Techniques for Light and ShadowWith step-by-step demonstrations, ne-on will guide you through the entire process of coloring techniques for light and shadow. This includes starting from the base color and progressing to the main color. Additionally, you will learn important aspects to consider when trying to depict three-dimensionality, as well as effective brush techniques.
Cheating a Radiant LookExplore the process of selecting colors and focusing on blue tones to enhance your work. Additionally, we will discuss techniques for creating clear and translucent images that effectively convey your character's mood and the desired effects in an illustration.
Make Your Characters Stand OutWe will explore perspective, direction, and line-drawing techniques to enhance the character's prominence. Additionally, we will learn about adjusting the color tones and contours of the background to prevent the character from blending in, along with a variety of effects to boost its appeal.
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SECTION 01. OT
- Overview of the class
- Mindset for drawing illustrations
SECTION 02. Basics of Drawing Cute Characters: Face
02. Achieving Facial Harmony
- Balance: front view & side profile
- Balance: diagonal view
03. Drawing Faces from Different Angles
- Face viewed from above (downward angle)
- Face viewed from below (upward angle)
04. Drawing Pretty Hairstyles
- Basic approach to hair depiction
- Drawing hair practically
05. Coloring Face and Hair
- Line art before coloring
- Face coloring
- Hair coloring
SECTION 03. Basics of Drawing Cute Characters: Body
06. Balancing the Body
- Balance: body depiction
- Suitable body balance for characters
07. Highlight Character Features with Color
- Full body coloring
- Coloring the collarbone and abdomen
- Coloring armpits and hands
SECTION 04. Basics of Drawing Cute Characters: Expressions and Costumes
08. Creating Captivating Expressions
- Trying out various expressions
- Drawing expressions suitable for the situation
09.Designing Costumes and Props
- Selecting costumes and props to add cuteness
- Tips on character design
SECTION 05. Creating Illustration Compositions Through Concepts
10. Composition: Environment and Lighting
11. Composition: Cute Poses and Gestures
12. Illustrating a Background
- Pros and cons of illustrations with backgrounds
- Creating a background that highlights the character
SECTION 06. Rough Draft Creation
13. Rough: Realistic Body Expressions & Poses
- Preparing references based on concepts
- Drawing rough character sketches while considering realistic body expressions and poses
SECTION 07. Coloring
14. Base Color Work Before Coloring
- Setting up lighting based on the concept
- Applying shadow base color
15. Character Coloring
- Coloring hair and skin
- Costume coloring
SECTION 08. Finishing Touches
16. Choosing Colors to Express a Vibrant Look
- Color selection for conveying a fresh vibe
- Adjusting overall color tone
17. Enhance Your Work With Finishing Touches
- Finishing work with translucency in mind
- Finishing work using blue tones
18. Highlighting the Character
- Maintaining perspective
- Adjusting lines
- Adjusting hair, highlights, & adding details
19. Background and Effects
- Background blur effect
- Adding overall effects
SECTION 09. Supplementary Chapter
20. Supplementary Chapter
- Drawing standing CGs
- Path to improve illustration skills
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** Class videos may be seperated for a more streamlined viewing experience
What would you say are your strengths or distinguishing features compared to other classes?
I often receive compliments on my illustrations for their "airy and ethereal quality," so I think that might be my strong suit. In this course, I have focused on sharing techniques to bring out that ethereal essence in your artwork. I have added tips to help you make noticeable progress in an easier way.
What are the challenges faced by those studying this field, and how will they be addressed in this class?
Capturing characters in accurate, three-dimensional drawings can be difficult. In this course, we prioritize creating illustrations using references rather than solely relying on drawing techniques. This approach can help reduce concerns in that area. Drawing from my experience of receiving evaluations on my illustrations, I aim to assist those who feel frustrated by a lack of recognition despite their skill in drawing.
What are your thoughts on the marketability and future prospects of the illustration field?
With the growing discussions about the utility of AI, I believe that its use in streamlining processes like aligning client expectations can save time and prove convenient. However, I don't think that AI will eliminate the need for illustrators and with the rise in smartphone use among youth, people may find the transition to digital illustration much easier, so it's likely that the number of aspiring illustrators will continue to increase in the future.
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- CLIP STUDIO PAINT EX (Ver. 1.13)
- Photoshop 2022 (Ver. 23.5.3)
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