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(Retired) Design and Art Learning Paths Tutorials and Training
This learning path takes you from the fundamental knowledge that every character artist needs to know all the way through character conceptual workflows directly from artists working in today's hottest studios. Regardless of whether you're working in the industry designing characters for the next blockbuster movie or game, or if you're an aspiring artist wanting to better your character design skills, with the tutorials in this learning path you'll get step-by-step instruction on a wide variety of character design styles and techniques that will help you be ready for whatever your next project may be.
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21 Courses
52h 35m
Drawing the Lower Body
1h 34m
Drawing the Arms and Hands
Drawing the Human Head
59m 25s
Drawing Facial Features
1h 39m
How to Draw Eyes in Photoshop
4h 28m
Drawing Life Through Line and Form
1h 25m
Q: What software programs are used in this learning path? A. The two primary applications used in this learning path are Illustrator and Photoshop. This learning path doesn't focus on teaching you how to use the software but rather uses the software to teach techniques that can be applied to any of the industry-standard illustration programs. Because this learning path doesn't teach you how to move around in Illustrator and Photoshop, it definitely will be helpful if you are already familiar with Illustrator and Photoshop before starting this learning path. If you aren't familiar with these programs, we'd recommend checking out the Adobe Illustrator learning path and the Adobe Photoshop learning path prior to starting this learning path.
Q. Do I need to know how to draw to follow along with this learning path? A. This learning path focuses on teaching you character design and as such doesn't focus on the fundamentals of drawing. It is recommended that you are familiar with drawing prior to starting this path. If you'd like to get familiar with some of the fundamentals of digital drawing, you can learn that with the Design and Art: How to Get Started learning path.
Q: What is a learning path? How do I use them? A. Learning paths are a series of courses organized into levels for easier organization. We recommend that you start with the first course in level one and work your way through all of the courses and levels sequentially. You can view all of our learning paths by clicking this link.
Q: What if the version of the software in the tutorial is different than what I have? Can I still follow along? A. Yes! While there are certainly new tools and features that get added with each new version of any software, a majority of the core techniques taught are the same and can be transferred easily from version to version.
Q: Do I have to follow along with the tutorial? Can I work on my own project? A. The ultimate goal is to be able to transfer the techniques and tools you've learned in this learning path to your own projects. While everyone learns at a difference pace, we recommend a three-step process before trying to apply the techniques to your own projects. The first step is to watch each tutorial and take notes along the way. Secondly, watch the tutorial and follow along trying to replicate each step in the tutorial. Lastly replicate the project from the tutorial on your own trying not to watch the tutorials as much as possible. This helps to ensure that you not only are able to replicate what was taught in the tutorial but that you understand the techniques and tools that were used so you can then transfer them to your own projects.
Q. What if I don't use Illustrator or Photoshop? Can I follow along in my favorite software? A. While we highly recommend using Illustrator and Photoshop to follow along with this learning path, many of the core fundamentals can be ported to another piece of software if you are familiar with that software. However, because there are many features used throughout this learning path that are specific to Photoshop, we would recommend that if you are following along in another piece of software that you are already comfortable with that software.
Q. Where do I go after completing this learning path? A. After completing this learning path, you will have a good understanding of a wide range of techniques currently being used to create characters for movies and games. If you want to expand your knowledge, we'd recommend checking out some of our other Design and Art learning paths to better your artistic skills.