The Art Of 2D Character Design
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Want to create appealing 2D characters? If so, this course is for you. Kirk Wallace of Bonehaus Inc., will walk you through the process of creating original and appealing 2D characters. From sketch to color correction.
The Art Of 2D Character Design W/ Bonehaus Inc
Make better 2d characters.
Course Format: On-Demand Training
Skill Level: Beginner
Materials: Pencil, Paper, Ai & PSD
Duration: ~4 hours
Assignment: 2 Characters
Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of Adobe Illustrator
Learn To Create Appeal
Kirk Wallace has a unique approach to 2D character design. He brings a passion for storytelling into every character he creates. In this course, you’ll hear from Kirk about his approach and how he builds storytelling into his designs.
Project Based Workshop
Follow along with Kirk and design your own characters. Use the principles of shape language to create characters that tell a story the moment you look at them. You’ll also illustrate accessories and items relevant to your character.
Refine Your Vector Art
In this workshop, Kirk will show you how to create high-quality vectors in Illustrator and post-process in Photoshop. Follow his entire process to see how he quickly executes character designs.
Included in this course
What you'll learn
A big emphasis in Kirk’s work is back story. This is a key ingredient to making characters with personality and appeal. Through a series of interviews and case studies we’ll examine Kirk’s approach in detail.
The classic fundamentals of shape language are always at play in good character design. In this course there is an emphasis on using shape language in a simplified and straight forward manner.
Don’t waste time looking for too much reference. Kirk will show you how to be strategic in using a reference to complement your established vision of a character.
You will see the tips, tricks, and even 3rd party plug-ins Kirk uses to speed up his work in Illustrator. Since Motion Design often requires vector-based art, becoming more proficient in Illustrator is valuable.
Kirk will show you how he uses Photoshop to add texture and enhance color. Adding that extra grit to your illustrations is a great way to compliment solid vector shapes.
Photoshop is a powerful tool for illustrators who start with vector art. Kirk will show you his process of adding a lighting pass to an illustration using simple tool in Photoshop.
Throughout this workshop, you’ll be engaged in hands-on learning right from the start. Follow along with Kirk as he progresses through the stages of design and create your own original characters. A great exercise and potential portfolio piece.
We believe feedback is the best way to improve.
Get constructive feedback on your work assignments by uploading your projects on Discord in the course dedicated channel. Tag @review in your message to notify one of our teaching assistants and we will get back to you with a written critique.
Kirk Wallace - BoneHaüs
Illustrator & Creative Director
Specializing in the world of illustration fused with graphic design among thousands of other ingredients, there’s always a strong focus on strategic solutions executed in an unexpected, unique, and exciting way.
I’ve had the fortune to work with a wide range of clients from boutique small businesses diligently over the course of months, to large ad agencies and corporations on tight deadlines. Each project a success, pleasure, and privilege.
9 years to date; 3 as a creative director helping scale a startup from four employees to over thirty and 6 years a freelancer. The last 4 fully independent. BFA in Computer Science and later an MFA in Illustration. All baked in 20 years of skateboarding to discipline the chaos.
Join a supportive community
When the video training ends, the conversation continues on our Discord Server. This platform allows us to engage with you while you’re working throughout the workshop.
Bundle up our character design courses!
This compilation of courses is designed with 2D artists in mind. You get everything you need to improve your character design skills.
Learn the fundamentals of character design and create more appealing and original characters.
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The Art Of 2D Character Design
Learn a professional production workflow.
Learn a professional workflow.
Engage in a hands-on workshop.
Create better looking 2D Characters.
Why This Course?
This course is designed to help artists become more confident and creative when creating 2D characters. There is great potential for motion designers to incorporate original vector based characters in their own work.
Is there A Live forum?
Yes. Registering for this workshop will give you access to the MoGraph Mentor Discord forum. There you can ask questions, post work and share resources with the wider community.
What will I know by the end?
How to generate a concept for a character and execute it using the principles of shape language. You will know the process from pencil sketch to final artwork.
What skill level do I need to start?
If you have a basic grasp of Illustrator, then you’ll be able to follow this course. If you have never used Adobe Illustrator before then this course is not for you.
Can I Share My Work And Get Feedback?
Yes! Access our 24/7 Discord community and share your creations from this class or any other.
Is there some animation training included in this course?
No. This course exclusively focuses on creating 2D character illustrations.
When does it start?
You can start the course as soon as you enroll in it. Learn at your own pace and go back to previous videos as much as you want.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like – across any and all devices you own.
Can I communicate with the mentor?
Yes! Join our Discord forum and ask questions directly.