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The Basics of Digital Character Drawing

Illustrator, NESSI
  • Beginner
  • Photoshop
  • CharacterDesign
  • AudioKOR
  • SubENG
  • Total 25 videos
    Get 25 classes worth of exclusive tips and insights from illustrator NESSI.
  • Beginner Level
    Perfect for beginners. Learn digital drawing and how to complete a character using basic art theory.
    • Beginner Level
    • Oct 7 (PST) Special offer ends soon.
    • USD 224.50 USD 700.00 67% off

Illustrator, NESSI Class Description

Class Intro
Illustrator, NESSI

"Most people don't put much
thought into starting a drawing.
However, it's critical to think it though
and set up your perpective before you begin."

After taking this class, even beginner
level illustrators who've never used Photoshop
will be able to draw their own characters
by improving their basic understanding of
lines, contrast, light, and basic art.

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Chapter 22.
Color Combination Using the Color Box

1. Understanding various color combination theories, luminosity contrast, and color mood
2. Applying color combinations to a previously drawn character


Coloso Class Breakdown Details 1

Length: 25 videos
(21h 28m)
Difficulty: Beginner
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Video Details

Audio: Korean
Subtitles: English

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Software Required

Adobe Photoshop CC

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49 practice exercises
1 checksheet
70 brushes

NESSI's Profile & Portfolio

Coloso NESSI The Basics of Digital Character Drawing
Coloso NESSI The Basics of Digital Character Drawing
Coloso NESSI The Basics of Digital Character Drawing
Coloso NESSI The Basics of Digital Character Drawing
Coloso NESSI The Basics of Digital Character Drawing
Coloso NESSI The Basics of Digital Character Drawing


Hello, I'm Illustrator NESSI.
What I've learned while working on
game character illustrations
and international projects for over 10-years
is that there's nothing more
important than your basic fundamental skills.

From the basics of Photoshop
to solidifying skills through basic art theory
and applying it to commercial artwork.
You'll be able to improve your overall
skills in a balanced way.

Based on my years of experience
in drawing and lectures on illustrations,
we will go through the aspects
that may have felt troubling and difficult,
and go beyond the mere theory
of the work, allowing you to apply
the acquired skills to your actual drawings.

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Coloso NESSI

Freelance Illustrator

Projects & Awards

Lion Heart Studio - New Project
NCSOFT - Z/A2 Project
NEXON - Final Fantasy 11 Mobile
NEXON - Devcat - Mabinogi 2 / Mabinogi Duel / Ringtoss World Trip
NVIUS - Echo of Soul Online
seed9 - Magyechon Online
Npixel - Gran Saga
Netmarble - Seven Knights 2
Nexon Red - New Project
NCSoft - Lineage Red Knights
NCSoft - Blade & Soul Mobile
Yoozoo Games - League of Angels
SkyPeople - Final Blade
APPLIBOT - Trading Card Game
Entermate - Soul of Heroes
Zeonix - Fantasy Masters: Trading Card Game
Bluehole - X-Agency


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Class Highlights

Even if You've Never Used Photoshop Before, That's Ok

Learn the essential concepts for Photoshop work, including keys and layers, drawing pictures, and the editing process.

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Make Your Own Characters Using the Basics of Art Theory

Each lecture explains the basics of art theory through the curriculum. Create your own character and feel your skills improve.

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An Illustration Class Where You Can Learn Through Practice

Get results from each lecture by performing tasks suitable for the curriculum, such as adding skin to a skeleton, coloring using color boxes, and repeating the practice to make NESSI's insights your own.

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Class Details
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In-Depth Look

SECTION 01. Utilizing Photoshop Tools

01. Photoshop Accessories: Explanation & Comparison

  1. Pros & Cons: Cintiq, Mobile Studio Pro, Intuos, and iPad
  2. Finding the right accessories for youself
  3. The settings most companies use

02. Exploring Photoshop & Its Functions

  1. Figuring out the basic interface
  2. Understanding the essential shortcuts, layers, and learning how to modify shortcuts
  3. Run through on image sizes, resolutions, RGB/CMYK, and extensions

03. Drawing with Photoshop

  1. Brush, Lasso, Gradient, Mask
  2. The lock function, symmetry, shapes, etc.

04. Smoothing with Photoshop

  1. Filters, layer effects, clone stamp

05. Editing & Modifying with Photoshop

  1. Crop, resizing images, liquify, warp, fonts

06. Photoshop Tips

  1. Action key, history states, changing memory allocation, changing brush settings
  2. Saving and loading my interface settings
  3. Creating an animation using timeline

07. Bonus Lecture

  1. Explaining the basic use of the iPad PROCREATE app
SECTION 02. Necessary Design Basics

08. Intro

  1. Artist introduction and words from the artist
  2. How to control your focus
  3. Making use of a monthly/daily scheduler

09. Drawing Basics

  1. Understanding the various brushes
  2. How to use lines
  3. Creating three-dimensional figures with pen pressure

10. Practice Drawing What You See

  1. Observing by simplifying and converting the subject into simple shapes
  2. Using a guide grid to practice drawing
  3. Drawing the objects around you

11. Basic Perspective

  1. Studying perspective using figures
  2. Understanding perspective using simple props
  3. Drawing a 3D grid to understand three-dimensionality and planes
  4. Understanding and practicing perspective from a complicated positioning of props

12. Tone + Basic Lighting and Shadow

  1. Understanding tone, brightness and lighting
  2. Applying it to previous drawings of props
SECTION 03. Studying Anatomy for Character Design

13. Basic Understanding of the Face (+Hair)

  1. Basic understanding of facial anatomy
  2. Applying it to different types of faces including casual proportions
  3. Understanding the three-dimensional face using a perspective box

14. Simple Approach to Anatomy

  1. Smart/simple way to study the human body
  2. Introducing different ways to study

15. Basic Anatomical Theory on the Human Body

  1. Understanding the front, 45-degree angle, side, and back proportional structures
  2. Understanding chibi & casual life-size figures using 4 to 5 proportional structure
  3. Hand and feet theory

16. Studying Anatomy Using a Perspective Box

  1. Understanding high angles
  2. Understanding low angles
  3. Creating a three-dimensional human body using a perspective box

17. Studying Anatomy Using Rhythm Lines

  1. Understanding flow and direction using rhythm line analysis
SECTION 04. Designing Attractive Characters Using Costumes and Various Colors

18. Drawing Clothes Onto a Character

  1. Drawing clothes onto a drawing of the human body (1)
  2. Understanding the silhouette and perspective of an outfit
  3. Drawing clothes onto a drawing of the human body (2)
  4. Understanding how to apply wrinkles and shadows

19. Applying Learned Skills to Various Body Types

  1. Understanding déformer using various shapes
  2. Understanding various body types

20. Basic Color Theory

  1. Color wheel
  2. Understanding volume colors

21. Color Box Practice

  1. Understanding base color and point color using the color box
  2. Understanding how the color box changes according to lighting
  3. Understanding shadows and reflected light

22. Color Combination Using the Color Box

  1. Understanding various color combination theories, luminosity contrast, and color mood
  2. Applying color combinations to a previously drawn character

23. Understanding the Application of Color Techniques

  1. Explaining different coloring techniques such as shadow after combining colors/combining colors after shadow/glazing, etc.
  2. Practicing coloring a face after completing its color combination
  3. Practicing coloring a full -body character after completing its color combination

24. Understanding the Materials of Different Objects

  1. Understanding the materials: cloth, leather, silk, vinyl, metal, etc.
  2. Understanding various Brush/Layer effects
  3. Practicing coloring materials on previous drawings of props and illustrated characters
SECTION 05. Create Your Own Unique Character

25. Creating Your Own Unique Character Portrait

  1. Directing a character portrait (upper body)
  2. Expression, gesture, look, pose, prop details
  3. Coloring and adding effects
  4. Final wrap-up: Tips

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To whom do you recommend this class?

This would be a helpful class for those who are just getting started with Photoshop and drawing, and to those who have invested quite some time but are not getting the expected results, and those who simply wish to master the basics.

Would someone who doesn't know anything about Photoshop be able to keep up with the lecture?

Even those who have never used Photoshop will be able to enjoy drawing props and character depictions; color a character's face, full-body, costume, etc. Also, those unfamiliar with drawing the human body, including costumes and coloring, will learn to draw them with confidence.

How does practicing the basics help when working on an illustration?

You need to practice the basics to create high-quality results regardless of the style. Of course, practicing the basics could be considered boring since you aren't doing the flashy and cool work you expected. But personally, after 10-years of practicing the basics, I've become a freelancer that gets offers to partake in various collaborations both locally and globally.

Would you have anything to say to your potential students?

You'll be able to fix your bad habits using a checksheet while completing your practice exercises with me and learn to give yourself feedback through a scheduler. I've prepared multiple difficulty levels, just in case you get stuck on something while drawing. I'll be your teacher as well as your textbook, the one who will always be here to cheer you on for your future.

Required Programs

This course will use Wacom Intuos and Adobe Photoshop CC. Please purchase and install the latest versions of the programs for an optimized lecture experience.

*These programs and/or materials will not be provided with the lecture.


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