Character Design with Story

Character Design with Story

Design characters that are fun to look at and to make

You can create the most beautiful character in the world, but if there is little thought behind it, it just won't be that interesting. That's what we're tackling in this class—the difference between making pretty pictures and ones that generate real attention. By putting thought in before we draw and using the power of questions, we'll go over how simple it is to see leagues of improvement in your characters.

Together we'll be covering:

  • Why adding backstory to characters makes all the difference
  • The interesting observations about character design that came from having many of you draw pirates
  • How to make unique characters that are more fun to make and to look at
  • How great artists use story in their work
  • How to apply story to everything that isn't a character as well

What the 1,000+ people who have taken it are saying

"Really makes you think, which is good!! No more brainless art for me and art with an idea definitely goes farther than anything else."

"I have been searching all over for a class about concept and this one is amazing."

"I absolutely recommend it! This class teaches you how to deepen all the aspects of your art, even if it's not a character. It makes all the difference!"

Why learn on Happy Faces on Everything?

  • Every course has been created with the intention of helping designers improve their illustration skills. If that's you and what you're looking for, you can't get more specific than that.
  • I don't believe you need hours upon hours of video to learn a technique. In fact, I've gone to great lengths to make these courses succinct and to the point—this way you spend less time watching and more time making.
  • The best way to learn is by doing. Because of this, every course includes a class project designed to have you truly internalize what you're learning.
  • I know that not everyone can take an in-person art course. So in order to bring that useful knowledge to you, I continue to be a student myself. Armed with this education, I distill only the necessary information into what you'll find on this site.
  • There is a community of 400+ to look to when you're stuck. So while you may be watching the course on your own, you certainly have classmates to turn to.

    This course originally appeared on Skillshare and remains accessible as a premium member.