Digital Drawing

Character Design 101: Color Rendering & Theory

By Tpiola

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28 lessons
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Character Design 101: Color Rendering & Theory

with Artist, Tpiola


Do you struggle with colors and rendering? I will teach you about form, values, and color to create a semirealistic character with a lot of personalities. Learning about color is very important for developing a unique style and appealing to the public on any social media.


This course is for everyone who enjoys digital art but normally feels overwhelmed by the number of tools professional programs have. For those who want to learn how to paint in a simple but convincing way. For those who like semi-realism that is commonly found in videogames.


By the end of the course, you will feel more comfortable with the color wheel, and you will be able to choose the right colors for shading your character. Your digital pieces will have more dimension and depth, which will improve your art greatly.

Step 1: Create an Original Character

Step 2: Sketching Using References

Step 3: Understanding Light and Form

Step 4: How to Render in My Style

Step 5: Developing Your Own Style & Improving in the Process

Important Notice: This is an early bird class! That means the production of this class is just starting. The curriculum is subject to change, and content may be uploaded sequentially based on the creator’s schedule to ensure that we provide the class in the best quality possible.


  1. Meet Your Instructor

  2. Introduction to the Course

  3. Introduction to the Program

Chapter 1: All About the Brushes

  1. Paint Tool SAI - Introduction
  2. Brushes that I Use the Most: The Magic of the Simple Round Brush!
  3. Brushes that I Use Less: Fancy Brushes

Chapter 2: Create a Character Using Different Inspirations

  1. How to Find Different Inspirations and Ideas
  2. Tips: How to Make Your Own Character Interesting and Appealing
  3. Develop & Design a Character Based on Inspirations and Ideas
  4. Draw a Character Using References

Chapter 3: Understanding Colors

  1. Color Theory I: Saturation and Value
  2. Color Theory II: Cold and Warm Hues
  3. Creating Personality Through Colors: Color Harmonies 

Chapter 4: Understanding Form

  1. The Importance of Understanding Forms (Why Lineart Isn't Necessary)
  2. Light and Shadow: How They Interact with Form
  3. Different Surfaces and their Reaction to Light

Chapter 5: Rendering Part I - Introduction

  1. What is Rendering? + Different Approaches to Rendering
  2. Difference Between Realism and Semi Realism
  3. My Own Rendering Technique
  4. Trouble Shooting: Common Mistakes that Beginners Make (Don't Over Do It!)

Chapter 6: Rendering Part II - Application

  1. Rendering Different Skin Tones
  2. Rendering Hair
  3. Rendering Clothes
  4. Rendering Metals

Chapter 7: Develop Your Own Style

  1. Improvisation and Photo Studies
  2. Developing a Personal Style Through Practice

Bonus Chapter: Extra Tips on Rendering

  1. Hands: Giving Extra Expression to Your Character


Congratulations on Completing the Course!

Meet Your Creator
Hi! My name is Paz Tapiola.
I always loved drawing as a kid, but it was never something serious until the age of 15 when I spent various months in bed due to an injury. During that time, drawing was the only thing I could do.
My passion for it started increasing more and more each day. I started drawing fan arts for my favorite books and, as soon as I could, I bought a digital tablet. Shortly after, I was drawing my own characters and accepting commissions and requests from people on the other side of the globe.
Now, I want to share what I learned during these past few years with the world.
  • This class uses Paint Tool SAI 2
  • But any illustration program such as Photoshop, Procreate, etc, would work.
  • Paint Tool SAI is a subscription-based paid software
  • To take this class, you need to have access to Paint Tool SAI
  • The class will fully cover how to use and apply the program

Duration of the course

You can access the class videos for 32 weeks. Within that period, you can replay the videos in as many devices as you want.

Important Notice

This is an early bird class! That means the production of this class is just starting. The curriculum is subject to change, and content may be uploaded sequentially based on the creator’s schedule to ensure that we provide the class in the best quality possible.

Earn points to Extend the Class Access

Receive points by completing chapter missions OR by taking the class two or more times a week. And use the points to extend your class access!

Installment Payment

Quadpay is available for the payment! Your order will be split into 4 installments paid over 6 weeks! To find out more, please visit Quadpay.

Class Preparation

We will need to download Paint Tool SAI before taking the class.

Class access

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