Digital Drawing

Creating Appealing Character Designs: Color Theory and Reference

By Fenneroux

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28 lessons
Running time
6h 08m
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Digital Illustration for Illustrative Character Design

Learn Digital Drawing for Character Designs with
Artist, Fenneroux

Do you have a perfect image of a character in your head that you just can’t bring to life on paper? In this course, learn how to flesh out your ideas to design dynamic character illustrations. You will begin to master how to further your ideas to create strong designs and narratives using engaging color palettes and visual references.
This course will cover the usage of color theory to create atmosphere and lines for line art, texture, and shading. Additionally, the ins and outs of digital art programs will be discussed. This course functions as a primer into Clip Studio Paint, a program with a wide variety of useful tools that are designed to be accessible to beginners. From building the basics of anatomy into your skill set to creating dynamic and appealing poses and compositions, this course will set a solid foundation for any novice looking to improve in digital art.
This course is designed for any beginners with an interest in digital art and drawing characters. Using digital tools, you will learn how to build a piece that best enhances your original concept and gain an understanding of art fundamentals. You will learn how to draw from reference with precision and how to manipulate brushes for a wide range of visual effects. We will cover the basics of creating a harmonious color palette, as well as the 3D nature of color and how to best utilize the color wheel and layer mode filters to create the atmosphere you want for your piece.
Throughout this course you will gain insight into the process of developing a character design in illustration. By the end of this course you will have learned how to use visual references to add greater dimension to your ideas, as well how to depict accurate anatomy and realistic form. You will have learned how various brushes and settings impact a character's design, and how to use them to create crisp line art. You will gain an understanding of color and how to use it to craft a variety of appealing palettes. Ultimately, you will learn how to unify all of the above elements to create a unique character-driven illustration.

Step 1: Observational Skills

Step 2: Elements of Art and Design in Character Art

Step 3: Color Theory - Making Palettes

Step 4: Digital Brush - Line Art Techniques

Step 5: Basic Background Design - Perspective

Step 6: Showing a Narrative for Your Character


  1. Meet the instructor: Fenneroux!
  2. Introduction to the course
  3. Introduction to illustrative character design

Chapter 1: The Overview of Clip Studio and Character Design

  1. Introduction to Clip Studio
  2. Basic Elements of Art and Design
  3. Character Design with Intention

Chapter 2: Observational Skills and Reference

  1. Choosing References
  2. Using Line Measurement and Shapes
  3. Adding Details and Building Visual Library
  4. Illustrating Face, Body, Anatomy
  5. Illustrating Clothes

Chapter 3: Make Concept Into A Reality

  1. Advancing Your Original Ideas
  2. Concepting: Using Clip Studio Assets
  3. Working with Line-Art
  4. Mark-Making & Conveying Weight, Form, Texture

Chapter 4: Color Theory

  1. Looking at the Color Wheel
  2. Learning Value, Hue, Saturation & Chroma
  3. Studying Psychological Association with Color

Chapter 5: Shading, Lightning, and Atmosphere

  1. Deciding the Atmosphere
  2. Adding Shading & Value
  3. Finishing Touches

Chapter 6: Creating Environment

  1. Using Perspectives
  2. Utilizing Clip Studio 3D Assets
  3. Adding Propsm Personality, and Character to Your Design

Chapter 7: Building a Narrative

  1. Organizing Ideas for Personality, Settings, Story, etc
  2. Putting the Story Together

Bonus Chapter

  1. How I Found my Personal Style


1. Congratulations on Completing the Course

About the Instructor


Hey there!
I go by Fenneroux, and am currently a university student on a gap year, though I’ll be attending the Rhode Island School of Design next year to further my studies in art. I’ve taken classes in a variety of arts disciplines, from figure drawing and illustration to ceramics and mixed media. Along with this traditional background, I’ve been teaching myself how to use digital art programs for the past half decade and am currently most adept in Clip Studio Paint. I’ve grown an online platform chronicling the growth of my abilities in digital art, from awkward beginnings in Photoshop to where I am now. I’ve been primarily focused on sharing character driven pieces, and I’m glad to have this opportunity to share what I’ve learned with others.

Q: How did you first start doing what you do?

I doodled a clown face with a ballpoint pen once when I was a toddler, and this single small instance kicked off a lifetime interest. I’ve always loved to draw throughout my childhood, creating my own characters and stories. I eventually stumbled onto online art communities, where I was inspired by the work of others to improve myself. From this impetus I’ve become an active part of the Instagram art community, and have continued to develop my skills through a variety of formal arts training and curriculums.
  • People who want to learn illustrating with Clip Studio Paint
  • People who are already familiar with using Clip Studio Paint
  • People who want to learn how to unify creative elements to create unique character designs
  • People who want to enhance their understanding in 3D nature of color and be able to create diverse color palettes

Duration of the course

You can access the class videos for 20 weeks. Within that period, you can replay the videos in as many devices as you want.

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

You will need to download Clip Studio Paint on your drawing tablet to take this class.

Class access

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