Starts on August 26th

Strange and Charming Characters with Color Pencils and Watercolor

By Joy San

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43 lessons
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Strange and Charming Characters with Color Pencils and Watercolor

with Artist, Joy San


This class will be focused on color pencil techniques (with the aid of watercolors) that will emphasize depth and texture in character illustration. Students will learn the fundamentals of how to color pencil, watercolor, and paperwork together as a traditional medium and the tips and tricks to achieve the best final illustration.


This class is ideal for anyone who wants to learn some color pencils and watercolors’ fundamentals and push their creativity. The technique is not the only important part, but learning how to pull an idea from your brain to paper is too!


By the end of the course, students will better understand the medium and learn how to move inspiration to paper, drawing on the instructor's bases of unique and funky characters. Students will then be able to use what they learned to develop their unique style.

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 materials

Chapter 1: Introduction to the Materials

  1. Color Pencils - Texture and depth
    • My shading techniques
    • Prismacolor vs. other brands
    • Do's and Dont's
  2. Watercolor - Washes
    • Creating flat washes
    • Sakura Koi Watercolors vs. other brands
    • Do's and Dont's
  3. Paper - Tooth is key
    • Cold Press Watercolor Paper
    • Mixed Media Paper
  4. The Rest of the Materials - They're important too!
  5. Combining it all in perfect harmony in a little demo together!

Chapter 2: Let's Draw a Witch

  1. Creating a witchy character from sketch to clean pencil
  2. Picking colours and laying the watercolor base
  3. Rendering a face (eyes, lips, and nose)
  4. Rendering skin
  5. Rendering hair
  6. Rendering clothes and accessories
  7. Final Touches and final thoughts - the importance of a sharp color pencil!

Chapter 3: Let's Draw a Werecat

  1. Let's create the Werecat
  2. Laying the watercolor base from a reference
  3. Rendering the mouth and teeth
  4. Rendering the fur and claws
  5. Rendering blood and guts
  6. Final touches - Let's add some atmosphere - a bloody background!

Chapter 4: Let's Draw a Harpy

  1. Sketching our harpy using multiple references and creating the final pencils
  2. Laying the watercolor base and background
  3. Rendering the feathers and claws
  4. Rendering the sky - picking colors to match the mood
  5. Final touches - lighting and sparkles

Chapter 5: Let's Draw a Snator (Snake & Alligator)

  1. Brainstorming this creature and prepping the final pencils
  2. Laying out the watercolor base
  3. Rendering scales and patterns
  4. Rendering grass and water

Chapter 6: Let's Draw a Mansion in a Forest

  1. Gathering references and sketching the mansion - what to include in the final pencil vs. what to ignore
  2. Adding the watercolor base
  3. Rendering the mansion with color pencil
  4. Shadows and details

Chapter 7: From Idea to Final - A Step by Step Guide on How I Come Up With Ideas!

  1. Brainstorming, thumbnails, sketches, and notes
  2. Sketching your rough idea
  3. Preparing and cleaning up your final pencils for rendering
  4. Final thoughts - keeping a sketchbook or storing your ideas for later
  5. Fine tuning and exercising your imagination muscle - how I keep coming up with funky ideas

Bonus Chapter: Editing your Illustration and Posting on Social Media

  1. How I take photos and videos as I work to post to Instagram and TikTok
  2. Editing the final illustration on Photoshop and posting on your social media or website
  3. Posting on social media - tips, tricks, and lessons I've learned


  Congratulations on Completing the Course

Meet Your Creator
My name is Joy San, and I'm a Filipina-Canadian illustrator based in Toronto. I draw a lot of comics, film vlogs and work on many other creative projects simultaneously. I love to illustrate the creepy, disturbing, and horrific, but through a comedic lens. I'm currently working on my webcomic, Spice Cake, and some horror minicomics.

Meet the All-in-One package hand-picked by Joy San and CLASS101!

  1. Canson Watercolor Paper, XL, A4 (30 sheets)
  2. Prismacolor Pencil Set (12 count)
  3. Sakura Koi Watercolor Kit (12 count)
  4. HWAHONG Artist Watercolor Paint Brush700R Set_B
  5. Prismacolor Premier Turquoise Graphite Sketching Pencils (HB)
  6. Staedtler Metal Double Hole Sharpener with Tub, 512001BK
  7. Faber-Castell Kneaded Eraser
  8. SM Washi Tape (1.2cm)
  • Who want to create creepy and funky characters
  • Who want to learn how to use color pencil & watercolor drawing
  • Who want to find own unique style of drawing
  • Who want to discover a creative hobby!

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!

Super Early Bird Offer

Once we pass the release date, we will no longer offered the class at "Super Early Bird". The rate will be raised after the date, right now is the cheapest deal you can get.

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

If you have purchased the “All-in-one package,” it may take less than 2 weeks to receive the package. We will also send you a tracking number via email after the package has been shipped out.

Class access

Class videos will be available by August 26th. We will notify you via email regarding how to access to the class videos on the release date.

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