Digital Drawing

Designing Compelling Animal Characters For Your Stories

By Juan Useche

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31 lessons
Running time
6h 12m
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Animal Character Design

Create Unique Animal Characters with
Professional Artist, Juan Useche

Have you ever wondered how your favorite animal would look like wearing pants, but you feel you don't have the skills to bring it out of your imagination and share it with the world? After this course, that won't be a problem anymore!

Whether you want to create cute characters for your children's storybook, fearsome animal warriors for your next comic project, or just want to see how your cat looks like in a dress. This course will guide you through all the fundamentals for creating compelling characters that your audience will love and remember.

Step by step, I will show you my approach to understanding animal anatomy and how to simplify it, so that your characters can be full of life and personality, without losing their animal characteristics.

Additionally, you will receive a deep technical insight into the digital drawing process, from the basics of Procreate to more advanced shading techniques.

This course aims to beginners and medium-level artists interested in character design, animals, and telling stories. Even if it is your first time using Procreate or other digital painting software, you will learn from observation and simple exercises that will help you develop your artistic skills.

Instead of teaching you how to make a good illustration and giving you rules about it, I want to share how you can develop a process that lets you have fun while creating images that are close to your heart.

Step 1: How to come up with original ideas for your own characters.

Step 2: How to use references and understand basic animal anatomy.

Step 3: How to make your characters overflow with personality.

Step 4: How to make your characters be very appealing and stand out.


  1. Meet Your Instructor: Juan Useche
  2. Introduction to the course

Chapter 1: Overview of Procreate

  1. Introducing the user interface
  2. Layers and how to make the best of them
  3. Trying brushes and textures

Chapter 2: Ideation and References

  1. Coming up with ideas
  2. Finding proper references
  3. Early studies: How I use reference photos

Chapter 3: Understanding the Animal Anatomy

  1. Let’s talk about structure
  2. Shapes, bones, and joints
  3. Drawing animals with hair and fur

Chapter 4: Simplifying and Stylizing Your Characters

  1. Intro to character design
  2. Understanding shape language
  3. Making thumbnails for your character
  4. How to simplify the structure
  5. Silhouettes and clarity

Chapter 5: Adding Life to Your Characters with Personality

  1. How to choose the best pose to sell your character
  2. Gesture, rhythm, and line of action
  3. Expressions and exaggeration
  4. Telling stories with clothing and accessories

Chapter 6: Finding the Right Colors for Your Illustrations

  1. Intro to color theory for character design
  2. Finding the right color balance for your character
  3. Choosing your palette with intention

Chapter 7: Adding Fine Details with Shading Techniques and Special Effects

  1. Basic principles of light and shadow
  2. Simple shading techniques
  3. Adding special effects to make your drawings stand out
  4. Finishing details and final presentation

Bonus Chapter: How to become better Artist

  1. Finding your goal and working towards it
  2. How to find your own art style
  3. How I got my first character designer jobs


1. Congratulations on Completing the Course

About the Instructor




My name is Juan Useche. I'm a Colombian visual development artist and character designer, currently based in Berlin. Over the last few years I have worked for clients such as Disney, DreamWorks, Supercell and Netflix. Animals have always been an essential part of my personal life, so it was only natural that they became a fundamental part of my professional life. I am often asked to design stylised animals for different projects, from TV shows, to feature films and video games. This course is based on my experiences working in those fields

This course will teach and guide you on how to effectively utilize different tools such as "digital brushes," "palettes," and "blending options" in Procreate app.
We will help you adjust app settings to optimize your drawing experience.

*Please Note: Students will have to purchase Procreate application ($10 in Apple Store). It is not included in the course package.

  • People who want to learn about character design
  • People who love animals and animal characters
  • People who want to illustrate and publish children books
  • People who want to learn different skills and special effects for digital drawing

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 (iPad)

Also, you need an Apple Pencil to take the class. iPad Air, iPad, iPad Pro all works! Do not forget about downloading the 'Procreate' app as well.

Class access

We will send you an email with a webpage link and a personalized code to access the videos within 24 hours of purchase.

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