Digital Drawing

How to design characters that tell a story: Breathing life into your illustrations

By Sonia Stegemann

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26 lessons
Running time
8h 52m
By Creator
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1. Go at your own pace in this 20-week online course
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3. Supportive peer community exchanging feedback
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Master character design & illustration from start to finish

In this course I will show you my complete process behind creating drawings like mine, from coming up with ideas and how I find and organize references until the finished illustration.

You will not only learn how I draw the human body and break it up into simple shapes to create interesting poses but also how to put your character into an environment that shows their character and makes them feel even more real.

This course is for anyone who wants to start drawing interesting characters with a story and a believable environment but are not sure where to start.

It’s broken up into easy steps showing concrete techniques and beginning with fundamentals so even beginners will be able to follow and create their own illustrations!

Both artists who are more used to drawing as well as illustration newbies will be able to use this course to improve their existing skills and challenge them.

With my guidance, you will be able to come up with characters quickly and will come to understand the steps and tools you will need to make your own original illustrations from start to finish.

I want you not to be afraid of tackling more complex illustrations with backgrounds because they are a great way to breathe more life into your character.

In the end you will not only have learned how to come up with ideas and collect references and resources but also how to use them and develop them into a drawing.

I will show you how to draw a character from scratch, how to breathe life into them and place them into an environment to create a finished illustration.

I compressed my entire routine into an easy to understand process to make it simple to understand and fun. Let’s create characters together!

Step 1: Learn how to draw the human body

Step 2: Start designing your own character

Step 3: Learn perspective and composition fundamentals to come up with a full character concept

Step 4 : Place your character into an environment to tell their story

Welcome to “How to design characters that tell a story: Breathing life into your illustrations” Course

1. Meet Your Instructor: Sonia Stegemann
2. Introduction to the course
3. Introduction to Procreate

Chapter 1: Anatomy

  1. How to construct the head using the Loomis method
  2. Stylizing the head
  3. Drawing expressions
  4. Drawing hair
  5. Stylizing anatomy

Chapter 2: Drawing a character step by step

  1. Developing a character concept
  2. Sketch and lines
  3. Color and shading

Chapter 3: Developing your own style

  1. How to actually find your style
  2. How to make an art style

Chapter 4: Inspiration and Concept

  1. How to come up with a concept
  2. Collecting and organizing references
  3. Composition principles
  4. Perspective

Chapter 5: Figure in Space

  1. Drawing the body in perspective
  2. Posing your character
  3. Adding a character into a background

Chapter 6: Drawing the full illustration step by step

  1. Visual concept and making thumbnails
  2. Sketch
  3. Choosing a color palette
  4. Lines
  5. Color and shading

Chapter 7: Adding effect layers to give your illustration the final touch

  1. Light and atmosphere
  2. Light and effect layers

Outro: Congratulations on finishing the course!

About the Creator

Professional Portrait Artist, Sonia Stegemann


Hi, my name is Sonia and I’m an illustrator and graphic designer based in Germany. My favorite thing to draw are cute girls with an attitude and personality.

The best thing about art is learning and improving and having the power to create characters from nothing and telling their story by drawing them!

A few years ago I started uploading my drawings to Instagram to share my characters with other people. Over time I learned to refine my style and technique to be able to draw illustrations that are as close as possible to the image I have in my head.

Now I want to inspire other artists to also share their unique stories and characters!

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.

  • Those who want to get better at the basics of digital drawing
  • People who want to learn my style of character design
  • People who want to start drawing interesting characters with a story
  • People who want to use this course to improve their existing skills and challenge themselves

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.

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

I’ve always loved drawing! Looking at old art from when I was still going to school I see all kinds of cute girls and characters I used to draw.

TV shows like Sailor Moon with strong female leads inspired me to also create characters with exciting lives and daily struggles. Telling their stories through illustrations or small comics was and still is my favorite thing to do!

Now I want to encourage others to also create characters and explore them and their personalities through drawing and art.

Q: What is your favorite thing about what you do?

Everyone has a story and a whole life and universe around them. I love showing a glimpse into that personality through my drawings. It’s a way of getting to know the characters I draw and with each illustration I even learn new things about myself!

One thing in specific that I really enjoy is coming up with cute outfits and hairstyles for my characters and dressing them up over and over again!

Q: What makes this course different or special?

I’ve shared tutorials and step by step pictures before but never have made such a coherent and all encompassing masterclass showing every step of the way!

With this class I’ve combined my entire experience of the past three years of drawing every day into simple steps everyone can follow to create full blown illustrations with characters in them that are unique and interesting.

Q: What kind of person should absolutely take this course?

Anyone who likes drawing characters will be able to benefit from taking this course!

The steps are simple and easy to follow and are supported and underlined with strategies and examples to make them understandable for any skill level. The class will give you the know how and techniques you need to create a full illustration but you are able to decide how complex and advanced you want it to be.

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