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Anime Academy: Characters and Backgrounds!

Learn Character Design, Backgrounds, Illustrations, and More!
Instructor:
Christina Wu
2,816 students enrolled
English [Auto]
Basics of anime bodies
How to draw anime faces
How to do line art
How to do make an illustration with characters
How to design a character
How to design different types of characters
Design Principles
How to draw Backgrounds
How to draw different head views
The basics of perspective
Story Telling

This course is your go to for anime drawing and illustration and design making. You will learn everything from drawing the body, to learning digital painting and compositions!

This course will take you from having little to no knowledge in anime drawing and painting, to having a much better foundation so that you can build and customize your own artwork at a much more advanced level.

So what else is in it for you?

You’ll create 4 different projects in this course that will take you from not knowing how to draw anime, to drawing your own characters and putting them in illustrations!

You’ll gain instant access to all 16 sections of the course.

The course is designed to take you through step by step, the process of designing your own characters and making your own pieces and learning the fundamentals in anime art. It will equip you with the fundamentals so you can apply them to your own designs and illustration!

Don’t believe me? I offer you a full money back guarantee within the first 30 days of purchasing the course.

Here’s what you get with the course:

You’ll get access to the 15 sections of the course that will teach you the step by step process of drawing anime and digital painting from the basics. The course is supported with over 60 hours of clear and effective content that I guide you through each step of the way.

All yours instantly:

  • The course starts with the basics. I will be going over photoshop basics necessary to go through the course with.

  • Next, you will get an in-depth understanding of anime characters, starting from basic shapes, to building poses using simple shapes. You will also go through how to draw a variety of heads, facial features, hair, etc.

  • I will also be teaching you basic 1pt and 2pt perspective that will be necessary for you to build the human body as well as utilize them for backgrounds.

  • Then, you will be drawing a variety of male and female poses with clothes on. I will teach you the seven basic folds as well as how to integrate them onto the body. You will be drawing standing, sitting, and dynamic poses for each, as well as poses for couples!

  • After poses, you will learn to draw backgrounds from reference. As a mini project, you will be designing a room for your own character and use boxes to help you build it. Then, I will show you how to draw different environments from easy to advanced.

  • To create your illustrations, I will also be teaching you how to digitally paint in a simple and effective way, from light and dark, to multiple values

  • You will be painting still lifes, as well as fabric studies, and learning how to color hair, skin, clothes, etc

  • For the main projects, I will teach you how story structures work, so you can make your own stories and characters to design.

  • Then, you will design with me 2 characters. I will show you the process of design by making magical girl characters and making a character sheet for both. You will watch me how to paint step by step each of the way, from reference to sketch, linework and painting.

  • After designing the two characters, I will be teaching you composition tips and sketches to help you with putting your characters in an illustration.

Over the 15 sections you will learn:

  • How to draw anime bodies

  • How to use digital brushes

  • How to use the basics of photoshop

  • Perspective

  • Anatomy

  • How to draw and paint clothes

  • Faces and Hair

  • Color & lighting

  • Still life painting with a limited palette

  • How to digitally paint

  • Composition

  • How to draw environments

  • How to design a room

  • Character Design

  • Illustration Making Processes

What else will you get?

– Personal contact with the instructor

– Lifetime access to course materials

– Real time tutorials

– Very in depth commentary

This all comes under one convenient easy to use platform. In addition, you will get fast, friendly, responsive support on the Udemy Q&A section of the course or direct message.

Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

So what are you waiting for? Sign up now and get started on your anime journey!

Introduction

1
Introduction

Music: https://www.bensound.com

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Facebook Group Entry code
3
Materials

This video is on what materials you will need!

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How to Use Q&A
5
Most Common Questions and Answers
6
Photoshop Basics
7
How to Create Shortcuts
8
Inspiration Demo!

Anime Bodies (Male and Female)

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Basic Shapes

In this video, we will be going over how to draw basic shapes such as circles, boxes, and cylinders. I use an 11 x 17 inch canvas on photoshop. Make sure it is as big or bigger than that. :)

2
Form and Line Exercise
3
Anatomy for Girls

This is a simplified breakdown of the female anatomy :)

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Anatomy for Guys

A simplified version of the male anatomy!

5
Gesture Drawing

This video talks about how to draw smooth and dynamic gestures, and what to look out for. Enjoy :D

6
Female Hands

In this video, I will be showing you how to draw a variety of female hands using simple shapes.

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Male Hands

In this video, I will be showing you how to draw a variety of male hands using simple shapes.

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Female Feet

In this video, I will be showing you how to draw a variety of female feet using simple shapes.

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Male Feet

In this video, I will be showing you how to draw a variety of male feet using simple shapes.

How to Draw Anime faces

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Male Face

In this video, I will show you how to draw the base of the male face and marking proportions!

2
Male Eyes

In this video, I will be showing you how to draw different types of male eyes :D

3
Male noses

In this video, I will be showing you how to draw different types of male noses :D

4
Male Mouth

In this video, I will be showing you how to draw different types of male mouths!

5
Female Face

In this video, I will be showing you how to draw the base female face and proportions!

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Female Eyes

In this video, I will be showing you how to draw different types of female eyes!

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Female noses and mouth

In this video, I will be showing you how to draw different types of female noses and mouths :D

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Male Hair

In this video, I will be drawing different types of male hair, such as straight, spiky, etc!

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Female Hair

In this video, I will be drawing different types of female hair, such as straight, wavy, etc!

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Male Head Views Pt 1

In this video, I will be teaching you how to draw multiple head views in normal eye level.

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Male Head Views Pt 2

In this video, I will be teaching you how to draw multiple head views in upper eye level.

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Male Head Views Pt 3

In this video, I will be teaching you how to draw multiple head views in lower eye level.

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Female Head Views Pt 1

In this video, I will be teaching you how to draw multiple female head views in normal eye level.

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Female Head Views Pt 2

In this video, I will be teaching you how to draw multiple female head views in upper eye level.

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Female Head Views Pt 3

In this video, I will be teaching you how to draw multiple female head views in lower eye level.

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Male Expressions 1

DISCLAIMER: I'm making this character more on the realistic side in terms of personality so that the expressions are more story based. If you are sensitive to emotional topics, you can mute the video  and just watch how the process is made.

In this video, I will be teaching you how to draw 25 essential expressions! We will be creating our own character for this one.

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Male Expressions 2
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Male Expressions 3
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Female Expressions 1

In this video, I will be teaching you how to draw 25 essential expressions for girls! I am using my own character for this, feel free to use your own or follow along :)

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Female Expressions 2
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Female Expressions 3
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Shoujo Style

In this video, I will be going over how to draw shojo style, and doing a quick style study!

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Shonen Style

In this video, I will be going over how to draw shonen style, and doing a quick style study!

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Chibi Style

In this video, I will be going over chibi style, and I will be drawing chibis of Hiro and a mystery girl :D

How to Draw Poses

1
Anime Girl Body Types

In this video, I will be going through different female body types!

2
Anime Guy Body Types

In this video, I will be going through different male body types!

3
7 Basic Folds

In this video, I will be going through the 7 basic folds for your pose exercises!

4
How to Draw RIbbons

Here is a short video on how to draw ribbons!

5
Female Standing Poses

In this video, you will be drawing 4 types of female standing poses!

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Female Standing Poses 2
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Female Sitting Poses

In this video, I will be going through how to draw 3 types of sitting poses for girls!

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Female Dynamic Poses

In this video, I will be going through how to draw 5 types of dynamic poses for girls!

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Female Dynamic Poses 2
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Male Standing Poses

In this video, I will be going through 3 types of male standing poses!

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Male Sitting Poses

In this video, I will be going through 3 types of male sitting poses!

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Male Dynamic Poses

In this video, I will be going through 3 types of male dynamic poses!

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Cute Couple Poses

In this video, I will be going through couple poses with the newly created characters~

Backgrounds

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Perspective Review

In this video, I will be reviewing with you 1 and 2 point perspective for the next assignments!

2
Camera

In this video, I will be doing a quick over view about types of cameras and levels of convergence.

3
Making a Bedroom using Boxes

In this video, we will be doing a perspective exercise by designing a room using boxes as a base!

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Detailing the Bedroom

We will be detailing on top of the boxes we have built in this video.

5
Drawing backgrounds from Reference (super easy)

The video after this was supposed to be the "super easy" one, but I later realized after making the video, it was more advanced, so here is the super easy one :)

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Drawing backgrounds from Reference (easy)

In this video, I will be showing you how to draw an interior from scratch. This is actually more advanced, but since I said it was "easy" in the video, I didn't change the title...so you should watch the third one first before starting this one!

7
Drawing backgrounds from Reference (intermediate)

In this video, we will be doing an outdoor building. This is actually more medium level, so feel free to watch this one first!

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Shading Backgrounds

I will be shading the outdoor building to show you guys how you can achieve a "manga" styled look using simple values and gradients!

Painting and Lighting basics

1
Painting Basic Shapes in Black and White

In this video, we will start out with painting our basic forms, cubes, cylinders, and spheres. By understanding how to render these forms, this will help a lot in painting your characters.

2
Forms of the Face

In this video, I will be briefly going through the forms of the face to help with putting the face in lighting!

3
Black and White Figure Study

In this video, I will be showing you a simple way of rendering using the basic shapes as well as the techniques used in the basic shape rendering video!

4
Color Theory and Temperature Relationships

In this video, I will be giving you a simple way of looking at color and how to utilize it through color temperature!

5
Still Life Painting

In this video, I will be showing you how to paint a still life using color temperature principles. We will be using a limited palette of oranges and blues.

6
Rendering Tips

Here is a brief tip on how to render skin and making it look nice!

7
Fabric Studies

In this video, I will be going through how to paint fabric and how to use color in them!

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Fabric Studies 2

Lining and Color

1
How to Line

In this video, I will be taking previous drawings from other lessons to practice linework!

2
How to Color 1

In this video, I will be taking previous drawings from other lessons to practice coloring!

3
How to Color 2

Story and Design

1
Story and Character Basics

In this video, I will be teaching you the basics of the Hero's journey, a common story structure so you can create your own story for the further illustrations up ahead!

2
Design Principles

In this video, I will be teaching you the design principles to help with character designs later on!

3
Design Exercise: Redesign

In this video, we will be redesigning a character of choice, using reference and themes!

Original Story

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Summary

Using the Hero's journey method, I will be showing you an original story I made up so I can use it for character design later on.

Character #1: Mia

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Story and Personality

In this video, I will be going through Mia's character and personality.  I highly recommend that you make it personal and make your own characters! This whole section is my process for creating characters.

2
Reference Gathering

In this video, I will be going through Mia's reference.

3
Exploration

Before sketching, I like to do explorations to get ideas started in my head. I always make sure that these are stress free and just to get it out, no matter how ugly the drawing!

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Sketches Civilian

In this video, I will be going through Mia's character sketches for her civilian form.

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Sketches Civilian 2

In this video, I will continue going through Mia's character sketches for her civilian form.

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Sketches Hero
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Sketches Hero 2

In this video, I will continue going through Mia's character sketches for her hero form.

8
Prop Design

In this video, I will be going through Mia's prop design for her magic items.

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Refining Design

In this video, I will be refining Mia's design, and I set up her reference page.

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Linework

In this video, I will be lining Mia's reference sheet!  In the end, I removed the extra parts of her page and simplified it.

11
Color Block In

In this video, I will be coloring the base colors for everything.

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Color Block In 2
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Color Block in 3
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