31 Character Design Illustration and Painting Tutorials

Character design produces figures that capture the imagination just as much, or sometimes even more than real-life characters. The mystery of character design is how even the simplest lines can produce memorable personalities. Their appeal reaches across cultures and languages. These characters take on a life of their own and artists who redesign them take care to maintain their original charm.

Character design can range from the simplest line drawings to fully fleshed out characters. They figure in stories, books, cartoons, comic strips, advertisements, animated movies, and now digital, computer-animated games and platforms. Charlie Brown, Hello Kitty, Pillsbury doughboy, and Michelin Man are examples of designed characters whose appeal, charm, personality has endured through the years.

The figures in the following tutorials may look deceptively plain, but each tutorial contains surprising techniques and secrets for rendering concepts and simplifying tasks. Even doodling or free sketching can yield the most unexpected ideas for character design.

How to Create Vector Mascot Characters Using a Graphic Tablet, by Iaroslav Lazunov

How to Create Vector Mascot Characters Using a Graphic Tablet, by Iaroslav Lazunov

 

How to Illustrate a Cute Little Octopus Mascot, by Chapolito

How to Illustrate a Cute Little Octopus Mascot, by Chapolito

 

Character Design Tutorial, by Apurba Debnath

Character Design Tutorial, by Apurba Debnath

 

Create a Cute and Simple Panda With Basic Shapes in Adobe Illustrator, by Nataliya Dolotko

Create a Cute and Simple Panda With Basic Shapes in Adobe Illustrator, by Nataliya Dolotko

 

Character Design Tutorial by Mademoiselle-Nuit

Character Design Tutorial by *Mademoiselle-Nuit

 

How to Create a Clean Vector Outline, in Five Minutes

How to Create a Clean Vector Outline, in Five Minutes, by Iaroslav Lazunov

 

Create a Cartoon Character Using Adobe Illustrator, by Mustag Firin

 

Create a Resting Owl Scene With Brushes and Pattern in Adobe Illustrator, by Jude Christoper Roxas

Create a Resting Owl Scene With Brushes and Pattern in Adobe Illustrator by Jude Christoper RoxasCreate a Cartoon Character Using Adobe Illustrator by Mustag Firin

 

Create a Dirty Water Drop Character

Create a Dirty Water Drop Character

 

How to Create a Fun, Red-Haired Boy Character, by Gavin Steele

How to Create a Fun, Red-Haired Boy Character, by Gavin Steele

 

Craft an Original Character in Illustrator

Craft an Original Character in Illustrator

 

How to Improvise Cheerful Forest Character Design in Adobe Illustrator, by Mary Winkler

How to Improvise Cheerful Forest Character Design in Adobe Illustrator by Mary Winkler

 

How to Create a Vector Character Using Adobe Illustrator DrawScribe plugin

How to Create a Vector Character Using DrawScribe plugin

 

How to Create a Cute Robot Game Sprite using SSR in Adobe Illustrator, by Michelle Todd

How to Create a Cute Robot Game Sprite using SSR in Adobe Illustrator, by Michelle Todd

 

Fun Vector Monster Character Illustrator Tutorial, by Chris Spooner

Fun Vector Monster Character Illustrator Tutorial, by Chris Spooner

 

A Cow As Chinese New Year Zodiac Character, by kailoon

A Cow As Chinese New Year Zodiac Character, by kailoon

 

Create an Angry Bird Character in Photoshop

Create an Angry Bird Character in Photoshop

 

Create Abstract Characters, by Zutto

Create Abstract Characters, by Zutto

 

Cute Monster Character Tutorial in Photoshop

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How To Create Cartoon Dexter Character Illustration

How To Create Cartoon Dexter Character Illustration

 

Draw a Cartoon Monster Character in Photoshop, by Mohammad Jeprie

Draw a Cartoon Monster Character in Photoshop by Mohammad Jeprie

 

How to Create a Vector Character, by Michael Chanter

How to Create a Vector Character, by Michael Chanter

 

Create a Cartoon Car Similar to Cars Movie, by Aaron

Create a Cartoon Car Similar to Cars Movie, by Aaron

 

Character Design 101 by JazzSiyArt

Character Design 101by *JazzSiyArt

 

How To Draw a Character of Chinese Boy Using Photoshop, by Mokhtaar Faqeeh

How To Draw a Character of Chinese Boy Using Photoshop, by Mokhtaar Faqeeh

 

Draw and Color Anime Girl Step by Step, by Xia Taptara

Draw and Color Anime Girl Step by Step, by Xia Taptara

 

Creating Avatar Navi Character in Photoshop

Creating Avatar Navi Character in Photoshop

 

Making Of ‘Pardon Me’, by Y. Soner Yurtseven

Making Of 'Pardon Me', by Y. Soner Yurtseven

 

Create a Game Character: Jouster – Part 1, by Adam Fisher

Create a Game Character: Jouster - part 1, by Adam Fisher

 

Character Design: Making Of ‘Nyx’, by Dominus

Making Of 'Nyx', by Dominus

 

Character Design Digital Painting Tutorial, by Xia Taptara

Character Design Digital Painting Tutorial pilot, by Xia Taptara

 

While it’s true that raw talent and art education are an ideal background, these tutorials present instructions about how to translate ideas to paper, that add to the basic foundation of anyone who wants to learn character design.

With Photoshop or Illustrator, or other bitmap and vector software you can employ various tools to render lines and curves, enhancing with brushes and strokes. Addition of simple shapes and keylines can lift characters from the feeling of flatness. You’ll also pick up essentials about poses, actions, expressions, perspective, color choices, lighting and shading, for more complex character design. Hope you enjoyed this selection 🙂

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