US $19.97

Character Design Crash Course: Characters for Surface Pattern Design

——   Created by Melissa Lee

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Welcome to Character Design Crash Course, a series of illustration classes meant for beginning cartoonists or intermediate character artists looking for a refresher. In this class, I cover things to consider when designing characters specifically for surface patterns. I demonstrate how simple changes can alter the expression and feel of a character, and I share my tips for creating successful characters for both repeat patterns and placement prints that can be applied to a variety of different products in a variety of different markets. I also demonstrate my personal process for creating a repeat pattern tile in Adobe Photoshop.

What You'll Learn

  • How to Create Successful Characters for SPD: I talk about certain things to keep in mind when designing characters for repeating patterns, as well as go over what makes a design more appealing to the children's market and/or adult markets.
  • Experiment with Expression: How small changes in expression can alter the look and feel of a character, even with the most simplistic of styles.
  • Building a Pattern: My entire process for creating a repeat tile in Adobe Photoshop out of watercolor painted characters!

What You'll Make

An adorable character to use in a placement print or repeating pattern!

The course project

Your assignment is to create a cute animal character suitable for the children’s market. It’s up to you whether you want to use it in a placement print or technical repeat.

Your project should include your fully illustrated character, as well as your rough brainstorming sketches. I'd love to see your process! 


6 Lessons

2 mins
5 mins
Designing Characters for Surface Patterns
7 mins
7 mins
19 mins
Creating a Repeat Tile in Photoshop
1 min
Closing Thoughts

About the instructor

It you!
Melissa Lee
  • 9 courses

Hi! My name's Melissa Lee, and I'm an illustrator and surface designer living in the hilly forests of Northern California. Alongside doing freelance and art …

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Class benefits

  • Certificate of Completion
  • 30 day satisfaction guarantee
  • 24/7 streaming access
  • Project included
  • Direct teacher access
  • 39m of on-demand video
  • 3 downloadable files
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