Character Drawing


Learn How to Design and Draw Your Own Anime Characters With a Tablet


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Tablet / Paint Tool SAI
7 Class Projects

It takes about 1~8 hours to complete one class project.

  • Dramatic Light Illustration

  • Drapery & Folds Illustration

  • Watercolor-like Illustration

  • Narrative Illustration

  • Detailed Illustration

  • Dynamic Pose Illustration

  • Faces of Emotion Illustration

Skills You’ll Learn

Line Sketching

Learn how to sketch an illustration by controlling the line strokes


Study the lighting and shade as well as coloring

Understanding Human Anatomy

Learn the basic proportion of a human body and draw dynamic poses

Creating a Narrative Illustration

Create your own original story behind the illustration

Fundamentals of Paint Tool SAI

Learn how to use the basic tools of Paint Tool SAI

Hello, I'm Pesa, an illustrator who wants to embody happiness and hope into illustrations that tell a story. Little by little, I drew scenes of things I like and wished for and it brought me here to Class101.

The World of Art

Art is a tool and a means to express various feelings such as a person's wishes, emotions, and thoughts in a visual form beyond a simple object, a person, and a landscape, and sometimes express a person and communicate with them. As the possibilities are endless, it is something that many people pursue.

Starting Alone Can be Scary

Are you worried about whether or not you’ll be able to finish even a single illustration or that it’ll take forever to complete it? Don't worry too much. There is no fixed answer in drawing. I'll help you until the illustration you want comes out. Through this class, you’ll learn everything you need to know from visualization to the post-coloring editing.

Is there Anything I Need to Prepare?

I usually draw using a tablet with a screen and the Paint Tool SAI program. As I use it as my main tool, Paint Tool SAI is needed for the class, but it is not essential to have the exact same working environment with the exact same tablet as me. The goal is to make the class applicable to various devices and programs. However, you need to know that the characteristics of each program may be different, so there may be slight differences when you take the class using different software.

Controlling the Expression of Your Brushes

Just by adding and subtracting pressure to your lines, you can greatly improve the quality of your illustrations. There are many ways to adjust pressure of lines, but I'm going to show you all the different methods you can use and how I use each one.

Exploring the Human Body and Applying it to Your Drawings

If you learn about the basic structure and proportions of the human body and how to apply it in my drawings, drawing characters becomes easy! Based on this, I’ll show you how to compose various poses and compositions, and organize your screen to capture your viewers’ eyes.

Draw an Ideal Face and Various Expressions

Learn the basic structure and proportions of your face, and express the ideal face that meets your standards and aesthetics. In addition, I will teach you how to portray age and personality of the character, and how proportions of the face vary depending on the angle.

Expressing the Folds and Wrinkles in Clothes

When drawing, there are many people who have difficulty expressing wrinkles in clothing. First, we will practice looking at the wrinkles of clothes as a single flow. It is as if the water flows on the surface of an object, and the silhouette is captured and expressed. In addition, we will learn how expression changes with a bend in the joints, differing thicknesses of the fabric, and varying materials.

Color the Way You Want

Have you ever thought that the colors you choose don't match each other and seem to play separately? Let's learn how to combine natural colors with complementary colors, analogous colors, and use light and shadows to select natural colors while matching. There are various coloring techniques that can work for you. You don't have to stick with just one method. Take the time to find a coloring method that you like and that suits your style.

Completing a High Quality Illustration

Take the above process and draw an illustration. Starting with deciding on your subject and creating a story, I will help you envision your screen and express the character you want in the way you want. With me, you’ll be able to draw a unique illustration of your own.



Welcome to Pesa’s Digital Drawing Class

1. Meet Pesa: illustrator, artist, and your instructor


2. Introducing the class: Creating detailed character illustrations


3. Setting up your tablet and Paint Tool SAI



The Basics of SAI

1. The different functions and tools


2. How to use layers


3. Understanding and setting up shortcuts



Controlling the Strength of your Lines

1. Exploring the different types of brushes and their settings


2. How to freely control the strength of your lines


3. How to manipulate the depth and thickness of your lines



Understanding the Structure and Proportions of the Body

1. The structure and proportions of muscles


2. The structure and proportions of hands and feet


3. How to change body shapes based on people’s unique characteristics


4. Practicing various forms and poses



Drawing Perfect Faces

1. The structure and proportions of the face


2. How to express a person’s unique facial characteristics


3. Understanding how proportions change with angle


4. How to portray hair 1


5. How to portray hair 2



Sketching the Wrinkles in Clothes

1. The shape and flow of wrinkles


2. How wrinkles change based on angles and materials


3. Drawing the wrinkles on clothes



Coloring your Character

1. How to choose a natural color scheme


2. How to express light and contrast


3. How to use complementary and analogous colors


4. How to get a watercolor texture



Completing the Illustration

1. Establishing the layout and visualizing the scene


2. Sketching and adding details


3. Coloring based on your desired mood and atmosphere


4. Editing your illustration and adding effects



Congratulations on Finishing the Class!

1. In closing: Pesa’s parting thoughts





Sharing the happiness of drawing

I was fascinated by the colorful merits of paintings, and so I continued to draw. Drawing to me is a natural act like breathing, and it's a great thing to cherish in everyday life. That's why I would like to encourage many people to recognize the loveliness of illustration and pick their brush up once again.

If you can express anything you see and feel without a clear plan or extensive painting knowledge, I think you are already a great artist. If any of these processes are still unfamiliar to you or you lack confidence in expression, I would like to help.

I hope that the people of Class101 experience a world full of charm that I love.


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