Character Lab 101: Design an Awesome, Original Fantasy Character

Create and draw superb, original characters that are strong, memorable designs you can draw in your graphic novels, traditional comics, or digital animations.
68 total reviews for this teacher
New class

40 minutes

per class

Twice per week

over 5 weeks


year olds


learners per class

per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

How Outschool Works

Available Times

Pacific Time

Tue Sep 13

Sep 13 - Oct 20 (5 weeks)
Tu, Th
11:20pm - 12am
Outside 6am-10pm in your local time.

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Class Experience

• To improve drawing skills that are specific to character creation. (something very different from drawing a realistic portrait)
• To understand what design elements make certain character designs better than others
• To incorporate shape language and color palettes that emphasize the traits of a character’s personality
• To improve final rendering qualities of drawing (this means neat, clean and polished work)
• To exercise the practice of commitment and refinement, become comfortable with the process of doing something repeatedly until it is mastered. 

In Character Lab, you are expected to participate in assignments and turn in work for instructor evaluation in a timely fashion VIA UPLOADS.
We will not be regularly sharing all work over zoom  during each class. Our class time is for instruction and some preliminary drawing time. We will share works in progress now and then; not regularly.
You should anticipate an average of 40 minutes of homework each week. 
Your learner may work digitally if they choose, or they may prefer a large sketch book with pencils, colored pencils, or markers.
Character design DOES require color, so please be prepared to eventually add color one way or another.
Black Ultra fine point Sharpies are nice for this or another brand of black fine liner pen.
Berol Prismacolor pencils are great for color work.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Feedback for each learner will be provided in a combination of verbal and written formats.
1 hour 20 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
It is my objective to keep the visual content in my class PG rated. That said, my classes tend to naturally attract learners who have a passion for fantasy art, science-fiction, and at times, even horror. Characters who have scary or grotesque features or carry weapons often make appearances and this is typically okay. I do allow a certain level of this, yet I am watchful of the content and the context in which it is presented. I do reserve the right to re-direct any learner who is focusing too much on violent undertones or whose characters are lewd or inappropriate as deemed by my personal judgment as an artist, a teacher, and a parent.
We sometimes utilize for reference models - no membership or cost is involved with this.


Michelle Baker
Lives in the United States
Art & Design Instructor
68 total reviews
47 completed classes

About Me

My students learn about art and design through the perspective of pop culture and personal passions as we work through skill drills that sharpen artistic abilities. My lessons are built to keep the FUN in fundamentals. 

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