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Character Concept Design

Learn how to design characters for games and film!

Skill Level: Intermediate

Duration: 8 weeks

Begins: Jan. 9th, 2024

Lessons: Recorded lessons with live feedback
Price: $695

Instructor: Diana Cearley




Those who want to...


  • Build skills to create characters for games and film

  • Learn industry-standard workflow for character concepts

  • Effectively use references to improve their characters

  • Create new images for your gallery

  • Improve faster with tailored feedback from a professional


In this expanded class you’ll step into the role of being a character concept designer at Swatches Studio where you’ll be presented two different (fictional) game projects. Each project comes with its own style guide and character description lists to choose from then progress the concept a week at a time following the “client’s” requests, with professional guidance of course. The class is full of example images, demonstrations, annotations, and chances to ask questions.This class is streamlined to teach you how to design full-body character concepts for games and film as efficiently as possible while giving you a glimpse into the career of being a designer. You'll be taken through a professional workflow from sketching and gathering references to finishing the image and layout presentation.

This class has been updated with expanded teaching on anatomy, improved example images and annotations, teaching on fabric and folds, project style guides and descriptions, and more!

Diana brings her extensive experience teaching character design at Syn Studio Concept Art School with live teaching, demonstrations, paint-alongs, and personalized feedback on your assignments. This class will focus on human characters for an existing I.P. in the genre of your choice.


Jan. 9th - March 12th

This class uses prerecorded lessons as well as live homework reviews. The prerecorded lessons will be posted weekly for viewing online. First lesson is released Jan. 9th. You will have a week to watch the lesson, complete the assignments, and upload your homework before the live homework review the following week on Zoom. All classes have a mid-term break week (Feb. 4-10th) between lessons 4 and 5.
Live homework reviews take place on Tuesdays at 7-8:30pm GMT, starting Jan. 16th (week following the lesson) and end Mar. 12th. The homework review sessions are recorded and will also be posted for viewing online for any student who is unable to attend live or wishes to review the feedback. You will have the opportunity to ask questions during the live sessions.
Lessons last 1-1.5hrs, and live homework reviews last 1.5hrs.


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Catch the recorded 1-1.5hr teaching in the class Vimeo showcase. Review the slides PDF information and homework assignments.



Complete the provided assignments then upload no later than 12 hours before the next class. Allot 15 hours per week to complete the homework to reach a satisfactory level.



The instructor will review your homework during the following week's live Zoom session. Feedback may include a drawover, paintover, or discussion.



Skills & Difficulty

Portfolio & Career


Student work created in this class:



Time: Based on student feedback, this class requires an average of 10-15hrs per week to accomplish the homework to a satisfactory level.


Subjects: The homework assignments are subject to change from term to term in order to keep things fresh and interesting. You may not practice the exact same exercises you see in the student gallery.


Discord: Every student will have access to their classes' private Discord room where they can chat with classmates, share images, and see relevant class updates from your instructor.


Setup: Students will need HD video streaming speed internet, Adobe Photoshop (or similar digital painting program), and a drawing pad and stylus (like Wacom or Gaomon). A microphone and webcam are also recommended if students plan on joining the Zoom lessons live.

"Clint and Diana's feedback is very objective and professional, yet very kind and friendly that not only makes you push yourself and your skills beyond what you think you could do, but also makes you feel good and encouraged to work while receiving feedback. I can see a noticeable leap in my skills before and after their class, and I'm more than grateful for that."

-Student feedback for Fantasy Illustration

"Industry professionals who will meet you at eye level and will take the time to answer any question, provide their knowledge and an industry proven workflow which will give you any tools you need to complete the course with portfolio ready illustrations. What do you want more?!"

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