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Character Concept

Learn how to design characters for games and film!

Skill Level: Intermediate

Duration: 8 weeks

Begins: January 12th, 2023

Lessons: Live online with feedback
Price: $650

Instructor: Diana Cearley



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Thursdays 10am - 12:30pm (GMT)

Jan. 12 - Mar. 9 (no class Feb. 9)

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 their gallery

  • Receive weekly feedback from a professional


Learn how to design full-body character concept art for games and film. You'll be guided step-by-step through a professional workflow from sketching and gathering references to finished image. Diana brings her extensive experience teaching character design at Syn Studio Concept Art School with live teaching, demonstrations, and feedback on your assignments. This class will focus on human characters for an existing I.P. in the genre of your choice.


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Catch the weekly teaching in the live Zoom session or watch the recorded lesson later. Review of homework will be provided during the 2.5hr lesson time. Lessons will come with assignments and opportunity to ask questions.



Practice what you learned from the lesson with the provided assignments then upload no later than 12 hours before the next class. Allocate 15 hours per week to complete the homework to reach a satisfactory level.



The instructor will review your previous homework and give suggestions for improvements during the following week's lesson. Feedback may include a drawover, paintover, or discussion (situation dependent).



Diana has created concept art and illustrations for various video game, comic book, tabletop and publishing clients including Hex Entertainment, Aethera RPG and has also been featured in ImagineFX, Infected by Art, and is an illustrator for Magic: The Gathering. Diana has previously served as an instructor of digital painting, life drawing, character design, as well as the Director of Studies at Syn Studio Concept Art School.

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This class is designed to build necessary skills for those aiming to be professional illustrators or concept artists. As such, this class will require moderate intensity and focus from the student to complete. The teaching and skills being taught will only be gained with hours of intentional practice on the homework assignments and following the processes that will be exampled. Serious art students should find the class and homework enjoyable, educational, and challenging. Hobbyists are welcome but they will likely find the homework assignments more intensive and regimented than they are used to.


This class is intermediate difficulty, meaning that students should already have foundational drawing skills and knowledge of basic shading, as they will not be covered. Students should have some experience with digital painting and be familiar with their program of choice. Note, Clint and Diana will be using Photoshop for all classes but you may use the art program of your choice. For a guide of the tiers, go here: Tier Examples

If you are unsure if you have the skill necessary for this class, please contact Diana at and include a link to your online gallery, and we will let you know.


FAQ: Go here to read the most frequently asked questions about classes.


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.