Digital Drawing

Creating Unique Anime Characters with an Edge

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Creating Unique Anime Characters with an Edge

with Artist, Kota


This course will teach you to reference and apply everyday elements in life and use them as the foundational inspiration to create compelling characters with distinctive yet polished qualities. We'll also explore fashion design, color theory and some other key anatomic pointers of the male character.


This class is for both beginner and intermediate artists who strive to create original characters and want to incorporate a fresh and interesting narrative into their design.


By the end of this course, you will gain an acute understanding of the correlation of the elements that encompass an aesthetic design and thus will be able to create stimulating characters.

Step 1: Acquire Fundamental Observational Skills

Step2: Understand the Importance of Lines and Visual Weight

Step 3: How to Pick and Use Colors

Step 4: Create an Eye Catching Full Rendered Illustration From Start to Finish


  1. Nice to meet you! I’m Kota.

  2. Chapter ZERO

  3. Introduction

Chapter 1: Basic of the Basics

  1. Presentation of Clip Studio and Its Assets
  2. Sketch Canvas Size
  3. Illustration DPI, Canvas Size, Color Mode
  4. Fantastic Brushes & Where to Find Them

Chapter 2: How I Approach the Male Character

  1. Face: Define Proportions
    Male faces have certain characteristics that define them, we’ll explore them and their variations.
  2. How to Avoid “Same Face Syndrome”
    One of our biggest fears as artists, I’ll show you how I actively fight this vile monster daily.
  3. His Body: How Does It Work Anyways?
    We’ll explore the most defining traits of the male body and have a brief explanation of muscles and bones and how they do and don’t work.
  4. Hair: Positioning and Being ‘Gravity Friendly’
    Let’s learn how to draw hair while respecting the character's head size. We’ll analyze how different hairstyles sit atop one character's head and what to avoid.

Chapter 3: Composition and Posing

  1. Posing and My Tricks
    How to create a compelling or interesting pose without resorting to over-the-top dynamic action shots.
  2. Composition: Making It Interesting
    Who says a pose with a character just standing there is boring? Let’s make it engaging.
  3. Let’s Draw From A Reference!
    Time to put what we’ve learned to the test.
  4. How to: ✨Expression ✨
    The face is constructed by a thousands of tiny muscles, one small line in your canvas could change how the emotion is conveyed entirely. The body also plays a huge part in how we communicate our intentions in art.

Chapter 4: Sketch to lineart

  1. It's Time to Sketch Already!?

    Plus a rough explanation of a simple sketching process.

  2. My Sketch Process: From Blob to Form (Sketch 1 vs Sketch 2)
    I’m a pretty flawed human, and so are my sketches. We’ll explore how to make the best of what we draw to achieve the desired final result.
  3. Clean and Understand Your sketch: No Shame In Using Notes
    Sometimes I draw things even I don’t understand a while later, we’ll deconstruct one of my sketches to pave the road to a clean lineart much faster.
  4. How to Define Line Value and Points Of Interest
    Where do you want the audience to focus? Let’s construct the lineart with your communicative intentions in mind.
  5. Keep Line Consistency and Constancy
    We’ll learn how to make it make sense.
  6. What If I Turn Off the Sketch and -

    When things don’t go as planned. Do you like the sketch better? Let’s understand why exactly and apply our gained knowledge to the lineart.

  7. Lineart Color Modes I Use
    I present my favorite layer modes for lineart. Sometimes, it makes all the difference.

Chapter 5: What is Color?

  1. My Basic Color Theory™
    How I pick and interpret colors.
  2. Picking Colors
    According to the mood you want to portray or how you feel like expressing yourself.
  3. How to Compliment Colors
    This is how I choose which colors I’ll use when shading and others, and why.
  4. Light and Shadow But Fun

    How does light and shadow work on a character? And how do I make it interesting choosing what to keep and what to ignore.

  5. Rendering and Setting a Limit to the Colors

    Sometimes, if you go overboard with the use of colors, the message you’re trying to convey might get lost in translation. Let’s define where that line is.

  6. Posterize and My Other Favorite Effects

    How to turn more into less? Is it shiny enough? Let’s experiment.

  7. Color Correction Layers

    Because it might look good now but does it look its best?

Chapter 6: Clothes, What The Fold?

  1. Types of Folds and Gravity in Garment A hoodie in a hanger will look radically different on a person, depending on size, height, weight, etc. Let’s explore the possibilities.

  2. Understanding the Different Kinds of Fabrics There are thousands of fabrics and colors, we’ll explore the ones I use the most and how they look and behave.
  3. How Shading Works With Different Types of Clothing
    Fabrics have different materiality, and that also applies to how light is reflected or absorbed in them.
  4. Approach at Referencing in Garment
    Key pointers to success at your own clothing design.

Chapter 7: Character From Everyday Inspiration

  1. Exploring Your Interests and Building a Moodboard.
    Favorite color? Aesthetic? Mascot or snack, anything goes. You’ll be able to visualize what you enjoy to better understand what inspires you and makes you want to draw.
  2. Select and Understand your Everyday Inspiration
    Be it your fortune cat, a can of that one energetic drink or a very interesting lamp. We’ll deconstruct it.
  3. From Object to Character
    I will show how to take the characteristics of an object and apply them to an OC.
  4. Customize Them: A Small Backstory & Personality
    He might be a mortician from the 1800s or a cyberpunk mutant from 2287, defining just a bit of backstory can go a long way toward garnering even more possibilities into their appearance and demeanor in the final illustration.
  5. Applying What We’ve Learned So Far to Draft a Simple Character Sheet.
    Including a couple expressions, 2 full body shots from different angles and colors.

Chapter 8: Illustration, But For Real

  1. Using the Character We Created, Let’s Make an Illustration.
    From sketch, to lineart, to rendering. The whole process (and struggles)
  2. Post Effects.
    Editing and correcting the finished illustration with mesh transform and others + a little secret layer.
  3. Exporting Your File and Preparing for Posting or Printing.
    What is the size and file type I usually save as? For posting or printing.
  4. Outro
    Some quick words of advice, and thanks.

Meet Your Creator
My name is Kota, I'm a Chilean illustrator in love with design, dogs, videogames and ikemen. My forte is character and clothing design. A designer by trade, 5 years ago (thanks to a mobile otome game) I decided I was better off drawing and making my four passions shine.

You need to have your own Clip Studio Paint to take the class. For more information, please visit

Do I need Clip Studio to take this class?

No, the techniques I will teach you are not exclusive to any program in particular. As long as you own a digital drawing device, you’re good.

Can the courses be also done on traditional media?

Depends. Some parts of the class are 100% digital. But if you wish to sketch and such in a traditional medium, there’s no problem.

Can I take the class if I don’t own an iPad?

Yes, the program and the things I will teach are the same regardless of what you’re using.

Will you teach me how to draw girls?

Not in detail, I specialize in male presenting characters so I wanted to keep my focus on them. There are various aspects of the class, such as the clothing chapter, that you can apply to females. I also don’t mind if your assignments are girls.

How long is the class?

It’s around 9 hours long, divided into various segments. You can take it at your own pace in a 20 week window.

Is this a live class?

No, it consists of pre-recorded lessons.

Can we interact directly with you?

Yes and no. This is a pre-recorded class, meaning the content is what’s presented to you. I will be responding to assignments and questions.

Is your class in english?

It’s in English, with English subs. I’m evaluating the possibility of adding Spanish subs but that won’t happen for a while.

Will there be any handouts to download and print?

Depends on the class, but yes.

Duration of the course

You can access the class videos for 20 weeks. Within that period, you can replay the videos in as many devices as you want.

Earn points to Extend the Class Access

Receive points by completing chapter missions OR by taking the class two or more times a week. And use the points to extend your class access!

Super Early Bird Offer

Once we pass the release date, we will no longer offered the class at "Super Early Bird". The rate will be raised after the date, right now is the cheapest deal you can get.

Installment Payment

Quadpay is available for the payment! Your order will be split into 4 installments paid over 6 weeks! To find out more, please visit Quadpay.

Class Preparation

You will need to download Clip Studio Paint on your drawing tablet to take this class.

Class access

Class videos will be available by June 29th. We will notify you via email regarding how to access to the class videos on the release date.

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