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Drawing Female Characters

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Meike guides you through her entire process for creating a female character and teaches you the exact steps to follow to create your own!
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Meike Schneider

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Meike is a 3D Artist & Illustrator from Germany and well-known on Instagram and Tom Bancroft’s MerMayart challenge. She currently works as a freelancer for various animation studios and companies as well as teaching at the  School of Games in Cologne. 

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Requirements

  • A digital drawing software, like the Procreate app for iPad (used in this tutorial), Photoshop (any version), or other similar software
  • No previous experience with Procreate required
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Description

Meike goes into detail about the various steps involved in drawing a female character, teaching fundamental principles that will take your art to the next level. 

For example, being inspired is the one of the most important things when designing characters. Have you ever been uninspired and didn’t know what to draw? In this course, Meike shares tips on how she personally finds inspiration to create amazing, eye-catching characters.

Also, did you know that colors have different meanings which the observer can sense? When applied correctly, you can use color to create a particular emotion, mood or atmosphere with color. How? Dive into the vivid, bright world of color theory and master the art of creating beautiful color schemes that will dazzle the eye!

Meike shares this and many more methods and tips, accumulated over the years and packaged into one concise course, just for you.

Have fun learning!

If you would like to post your final illustration on social media, be sure to tag Meike! You can find her at:

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What you’ll learn

  • Where to find good references and planning ahead with color thumbnails
  • Navigate Procreate's Interface with ease
  • Learn effective sketching techniques
  • Create dynamic poses by simplifying a character's skeleton
  • Choose beautiful color schemes by understanding color theory
  • Block out the colors and add texture, detail, shadows and highlights
  • Master the use of Layers, AlphaLock and Clipping Masks to save time
  • Export your art correctly for web or print use
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Who is this course for

  • For beginners and intermediate artists wanting to learn the steps to create a polished cartoon drawing
  • For those looking to learn effective methods to enhance and speed up their art process
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This course includes

  • 1+ hours of on-demand videos
  • Supplementary images and visual guides/infographics (JPG)
  • Cheat sheets and handy reference files (PDF)
  • 7 homework assignments
  • Full lifetime access

Lesson Plan

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01

Introduction

01:46

Get to know Meike, your instructor! 

In this short intro, she summarizes the topics covered in this course as well as the new skills you will master by the end. There’s a lot of valuable insight packed in this course. Get ready! 🙂

02

Inspiration

04:25

Meike discusses where she gets her inspiration from, how to find good references and how to pick poses, facial expressions and colors.

In this lesson, you have a special peek behind-the-scenes and find out how the pros come up with new ideas for their artwork creations. 

03

Setup

05:05

Even if you’ve never used Procreate before, not to worry! Discover all the essential tools you’ll need to create artistic masterpieces and get comfortable with the interface in this video. You’ll know the ins and outs of  Procreate in no time. 🙂

04

Sketching

13:14

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Watch as Meike demonstrates several methods for sketching quick character poses. She also teaches how to work with layers to create clean lines over the sketch. Along the way, you’ll discover other nifty tools and tips that you won’t want to miss.

05

Color Theory

11:17

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Believe it or not, the color scheme is a major way to communicate the message behind the artwork; it’s so important for creating mood and emotion! Find out how to use it effectively in this tutorial, as Meike breaks down the fascinating theory of color and teaches the rules for creating gorgeous color schemes. 

06

Blocking

12:11

Now it’s time to use the color scheme Meike picked in the last video to block in the character. You will learn helpful guidelines to separate color blocks making it easier to adjust them and add details later on and … to save you a ton of time!

07

Adding Details

16:26

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Now that blocking is all done, let’s start with the shading, texture and details to make the illustration pop! Discover the magic of AlphaLock, the convenient tool which makes painting so much faster. You’ll also learn about the StreamLine tool, to create smooth curves if you have a shaky hand (happens to the best of us!)

08

Exporting

02:18

The last stage of the illustration process: getting it all ready to show off on social media!! 😉 

Learn how to export your art so that it looks the best it possibly can and how to even quickly create a time-lapse video. You’re done!

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About the Instructor

Meike Schneider
3D Artist and Illustrator
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Meike is a 3D Artist & Illustrator, with a strong focus on characters, based in Cologne, Germany. She is probably best known through Instagram and Tom Bancroft’s ‘MerMay’. Her work includes projects such as Children’s Book Illustration, Character Design, Visual Development, 3D Character & Environment Modeling as well as Look Development. She is currently working as a freelancer for various animation studios and companies as well as teaching as an instructor at the  School of Games in Cologne.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Which courses are included in the Masterclass?

Currently, the Masterclass includes the following 8 pre-recorded courses:

  1. Character Design by Kenneth Anderson
  2. Anatomy & Gestures by Warren Louw
  3. Creature Design by Kenneth Anderson and Loopydave
  4. Environment Design by Michael Bills and Kenneth Anderson
  5. How to draw a cartoon character by Maria Lia Malandrino
  6. Lighting and Shading by Maria Lia Malandrino
  7. Posing for Character Design by Chamba
  8. Creating a Male Superhero by Tom Bancroft (free)

You can see an overview of all 8 here: https://www.21-draw.com/masterclass/illustrator-masterclass/

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They are on-demand (pre-recorded) video tutorials that you can watch online to any of your devices (unlimited times), anytime! Therefore you can easily watch (and rewatch) them at your convenience and at your own pace.

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Is this something a beginner artist can follow along & learn from?

Some basic drawing skills are required to fully follow along & learn from the lessons in all our courses. The courses vary in level, and in general are suited for beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.

If you are an absolute beginner with no or very little art experience we recommend checking out our books instead.

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Are the courses aimed at digital or traditional art?

Many lessons in our courses work for both digital and traditional art. However, there are a few tutorials where a digital drawing software will come in handy for example Photoshop or Procreate for iPad. But for the majority of lessons it is more about the underlying concepts.

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It is a one-time payment. No recurring fees, no subscription fees.

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You can download most of the course resources (exercise sheets, assignments, PSD files etc) from the site, but you cannot download the video lessons to your computer.

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How long do I have access to the courses?

With your one-time purchase you have lifetime access to the course(s).

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If for any reason at all you are unhappy with our courses or feel it isn’t helping you improve your drawing skills— then just email us at [email protected] and we’ll be more than happy to give you 100% of your money back within 30 days of your purchase. No questions asked. No excuses. Just a guarantee you can trust.

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Will a certificate of completion be emailed upon finishing a course?

We don’t offer a certificate of completion at the moment but this is something we are looking into.

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