Character Design: Create Your Pirate Crew

Hey, freshwater sailors, are you prepared to set course for a new adventure, where you’ll learn about basic concepts of piracy and how to use vector tools? Join us and you'll learn everything you need to cope with projects similar to this one. Arghhhh you ready, sailor?

About the course

In this course, we'll be developing a pirate crew with a flat style. First, we're going to talk about well-known pirates that have appeared in cartoons and also about the current idea that people have of pirates. After that, we'll analyze the most characteristic objects and features of pirates in order to represent them using an esthetic intended for a young audience. 

What project are we going to develop?

Throughout the course we're going to create our own pirate crew, but...how? Well, we're going to look for information on the Internet about the most famous pirates in history and then, we'll use their main characteristics and most striking features to develop our own pirates. After that, you'll be able to include the amazing pirates resulting from this course to your own portfolio. 

What you'll learn:

  • A brief history about piracy
  • Basic concepts of character design
  • Designing pirates using the most characteristic elements within the character design world 
  • Using a solid color palette and filters in Illustrator to darken or light up the scene
  • Useful tips about gradients in Illustrator 

Who is this course for? Requirements

This course is for those who are willing to dive into graphic styles related to piracy. The idea we all have of pirates is quite diffuse due to the numerous styles and representations of these characters that have appeared throughout history. Therefore, we can find bad pirates and also good ones, but...which one should we represent? So, if you want to learn how to adapt your style depending on your client's needs, this course is for you!

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Course Details

Beginner level 48m 8 lessons 243 users


Adobe Illustrator Adobe Illustrator


Carlota Martinez-Pantoja Bernal
Carlota Martinez-Pantoja Bernal
Carlota Martinez-Pantoja Bernal Teacher

Carlota MPB, MONKEYBARK, illustrator. A fan of Disney Studios and Cartoon Network, she studied illustration for two years at the San Telmo School of Art in Málaga, Spain. Before that, she started to learn how to draw of her own accord to try and follow her childhood dream of becoming an artist and specializing in character design. Although, she delves into other areas too, like concept art and animation, having recently collaborated in the latest video clip of the Spanish singer El Kanka.

To learn more, visit https://monkeybark.carbonmade.com/