Character Design: Illustrate the Celtic Bestiary

Probably most of us have heard of the leprechauns, but these aren’t the only recognizable individuals in Celtic mythology. Do you know ‘Spiderwick Chronicles’? If you’re a big fan of this movie (or books), you must know that most of its characters are based on Celtic mythology. In this course, we’ll be learning how to represent some significant Celtic creatures, make a composition and, finally, compile them in a sketchbook. So, are you in?

About the course

Throughout the course, we'll be learning to draw our own mythologic creatures. To do so, we'll go to different myths and legends of Celtic mythology and try to find some references that can be useful for defining and creating our own characters. 

We'll be basing our drawings on a series of texts, as it was done in the past, and we're going to use the drescriptions provided by these texts to create our fantastic creatures, something really useful for becoming familiar with these characters and setting our imagination free!

Once the character is created, we're going to learn how to represent our creature's body language and we're going to talk about different applications that our illustrations may have. 

What project are we going to develop?

I'll give you some descriptions that you'll be able to use when creating your own fantastic creatures, following the steps of this course. Concretely, this project will consist of creating some sketches, which we'll be adding to a sketchbook together with some information about each particular legend and some extra sketches that will help us to complete our final composition. 

What you're going to learn

  • Anatomy
  • Making the face look younger or older
  • Interpreting texts (useful for developing illustration's skills) 
  • Inserting your designs in a mockup
  • Applying textures to add your work a personal touch 

Who is this course for? Requirements

This course is for those who are eager to learn more and are enthusiastic about old illustrations based on myths and legends about mysterious creatures unseen by any human being. If you are interested in Celtic culture and want to learn how to create fantastic creatures, this course is definitely for you. You'll be also able to add a personal touch to your creations, since you won't need to imitate my drawings: just give full rein to your imagination and see what you're capable of. 

To create the illustrations and insert them in a mockup, you'll need:

  • Photoshop or a similar software to edit and draw
  • Pencil and notebook (optional) 
  • Scanner
  • Drawing pad (optional)
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Course Details

Beginner level 1h 26m 12 lessons 236 users


Adobe Photoshop Adobe Photoshop


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/