Character Design: Understand Shape Language

Design amazing characters applying shape language to get the most out of your designs!

About this course

Learn all about Character fundamentals and understanding shape language in Adobe Photoshop. Different shapes communicate different emotions. Rounded shapes tend to be safe, square shapes are strong and sturdy and angular shapes tend to feel more sinister.

We will also explore the process of creating silhouettes for our characters, which are inspired by the Snow White universe. Using the knowledge of shape languages, we will explore the process of designing characters like the Evil Queen, the Huntsman and one of the dwarves.

We will create a simple character line up that will show you the basics of how to do this. We should be capable of recognizing one design from the next easily. We will also explore the process of pushing our designs and adding anatomy within the silhouette in the method of values and form.

What project are we going to develop?

In this video course you will learn how to create a character lineup inspired by the Snow White universe, and the basic technique for creating silhouettes using just the brush tool in Photoshop.

In this class you'll learn

  • Character Design Fundamentals: Form, Perspective, Anatomy and composition
  • Shape languages
  • How to use layers
  • How to paint with the brush tool
  • How to paint silhouettes

Who’s this course for?

This course is for beginner-level Photoshop users that have a basic knowledge of the tools and functions.

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Course Details

Beginner level 58m 5 lessons 193 users


Adobe Photoshop Adobe Photoshop


Sarita Kolhatkar
Sarita Kolhatkar
Sarita Kolhatkar Teacher

Sarita Kolhatkar is a concept artist and illustrator that has worked with such game studios as ArenaNet and Imaginary Games and with companies like Lufthansa Airlines, Mars Chocolates and many others. She has a BFA in Animation and Illustration, and over 4 years experience in the game industry. Her game experience also includes triple-A titles like Guild Wars 2 and mobile games like Afterland and Spooky Treats. She loves creating imaginative characters and environments and shares her knowledge and techniques through tutorials.

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