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Create a fantasy creature based on real animals

Create a fantasy creature based on real animals

Does your fantasy world need a new inhabitant? Join Guada on this course where she'll show you how to create your very own mythical creature using real animals as inspiration!

About this course

Submerge into the world of fantasy on this course, where you'll learn how to design you own creature from scratch in Adobe Photoshop, using references of real animals to help you. We'll analyze different types of animal structures and combine them to create a unique creature. 

On the course, we'll design our animal and then add the color to finally arrange it into a profesional looking presentation. 

What project are we going to develop?

We're going to learn how to draw a fantastical creature and present it correctly as a character design. I'll be drawing a marine animal, you can either follow my example, or you can choose a different type of animal to base yourself on. 

You'll learn:

  • The structures of different types of animals
  • How to sketch your character and clean up the lines 
  • How to color and present your character

Who's this course for?

This course is for people with a basic level of Adobe Photoshop that are familiar with the basic tools and that want to learn some new skills in creating and presenting a character. 


  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Wacom Cintiq or any graphic tablet
  • Pressure sensitivity

Table of contents


Course Details

Beginner level 47m 5 lessons 31 users

Software and materials

Adobe Photoshop Adobe Photoshop


Published on 2017-10-23

Guadalupe Pinos Cañadilla
Guadalupe Pinos Cañadilla
Guadalupe Pinos CañadillaTeacher

Guada Pinos is an ilustrator and concept artist who studied at ESDIP in Madrid, Spain. She currently works as a freelancer in indie video game development (Bytecore games) and as an illustrator. She loves to create different cool creatures and characters with a cartoon style. To see more check out:

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