Create a fantasy creature based on real animals

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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

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The author

Guadalupe Pinos Cañadilla
Guadalupe Pinos CañadillaTeacher

Guada Pinos is an ilustrator and concept artist who studied four years in ESDIP and two in art career. Since now she has been working as freelance in indie videogames development (Bytecore games) and as ilustrator in a graphic novel for Unpopular Tales among other freelance works. She loves to create criatures and characters with a cartoon style and some acid stuff. To know her more check out her account here:

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