Illustration: Create Your Own Superheroes

Do you sense a hidden power inside you? Is it the power of creativity? Join Carlota in this course and learn how to design your own superhero character from scratch. You’ll even assemble a reference sheet in case you want to give life to your character someday!

About this course

In this course, we’ll learn about character design, focusing on a very interesting and popular topic: superheroes! As we do with any project like this, we’ll begin by looking at some references. Then, we’ll get to know what are the common elements present in the anatomy of a superhero. This will give us what we need to start working on our own character, from the sketch to the final colored version.

What project are we going to develop?

We’re going to create our own superhero character concept! But not only are we going to do that, we’re also going to do a reference sheet, which is the final step prior to giving life to our character in 3D or in animation. Of course, we’ll begin by surfing the internet and looking at some references of pre-existing superheroes. We’ll make a study of the anatomy and the common elements that most of the superheroes share. A muscular body? A cape? You’ll see! Then, we’ll begin with the sketching process of some characters, followed by a further development of one of them. Finally, we’ll do the coloring and we’ll even design an emblem for this character, based on his or her name and superpowers. I’ll be working on my own superheroine concept during the lessons, so you’ll be able to see how this process comes to fruition!

What you'll learn

  • How to look for references from existing superheroes
  • The anatomy of a superhero character
  • The process of sketching, giving definition and coloring
  • How to create an emblem for your character
  • How to assemble a reference sheet for further development of your concept

Who's this course for? Requirements

This course is intended for people interested in character design and for superhero lovers in general! You'll need the following:

  • Graphics tablet
  • Photoshop or other digital drawing program
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Course Details

Advanced level 48m 7 lessons 79 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/