Illustration: Design Characters Based on Ancient Cultures

Illustration: Design Characters Based on Ancient Cultures

Create amazing characters taking elements from your own culture but adding a new twist!

About this course

Taking references from diverse mediums is key when coming up with new ideas for artworks, whether illustration, design or motion graphics. The realm of Character Design also benefits from reference gathering and reinterpretation. In this tutorial, I'll guide you on the way to create a brand new character, taking inspiration and references from ancient cultures. We'll not only work on the aesthetic part of the character, but we'll also give it some background and purpose.

What Project are we going to develop?

We are going to develop a brand new character, based on references taken from the ancient culture of your choice. I'll guide you through various steps, from selecting the appropriate references to creating a relevant color palette which reminds us of the culture from which the character originated.

Who’s this course for? Requirements

This tutorial will focus more on the character creation rather than on illustration techniques and tips, so some basic knowledge of the software is required. The software I'll be using is Photoshop CC 2015 but any previous version will work as well. For the illustration part, I'll be using a graphics tablet since I work free hand. 

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Course Details

Intermediate level 29m 7 lessons 172 users


Adobe Photoshop Adobe Photoshop


Nathaniel Teacher

Nathaniel Rueda (AKA: MUTE) is a South American illustrator, born and raised in Lima, Peru. His work gathers influence from a variety of sources such as music, old or bad movies, videogames, ancient and modern Peruvian culture and even paranormal or supernatural elements. His style can be described as detailed, character centered, focused on movement and (as of lately) with an emphasis on color. Nathaniel currently works as a freelance illustrator.