Illustration: Design Your Own Fantasy Creatures

Join Sarita on this illustration course and learn how to design fantastic characters using references from books; in this case, we're delving into the wizarding world of Harry Potter with "Fantastic Beasts and where to find them".

About this course

On this course, we'll show you the step by step process for designing creatures inspired by the popular book and movie: "Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them" by J.K. Rowling. Using creature descriptions taken directly from the book itself, I'll be sketching the characters from concept to finished color, and show you my various techniques for doing this. I'll also show you how to take inspiration from real-world animals to use in my concept sketches and how you can apply the same to your own projects.

What project are we going to develop?

In this course, I'll focus on character design, in my own style which is light and kid-friendly. You can use these concepts to present in your own personal portfolio, or even to create your very own Fantastic Beasts manuscript! This process will also teach you how to create visuals using your own imagination, without the aid of anything else. Learn how to design from scratch, a valuable skill that will help you through your concept art and illustrator career.

In this class you'll learn

  • How to research image references from the internet to help with your own creature designs
  • How to do draw different versions of the same creature in different styles
  • How to paint from a rough sketch to a finish colored sketch

Who’s this course for?

This course is for intermediate-level Photoshop users that have a good knowledge of the tools and functions, and a basic knowledge of drawing and illustration.


  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Wacom Cintiq or any drawing tablet
  • Pen Pressure sensitivity
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Course Details

Beginner level 58m 5 lessons 390 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.

To learn more, visit http://HeartShapedGlasses.ca