Character Art School: Complete Character Drawing Course

Learn How to Draw People and Character Designs Professionally, Drawing for Animation, Comics, Cartoons, Games and More!

4.51 (54604 reviews)



26.5 hours


Nov 2020

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What you will learn

How to Draw Characters Well

How to Draw Out of Your Head Fast

How to Draw in 3D

How to Draw Faces, Bodies and Hands

How to Draw like a Professional Artist

How to Draw Characters for Games, Films, Animation, Manga, Comics and More

Draw with Pencils and Paper or Digital Art Tools

Utilize the included 7GB of Free Art Resources


With over 6500 5-Star reviews, join thousands of Artists in training in the best Character Drawing Course in the world!

What is Character Art School?

Character Art School is a learn-anywhere video course where you learn how to draw professional characters for books, games, animation, manga, comics and more. I’ve hand-crafted the Character Art School: Complete Character Drawing course to be the only course you need to learn all the core fundamentals and advanced techniques to drawing and sketching characters well. If you’re an absolute beginner or you’re already at an intermediate level, the course will advance your current drawing ability to a professional level. The course is a comprehensive 10 module guided video course, where the only limit to your progression is your determination and engagement in the rewarding assignments.

Whether you want to draw character design concept art for films and games, illustrations, comics, manga, Disney style or other styles, this is the course you need to get you there.

I’ll teach you to draw without fear, and I’ll teach you to draw well - quickly.

Finally, Learn Character Drawing Well

Whether you’re a complete beginner, or intermediate at character drawing, you’ll learn things you never knew you never knew. Seriously. Inspired by masters and built on the theory of giants, Character Drawing Academy is one of, if not the most comprehensive character drawing course out there. I’m so convinced of this, I’ll give you a no-questions asked refund if you’re not satisfied.

Clear, Easy to Understand Lessons

Crystal clear in fact. Learning character drawing and how to draw people effectively means having information presented in a logical and coherent way. The Character Academy Course is modular by design, easy to grasp, and allows you to learn in a well paced, structured way. Engage in the course chronologically, then revise each module at your leisure. Grasp concepts, such as how to draw lips, eyes, faces, and more, faster than you ever have before – there’s no fluff here.

Assignments that are Rewarding

Bridging the gap between theory and practice, each module’s assignments have been designed to both reinforce theory, and feel rewarding. I’ve taken the core of the theory, and purpose built each assignment to help you rapidly progress, and you’ll see the difference in your own work almost immediately. Art is about doing, so let’s get started- let’s draw something awesome!

What's Your Style?

Whether you want to learn Character Drawing to draw for games, comics, cartoons, manga, animation and more, this course has you covered. I'm not teaching you a 'method' or a 'way' to draw, I'm teaching you to be fundamentally good at drawing characters, whether you prefer traditional pencil drawing or draw digitally.

What are Students Saying about the Course?

"Probably the best art course I've ever taken -- online or in college. Wonderfully presented, it helped me correct mistakes I'd been making that were really holding my artwork back. I've seen phenomenal progress after 30 days practice of the course material. Highly recommended." 

Dan Rahmel ★★★★★

"Just a perfect 5 stars rating. It's really complete and filled with advice, theories and concrete examples. As he said, it's probably the last character drawing course you'll take. It's all I wanted. Thank you so much Scott Harris!" 

Mario ★★★★★

"Amazing course. I haven't even started drawing yet because I'm in awe of how simple the instructor makes even the most complicated techniques look. At last, drawing like a pro is within my grasp! I also like the fact that the instructor allows me to just watch the first time through without worrying about drawing until I'm familiar with the concepts. My next time through the course, I'll be prepared and more confident than ever to begin drawing. Even so, I've already used some of the concepts in this course for a sketch here and there when I feel inspired to draw, and I can tell worlds of difference between my former drawings and newer ones. Laid back instructor, but very knowledgeable. I highly recommend this course."

Eric Beaty ★★★★★


Character Art School: Complete Character Drawing Course
Character Art School: Complete Character Drawing Course
Character Art School: Complete Character Drawing Course
Character Art School: Complete Character Drawing Course




Always Remember This One Thing

Let's Get Messy

Community and Updates

Module 1: Intro to Art Fundamentals

The Basic Structure of Art and Drawing

Breaking Down the Structure

See like An Artist

Skill vs. Emotion in Drawing

The Importance of Story in Drawing

Drawing with Believability and Drawing with Realism

Maturity As An Artist

Drawing Art Studies vs Drawing Art Creation

Drawing Imaginative Art

Module 1 Summary

Module 1 Assignments

Module 2: Drawing Fundamentals

Drawing Warmup and Penmanship

Drawing in 3D

Dynamic Drawing

Showing Depth in your Drawings

Asymmetry in Drawing

Drawing Line Weights

Drawing Thinly and Lightly

The Importance of Drawing Fast

Two Stage Drawing Workflow

What is Drawing Style?

How to Use References when Drawing

Developing Your Visual library for your Drawings

Drawing Theory Stacking

Module 2 Assignments

Module 3: Character Forms and Proportions

Introduction to Module 3

Drawing the Proportions of the Body

Drawing the Head - Drawing Head Proportions

Drawing the Head Proportions - Side View

Drawing Hands - Drawing the Hand Proportions

Dynamism in the Form

Drawing the Head and Neck Forms

Drawing the Chest, Abdomen and Pelvis Forms

Drawing the Arms and Legs Forms

Drawing the Hands Forms

Drawing the Forms of the Feet

Drawing the Forms of the Breasts

DEMO Putting the Forms Together

Drawing the Eyes | How to Draw Eyes

Drawing the Ears | How to Draw Ears

Drawing the Nose | How to Draw the Nose

Drawing the Mouth and Lips

DEMO Facial Features

Let's Talk About Anatomy

Module 3 Assignments

Module 3 Anatomy Study Plan

Anatomy Study Resources

Module 4: Gesture Drawing Foundations

What is Gesture? Gesture Drawing Fundamentals

Gesture's Core Foundation

Drawing Action in the Form

Important Drawing Lines

Drawing Axis and Assymetry

Basic Gesture Drawing

Intermediate Gesture Drawing

Advanced Gesture Drawing

Drawing Life Gestures

How to: Gesture Drawing Exercises

Module 4 Assignments

Module 5: Character Drawing Workflows

Drawing Workflow 1: Two Stage Workflow

Drawing Workflow 2: Multi-Stage Workflow

DEMO Multi-Stage Drawing Workflow

DEMO Realtime Drawing Workflow

Finding Your Ideal Drawing Workflow

Module 5 Assignments

Module 6: Character Composition and Design

Module 6 Introduction

The Center of Gravity when Drawing Characters

Asymmetry in Character Drawing

Squash and Stretch - Animation Concepts for Drawing

Drawing Action and Re-action

Gender and Age Differences when Drawing Characters

Character Drawing and Character Design Essentials

Focal Points when Drawing Characters

Drawing Unique Characters

Utilising Symbolism when Drawing Characters

Silhouette Value for Character Drawing

The Three Core Elements of Character Design

The 5 Core Elements of Drawing Good Character Compositions

Using All of Your Drawing Knowledge

Module 6 Assignments

Module 7: Facial Expression and Emotion

Dynamics of the Face for Drawing

Keys to Expressing with the Eyes | Drawing Expressive Eyes

Keys to Expressing with the Eyebrows | Drawing Expressive Eyebrows

Keys to Expressing with the Mouth | Drawing Expressive Mouths

DEMO Drawing Facial Expressions and Drawing Emotions

Module 7 Assignments

Module 8: Hair and Cloth Dynamics

Fundamentals of Drawing Hair

Basic Components of Drawing Hair

Drawing Basic Hair Shapes

DEMO Drawing Hair and Hairstyles

Drawing Clothing with Cloth Dynamics

Module 8 Assignments

Module 9: Character Post-Production

Creating Clean Lines and Line Art for Finishing Drawings

Creating Rough Clean Lines and Line Art for Finishing Drawings

Character Page Composition when Drawing Characters

Final Assignment

Module 10: Comprehensive Character Demos

Intro to Character Drawing Demos

DEMO Carmi Commentary and Drawing Timelapse

DEMO Carmi Full Demo Drawing

DEMO ChronoViper Commentary and Drawing Timelapse

DEMO ChronoViper Full Drawing Demo

DEMO Roderick Commentary and Drawing Timelapse

DEMO Roderick Real-time Drawing Demo


Conclusion to the Character Drawing Course

Bonus Demos

DEMO Asuka Full Drawing

DEMO XGirl Full Drawing

Additional Content

Photoshop Keyboard Shortcut Guide

Photoshop Brushpack Download

Procreate Brushpack Download

Clip Studio Paint Brushpack Download

Paint Tool Sai Brush Settings

Kenji Basic Workflow Example


Ajay8 October 2020

I didn't learn much and I didn't help me at all I am still taking the course but so far it could definitely be better

Alexandria8 October 2020

I'm a few classes in and I can already tell that this is going to be a good course for me! Over the summer I tried to do 2 classes similar to this (one based on anatomy and another based on animals) and though i was able to get most of it done, I feel like I still needed work. With being in school comes a new challenge to try to fit this into my schedule, especially being a senior in high school. I think this course, with the short length that it is, will help me achieve what I want to place in my portfolio.

Michael8 October 2020

Currently on the workflow lesson right now I think Module 5? But, overall I feel this has really improved my understanding of character development and what it means to create appealing character designs. The only thing I will say is that the anatomy portion of the lessons, at least at this point has been a little bit lackluster. I do understand that anatomy is something that as an artist we have to put in the effort to consistently work on it, but it is still an important part of the learning process and an important part of the development of characters. I would have liked a little bit more of those specifics on anatomy by this module. I will update this at the end of the whole course though! Still an extremely great experience thus far.

Carl6 October 2020

He's really making it stand out to me. He is very clear and is very concise. I'm lovin' it right now. I only expect it to get better at this point.

Lukas6 October 2020

ja, ich habe bereits schon Erfahrung. aber es wird viel angesprochen, was ich noch nie in dieser Sichtweise gesehen habe.

Kinzie26 February 2020

I have tried lots of other sights but i never learn a thing but hear i'm learning something like shapes 3d or 2d detail or even form.

Scott26 February 2020

I’ve enjoyed the instructors approach to explaining both theory and practice. The course has been worthwhile, engaging, and easy to follow. Recommended.

Lance26 February 2020

I think it's good so far - I know absolutely nothing about drawing, so taking it right down to the fundamentals of art is crucial. But I also appreciate the 'Let's Get Messy' message. It takes a lot of the pressure off and lets me feel like I can learn in peace.

Frida26 February 2020

I think so far it's been very informative and the examples are clear to follow. While it's something I'm sure most people who are interested in art think about, it feels very different and wanting to be more mindful of just how much drafts or pieces are made up of shapes and not just detail and such. Kind of feels like cleaning dirty glasses I've been looking through

Travis25 February 2020

The course is excellent and I have learned a lot. I enjoyed how well done the presentations were and how clear the instructor was when giving advice. I highly recommend this course to anyone that has any desire to do art as the concepts and principles taught in the course are applicable to any medium.

Tim23 February 2020

This is going to be a great course for me, because Already the idea of trying to have perfect results is thrown out the window with "Let's Get Messy".. and that takes a lot of the weight off which allows ya to learn the fundamental theories.. and not focus on perfect lines.. so very happy im taking this course.

Miklos23 February 2020

So far it is. Although your square stone block in Complete Character Drawing Course #5 is actually a diamond shape.

Derek23 February 2020

I had a great time with this course! Scott is a very clear and concise instructor. I felt guided very well by him. His thoughts were clear and organized and demonstrated very well. The way he has broken down his modules is done so with such care and of importance. I myself have an art degree so most of the content was an overview of things I've already learned about. So because of that I'd say this course is more for the beginner/intermediate crowd. But it was still a great course for me (who has stepped away from the field for a while) to get a refresher and wrap my mind back around the routines of drawing I have already built.

Reindeer22 February 2020

So far,this course feels pretty average and normal to me.It kinda feels like watching the teacher draw his model of our next invention in Engineering club at my school.It feels like any other drawing tutorial I've taken before.I think it's because this is just the beginning of the course.

Audrey22 February 2020

It goes through knowledge that all artists should have, explaining it in a clear and concise way that anyone could understand. It feeds us information in the correct order, and honest, helpful guidance is clearly shown here. I think that any art blocked artist could go through this course and be like, "Wow, I should start drawing something." Simply stunning. This course has really helped me so far. Applause to the creator!


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