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Class101 – Character Design for Children’s Books and Comics with Dominic Cellini Free Download

Character Design for Children’s Books and Comics

By Dominic Cellini

27 lessons
Running time
4h 24m
Class Kit
By Creator
1. Go at your own pace in this 20-week online course
2. Artistic guidance & pointers from the instructor
3. Supportive peer community exchanging feedback
4. Enroll now to start learning right away!

Learn Character Design with the Creator of Emmy the Robot


Everything You Need to Create Characters for Comics or Children’s Books

Complete Your Own Original Artworks in this Online Course


I’m the author and illustrator behind the online comic “Emmy the Robot” and the children’s book “Twenty-One Terrifying Monsters”.

I’ve designed this course to be accessible for beginners and younger artists alike who want to learn the basics and more nuanced elements of visual storytelling with characters.

I will be walking you through my entire process of creating a character from start to finish so that by the end of the course you will be able to create original characters in your own style by yourself.

One of the most important things that makes us fall in love with our favorite stories are good characters. Whether you’re a 5 year old reading your first picture book, or a young adult reading webcomics online, one thing that draws an audience in from any age and demographic, is a good character.

We will go over the fundamentals of character design early on, eventually building towards creating stories with your own characters in mind. This course is for those looking to make their own children’s books, graphic novels, webcomics, or are interested in general character design.

This class is here to show you how to create characters for books and comics that readers will connect to and follow through their entire journey. We will cover the basics of creating appealing characters with personality as well as techniques and tips to save you time and energy while creating a series around them.

You will learn not only how to design your characters as you imagined, but to bring them to life through visual storytelling and acting. Whether you have an epic tale to tell, or a simple funny anecdote,I look forward to helping you develop the skills to share your stories with the world!

By the end of this course, you will know how to create an original character concept, draw it consistently with model sheets, and draw characters with emotional range acting in different scenarios across visual storytelling mediums such as webcomics and books.

Step 1: Digital Drawing Fundamentals

The main tool I will be using in the course is Adobe Photoshop and any digital drawing tablet, which are what I tend to use for my work. I will demonstrate the tools and tricks I use on a regular basis, which can also apply to different kinds of digital or even traditional tools. Adobe Photoshop is preferred, however, similarly equivalent digital art platforms such as Clip Studio Paint and Krita are acceptable as long as they can be used on desktop.

Welcome to Character Design!

1. Meet Your Instructor: Dominic Cellini
2. Introduction to the course

Chapter 1: Getting Started

1. Demonstrating my process/workspace in Photoshop
2. Useful Tools, Tips & Techniques I Use
3. Knowing your audience and venue

Chapter 2: Creating an Original Character from Scratch

1. Character design basics
2. Gathering photo reference and inspiration
3. Exploring “Style”
4. Making Development/Exploration Sketches

Chapter 3: Appeal, Simplification, and Exaggeration

1. Refining a Design
2. Exaggeration/Pushing the form
3. Appeal/Simplification
4. Finalizing a Design/ Posing Your Character

Chapter 4: Creating a Reference Sheet

1. Importance of Reference Sheets and Assets
2. Choosing a Color Palette
3. Making Turnaround Sheets

Chapter 5: Acting & Expressions

1. Acting Basics
2. Subtle vs Broad Acting (Demonstrations)
3. Making an Expressions Reference Sheet
4. Creating drawings that tell a story

Chapter 6: Visual Storytelling & Setting the Stage

1. Thumbnails
2. Key Poses (Action to Action)
3. Characters Interacting
4. Staging the Scene/POV/Word Balloons

Chapter 7: Creating a Character-Driven Scene or Sequence

1. Roughing in Your Comic/Sequence
2. Refining Your Comic/Sequence
3. Final Draft (Inks, Colors, Text)

About the Creator

Illustrator, Author Dominic Cellini

Emmy the Robot Webtoon

Hi there! My name is Dominic Cellini, I am the illustrator and author of webcomic “Emmy the Robot” as well as the children’s book “Twenty-One Terrifying Monsters”.

I graduated from Savannah College of Art & Design in 2016 with a degree in Sequential Art. I’ve been doing freelance illustration and character design for 4 years now. I am lucky enough to create art full-time and I love to help others achieve their dream of doing the same.

Sharing my original stories and characters with such a big audience is a tremendous honor, and I cannot wait to show you all the things I’ve learned over the course of this journey!


  • The instructor will demonstrate using Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Photoshop is a subscription-based paid software
  • It is recommended that you have access to this software
  • The class will cover how to use and apply the program



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