Noa Ikeda works as a freelance concept artist and illustrator for various Japanese and Western companies including Glu Mobile, Pocket Gems, Udon Entertainment, Gaia Online, Worlder Inc., Miraishonen Inc. and DeNA Co., Ltd. Equally adept at both traditional and digital media, her portrait paintings and character assets have been featured in many mobile games such as Nicki Minaj: The Empire, Episode, and Shop Heroes. Her artwork has also been displayed at the Hammond Museum in New York.
Every two weeks, you begin a new assignment, receiving a choice of three character bios with mood board and references. During the classes, the instructor will explain and demonstrate each concept and painting technique before you begin your assignment. While working on your assignment, you will receive personalized coaching, critique and correction from the instructor.
Rendering the face and head is covered throughout the course, while other topics are covered as follows:
Week 1 - 2 - Develop your ability to pose your characters and to work with shape and volume.
Week 3 - 4 - Understand the subtleties of colour and learn to use them to create more captivating character illustration.
Week 5 - 6 - Learn a powerful step-by-step method for rendering light and shadow. Become proficient rendering clothing and folds.
Week 7 - 8 - Acquire the best techniques for materials indication, painting believable skin, hair and reflections.
Week 9 - 10 - Bring your rendering to production level under the guidance of the instructor.
Sundays from 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Date of first class: April 15th
Duration: 10 weeks
You can register at the bottom-left of this page.
Does your character rendering skill need a boost to get to the professional level? Would you like to learn the most effective painting methods for creating beautiful and realistic concept art and character illustration? In this course, you will learn how to pose and paint your characters to create the illusion of weight and 3-dimensionality and to render the face, skin, hair and clothing like a professional.
Through explanation, demonstration, assignments, personalized feedback and correction, a veteran industry concept artist will guide you through the entire process of creating a beautifully rendered character painting. You will push your level of realism to the maximum that you can achieve and far beyond what you thought possible.
By the end of this class you will have new portfolio-worthy character illustrations and, what's more, you will have learned how to render your character concept to a production-ready level, like an industry professional.
Note that you are required to bring a laptop and tablet to every class.
This class is for people with some experience in realistic style drawing and painting and basic skill in Photoshop.
You should have completed at least some intermediate level drawing and basic painting courses (or have equivalent experience in realistic style drawing and painting: use of proper perspective, proportions, shading and colour). If you do not have the required skill in drawing and painting, it is suggested that you take our Foundations of Painting class and some intermediate level drawing classes such as Analytical Sketching and Drawing the Human Form.
This is a class designed for people who have already taken our Digital Painting course or are aware of advanced photoshop techniques.
You also need to have a laptop with Photoshop installed and a tablet sensitive to pen pressure (such as a Wacom tablet). Or you need a tablet-computer with Photoshop installed that is sensitive to pen pressure (such as the Cintiq Companion). And you need to have some basic skills in Photoshop and be comfortable drawing and painting in Photoshop and know how to use layers and the basic tools (all things you can learn quickly with free tutorials online).
Language requirements: You need at least intermediate level English to take this class (the teacher will use many visual examples and there will usually be students in the class who speak French and can help you if you don't understand something)
This is one of our most popular classes and tends to fill up well before the deadline.
The Early Registration Deadline is Wednesday the 21st of February at 11:59 PM
- Become proficient posing and painting your characters and giving them a feeling of weight and volume.
- Understand the five most common mistakes which make your character paintings look unprofessional and learn to avoid them
- Learn the best methods for rendering skin, hair and clothing.