Character Rendering

A 10-week course where you learn advanced rendering and painting methods so your characters appear realistic, professional and industry ready

Teacher Artwork by Zach Cohen

This class is full. Please send an email to [email protected] to be on the waiting list.
You can also check out our Concept Sculpting in ZBrush, Fantasy Illustration, Environment Design, Digital Sketching for Production and Digital Painting classes

Teacher Artwork by Zach Cohen

Character Rendering

Does your character rendering skill need a boost to get to a professional level? Would you like to learn the most effective painting methods for creating beautiful and realistic concept art and character illustrations? 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 lectures, demonstrations, 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.

  • Course Type Concept Art and Illustration Courses
  • Duration 10 weeks
  • Skill Level Level 3
  • Language English


Sundays from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Date of first class: October 6th

Duration: 10 weeks


This is a class designed for people who have already taken our Digital Painting course or are proficient with Photoshop.

You should have completed at least some 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 drawing classes such as Analytical Sketching and Drawing the Human Form.

Language requirements: You need at least intermediate level English to take this class


Required Materials

You 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).


Course Outline

During the classes, the instructor will explain and demonstrate each concept and painting technique before you begin an 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.

Check out the entire outline

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