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Intro to Character Design

This short course is an introduction to learning the basics of creating characters, and drawing digitally. You will learn different types of drawing and rendering techniques that you can use to create compelling character designs. This cours­e is aimed at begin­ner to intermediate artists and will give you the per­fect foun­da­tion for your art career.

A Char­ac­ter Design­er cre­ates the look and feel of characters for video games, film, ani­ma­tion and illus­tra­tions. Strong draw­ing skills and the fun­da­men­tals are required to cre­ate any type of real­is­tic or stylised char­ac­ters.

At CDW Stu­dios many of the workshops use the principles taught in character design. This includes per­spec­tive, anato­my, draw­ing con­struc­tion, draw­ing sim­ple forms in 3D space, colour, design prin­ci­ples, sto­ry­telling and draw­ing in Photoshop.

This 12 week online course runs concurrently with Flinders University semesters. Including the two-week mid-semester break, it runs for 14 weeks in total. The course will consist of:

  • 12 weekly pre-recorded lectures & demonstrations that will guide you step by step through your projects
  • 6 assignments over the course of 12 weeks (one submitted each fortnight, prior to feedback session)
  • Live fortnightly 3hr feedback webinars where you will receive feedback on your progress. (see below)

Topics covered over the 12 week course include:

  • Construction & drawing forms
  • Drawing poses, faces & hands
  • Communicating feeling through gesture
  • Shape design & style
  • Archetypes
  • Basic rendering with colour to create a finished character

Tuition Price: $950 AUD.

Hardware requirements for the course are:

  • Laptop or Desktop PC or MAC (MacBook Pro or i7 PC/laptop with 16GB RAM are recommended).
  • Wacom tablet is recommended not required. Any size is good.
  • Headset/Microphone so that you can chat with the instructor in fortnightly webinars.
  • Notepad and pens/pencils for note-taking.

Software requirements:

  • Adobe Photoshop

*As part of the course you have the option to participate in Live Streamed Feedback Sessions. These are live feedback webinars with your industry instructor will provide you with direct feedback on your work. If you can't attend the session via webcam when it's live, you will still be able to watch the recorded sessions in your own time. Times listed are ACST (UTC +9:30).

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Essential Information

Semester Dates

2023- Semester 1
Feb 28 - Jun 03

Class Delivery


Feedback Sessions

Wed, 6:00PM - 9:00PM


Rebecca Oborn




Once you sign up you will receive:

  1. A receipt email from Flinders Online Pay­ments for the course.
  2. An online short course con­fir­ma­tion email from , inform­ing you that your reg­is­tra­tion has been received.
  3. An email from ask­ing you to set up your authen­tifi­ca­tion name (FAN) and pass­word for the FLO site, which is the com­put­er sys­tem used for online learn­ing. You will need to fol­low the instruc­tions care­ful­ly to acti­vate your account.

    You will be grant­ed access to the FLO site with­in 2 hours of acti­vat­ing your FAN, after which you’ll be able to view the FLO dash­board and your course.

    All tuto­ri­als and exer­cis­es will be vis­i­ble from the first day of the first week.

Instructor Bio: Rebecca Oborn

Concept artist and illustrator based in Brisbane, Australia. Specialist experience in creating art for board and video games. Companies she has worked with include Gameloft, Defiant Development, and CDW Studios. Rebecca is currently working at League of Geeks, focusing on 2D and Character Design.

Stu­dent Work

Show­cas­ing some work by pre­vi­ous stu­dents. There is no pre­req­ui­site to take our online short cours­es, and there can be a vari­ety of skill lev­el among our stu­dents. Our goal is to help them cre­ate some sol­id pieces for their portfolio.