Creating Characters for Beginners

An introduction to Drawing Characters with Clip Studio Paint
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Hosted by

Meagan Johnson

Course Overview

Creating Characters with Clip Studio Paint!

Have you ever created a character in your mind, but you lacked the proper skills to draw them?

We want to introduce you to the creative side of digital art to give you the proper tools and knowledge as a digital artist so that you can completely create your own original character from scratch. You can also use these tools to create your own world for your character.  

In this 6-week course, you’ll be learning how to draw your own original character from your imagination using the program Clip Studio Paint. 

You will be given assignments every week that will help you in each aspect of the process such as sketching, lineart, and shading. You will be given the step by step process of how to start from just the idea of your original character, to bringing them to life through art.

Course Outcomes

  • Learn Clip Studio Paint:

    Clip Studio Paint is a popular digital art software specifically designed for creating illustrations, manga, and comics. It provides a wide range of tools and features that cater to the needs of artists, animators, and comic creators.

    Clip Studio Paint is available for both Windows and macOS platforms. It comes in different versions, including Clip Studio Paint Pro (geared towards illustrators) and Clip Studio Paint EX (offering additional features for comic and animation creation).

  • Basics in Digital Art:

    You’ll learn the process of drawing using digital art software.  

    Once you familiarize yourself with its interface. Arrange the tools, brushes, and panels in a way that facilitates your workflow. Adjust the canvas size and resolution to fit your desired artwork dimensions.

  • Build Your Original Character:

    You’ll learn to create an original character starting from your imagination to your screen.

    Creating an original character starting from your imagination and bringing it to life on your screen is an exciting and creative process. 

    Begin by visualizing your character in your imagination. Consider their appearance, personality traits, backstory, and other details that make them unique. Think about their physical features like age, gender, body type, and clothing style. You can also explore their personality, motivations, and relationships to develop a well-rounded character.

Hosted By

  • Kyorin

    The Raven King Webcomic Artist and Animator

    Kyorin is a digital artist focusing on creating comics for over 5 years. She is a co-creator of “The Raven King”, “Unbreakable”, “9 Lives”, and an assistant of some other comics. As someone who is passionate in digital art, she loves to learn a new and easier way to draw. Aside from comics, she also does illustrations, tutorials, and animations in her spare time.

  • Meagan Johnson

    Teacher Assistant
    Meagan is a VO Companion and Alumni at Closing Credits. She’s also a casting director, voice actor, and video editor working with Kyorin on a dubbed version of her Webtoon, The Raven King.

Course Outline


Introduction in Creating a Character

  • How to create an original character, technical matters with clip studio paint


Character Sketching/Anatomy

Original character background, sketching original character, Clip Studio Paint interface, human anatomy


Cont. Anatomy/Expressions/Clothing

Drawing hair, eyes, expressions, clothing and folds.



Creating lineart from sketches, lineart tricks in Clip Studio Paint.



  • Flat coloring the character from lineart, flatting tips in Clip Studio Paint.


Shading and Lighting/Blending into Background

Create shading and lighting of the character, shading and lighting tips in Clip Studio Paint.

Introduce 3D models for background, blending 3D models with the character.

Course Schedule

2-4 hours per week
  • Tuesdays

    3pm-4:30pm EST

    Our live sessions happen every Tuesday.

Course Benefits

  • Live interactive classes

    You will get personalized feedback and sessions will be just like a classroom setting
  • Video Recordings & Downloadable Content

    If you need to review a class or want to learn more, the content will be ready for you
  • Dedicated Assistance

    This course has an instructor, a TA, and peer-run assistance to help you with your questions.
  • Weekly Drawing Events

    You will be able to join a weekly drawing event that is held for students only outside of class time and draw along with Kyorin a specific character that the class votes for! 

Frequency Asked Questions

What happens if I miss a class?
We will record the live session for you to review.
What is your refund policy?
No refunds. Please be sure you want to take the course before you purchase it.
Do I have to turn on my video during sessions?
If you are uncomfortable showing your face on video, you don’t have to. It is helpful for instructors to watch your gestures and your movements in order to properly assess you as a student, but it’s not required.
What if I don’t have Clip Studio Paint?

This course we will be using Clip Studio Paint. Clip Studio Paint offers a free trial of 60 days, however, you will not be able to save your project with the free trial unless you register your trial. They also have other options such as a payment plan you can subscribe to for $4.49/month with one device or you can buy the license outright for $49.99 (PRO Version), which will allow you to save your work. Here is a link to the prices and options available: 

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What if I don’t have a pen and tablet to use?
While we recommend using a pen and tablet for the best results, you are able to use things such as your computer or laptop with a mouse; however, your results may vary due to the difficulty of using a mouse to draw versus a pen. 
What if I use Clip Studio Paint on different devices?
The course will be mainly using CSP on the Windows version. CSP on different devices have different interfaces, however the basics of using the software itself will still be the same.


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