Session Introduction

Character illustration is a huge creative field. It is intimately connected to animation and comic traditions, and has a long history of being used in advertising to both promote products and brand companies. In this session, you’ll learn how to come up with great character concepts, develop a character’s backstory, sketch character ideas like a pro, and the process of taking that sketch to a final solution. You’ll get practice with creating your own characters, and even learn about marketing opportunities for your final creations.

We have some talented character designers, especially those crafting their characters in vector format, lined up. Regardless, of your chosen final medium though, there is loads of theory and tons of techniques to learn in this Character Illustration session.

Download this Session’s Cover Art as a Digital Wallpaper


Ryan Putnam did an awesome job putting this sessions’ cover together for us. It depicts the character design process itself, while imbuing the illustration with creative energy.


  1. Matthew says:

    I’ve always wanted to improve my illustration skills. Can’t wait for more about this.

    Great job, Envato! Another great site. Can’t wait for more “sessions”.

  2. Nuno says:

    I would love to learn how to do this wallpaper. Please a plus tutorial. Loved it.

  3. Collis Ta'eed says:

    Hooray, well done Sean Hodge on compiling our very first Session, and awesome to see Ryan Putnam’s formidable talents at work making killer wallpapers and cover art :-) Woohoo!

  4. jamie says:

    wow this is awsome!
    im gunna be on this like white on rice!

  5. This idea and site are awesome – I simply cannot wait to immerse myself in the “session” idea and learn from the best the start-to-finish practices on so many different things.

    Character design is going to be awesome, too, for the fact that there’s many sites out there that like to have a mascot or regular “character” to grace their various pages and topics.

    Not only will this help people understand the flow of a project and give them a good path to follow along with, it’ll also help with learning techniques both in-and-out of their software suites.

    This is gonna be a fun ride guys, really looking forward to it!

    Signed, a massive Envato fan :)

  6. Barney2010 says:

    My days are filled with Envato now, where I gonna get more time? Thanks Guys Top notch.
    BTW Just saw CS5 unveil Wtf> Just awesome

  7. mamjed says:

    oooh, this looks nice!

  8. Andreas Galster says:

    Haha lol that’s so funny. This site looks 100% like I would design it! You used my beloved Museo font x). Love the design!

  9. Aravind says:


    Kindly help us…!!!…

    How to do this kind of awesome wallpaper…..????

  10. Nana Yaw says:

    Great cant wait to see more

  11. fbizzy says:

    This is an awesome idea…been a tuts+ fan for a long time and what i have learnt is worth more than my college degree. thankz guys. Cant wait

  12. Kriss Suarez says:

    this tutorials, and information about illustration will be very very usefull for a lot of us.
    Thanks for this guys, it will help in a big way.

  13. Manuel says:

    Congratulation! and thanks a lot for this cool tutorials. I really love it :-)

  14. Ali Hussain says:

    I always love to create mascots/illustrations but fail to comeup with a drawing of them. I hope this session or i can say crash course can help me. Thankyou Tuts+ and Ryan

  15. Joy says:

    So exciting! I’m looking forward to all the sessions! Thanks for providing this service!

  16. oscar mosht says:

    thank you very much for sharing knowledge, this tutorials are AWESOME, Congratulations

    i love envato!!

  17. Diana says:

    Creative Sessions is a brilliant idea and character design is a great start for this sessions :)


  18. Tom says:

    Very créative design !

  19. moasa says:

    This is awesome.. Thanks a lot for sharing things………

  20. Carine Ma says:

    What a great idea!

  21. The website rocks and looking forward to seeing the new articles. This is going to be good! Thanks for all the work!

  22. Metrodesk says:

    WOW ! great thanks !

  23. Ann says:

    hi. sorry, but where is the how to? introduction and wallpaper? thanks.

  24. Imran says:

    WOW!! .. Thank You so much to sharing the wonderful knowledge.

  25. Hi, Nice to found this website and cool articles, actually i am newbie in illustration design and concept, but eager to learn about it, so… this website actually can be my guidance to improve myself. about learning the illustration skill, concept, and design.

    Nice to know all of you guys, and let me introduce myself, my name is Steven,

  26. Beto says:

    This looks interested I got my pencil on my ear and ready. =0)

  27. Krimo says:

    Great resources especially for beginners. You guys should consider doing this across all the envato network.