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60+ Outstanding Character Design Tutorials

Characters and mascots are often used by brands, products, and websites to help with identity and communicating a specific message to customers/visitors. For many web designers character design is not an area of particular strength. Fortunately, there are a lot of quality tutorials that are readily available to explain the ins and outs of character design and to lead you through the process of designing a sample character.

Being able to design characters and mascots for your clients can be a great way to allow your services to stand out and to offer something that can make a big impact for your clients. If you’re looking to get started with character design or to improve your skills, here is a collection of 30 character design tutorials on the subject. This collection includes tutorials for Illustrator and Photoshop, and CorelDRAW is even represented.

Create a Happy Sun Character (Illustrator Tutorial)

Create a Happy Sun Character

Creating a Simple Kawaii Yeti with Basic Shapes in Adobe Illustrator

Creating a Simple Kawaii Yeti with Basic Shapes in Adobe Illustrator

Create a Cool Vector Robot Character in Illustrator

Create a Cool Vector Robot Character in Illustrator

How to Create a Fun, Red-Haired Boy Character (Photoshop)

How to Create a Fun, Red-Haired Boy Character

Draw a Pirate Character in Photoshop

Draw a Pirate Character in Photoshop

Draw a Cartoon Monster Character in Photoshop

Draw a Cartoon Monster Character in Photoshop

How to Create an 8-Bit Pixel Character in Illustrator

How to Create an 8-Bit Pixel Character in Illustrator

Fun Vector Monster Character Illustrator Tutorial

Fun Vector Monster Character Illustrator Tutorial

How to Create a Cool Vector Yeti Character in Illustrator

How to Create a Cool Vector Yeti Character in Illustrator

How to Create a Cute Hairy Vector Monster Character (Illustrator)

How to Create a Cute Hairy Vector Monster Character

Create a Cute Vector Penguin Character in Illustrator

Create a Cute Vector Penguin Character in Illustrator

How to Create a Cute Robot Game Sprite Using SSR in Adobe Illustrator

How to Create a Cute Robot Game Sprite Using SSR in Adobe Illustrator

How to Illustrate a Super Cute Monster with Custom Brushes (Illustrator)

How to Illustrate a Super Cute Monster with Custom Brushes

How to Create Vector Mascot Characters Using a Graphic Tablet (Illustrator)

How to Create Vector Mascot Characters Using a Graphic Tablet

How to Create a Web Site Mascot (Illustrator)

How to Create a Web Site Mascot

Create a Cute Creature Character from a Sketch (Illustrator)

Create a Cute Creature Character from a Sketch

Create a Cute and Simple Hippo Face (Illustrator)

Create a Cute and Simple Hippo Face

Draw a Funny Cartoon Character in Photoshop with Shapes and Pen Tool

Draw a Funny Cartoon Character in Photoshop with Shapes and Pen Tool

How to Create a Very Scary but Cute Monster in Illustrator

How to Create a Very Scary but Cute Monster in Illustrator

How to Create a Cute and Cuddly Vector Dinosaur Character in Illustrator

How to Create a Cute and Cuddly Vector Dinosaur Character in Illustrator

Create a Lady Bug Using Adobe Illustrator

Create a Lady Bug Using Adobe Illustrator

How to Create Angry Birds Characters in Adobe Illustrator

How to Create Angry Birds Characters in Adobe Illustrator

Create a Cute Twitter Bird Character in Illustrator

Create a Cute Twitter Bird Character in Illustrator

Design a Business Chick Character (Illustrator)

Design a Business Chick Character

Create Monstrous Characters with Illustrator CS5’s Bristle Brush

Create Monstrous Characters with Illustrator CS5's Bristle Brush

How to Create a Happy Drummer Using Adobe Illustrator and VectorScribe Plugin

How to Create a Happy Drummer Using Adobe Illustrator and VectorScribe Plugin

Using Gradients to Create a Slick & Fun Cartoon Worm in Adobe Illustrator

Using Gradients to Create a Slick & Fun Cartoon Worm in Adobe Illustrator

How to Draw and Vector a Kawaii Vampire Chibi in Illustrator

How to Draw and Vector a Kawaii Vampire Chibi in Illustrator

How to Create a Geek Zombie Mascot in CorelDRAW

How to Create a Geek Zombie Mascot in CorelDRAW

How to Illustrate a Cute Basketball Player with Simple Shapes (Illustrator)

How to Illustrate a Cute Basketball Player with Simple Shapes

Create a Super Happy Octopus Character

Create a Super Happy Octopus Character

Create a Cute Furry Vector Monster in Illustrator

Create a Cute Furry Vector Monster in Illustrator

Create Simple Cartoon Characters in Photoshop

Create Simple Cartoon Characters in Photoshop

How to Create an Original Pin-Up Girl in Photoshop

How to Create an Original Pin-Up Girl in Photoshop

Drunken Monkey Photoshop Tutorial

Drunken Monkey Photoshop Tutorial

Drawing Homer Simpson

Drawing Homer Simpson

How to Create a Website Mascot

How to Create a Website Mascot

Create a Blue Vector Character from Pencil Sketch to Coloring

Create a Blue Vector Character from Pencil Sketch to Coloring

Create a Cute Vector Monster from a Pencil Sketch

Create a Cute Vector Monster from a Pencil Sketch

Create a Cute Panda Bear Face Icon

Create a Cute Panda Bear Face Icon

How to Create a Vector Illustration and Prepare it for Micro-Stock Sale

How to Create a Vector Illustration and Prepare it for Micro-Stock Sale

Illustrator Tutorial – Create a Gang of Vector Ninjas

Illustrator Tutorial - Create a Gang of Vector Ninjas

How to Illustrate a Cute Emo Kid

How to Illustrate a Cute Emo Kid

The Making of Abe, the Are My Sites Up? Mascot

The Making of Abe, the Are My Sites Up? Mascot

How to Create a Stinking Zombie Flesh-Eater in Illustrator

How to Create a Stinking Zombie Flesh-Eater in Illustrator

Create a Character Illustration Wallpaper

Create a Character Illustration Wallpaper

Vectorial Character Design with Illustrator

Vectorial Character Design with Illustrator

Character Illustration

Character Illustration

How to Create Your Own Vector Cartoon Character

How to Create Your Own Vector Cartoon Character

Create a Vector Art Twitter Bird Character Icon in Adobe Illustrator

Create a Vector Art Twitter Bird Character Icon in Adobe Illustrator

Animate a Flying Bird

Animate a Flying Bird

How to Create a Cute Hippo Character

How to Create a Cute Hippo Character

How to Create a Cute and Adorable Twitter Icon in Photoshop

How to Create a Cute and Adorable Twitter Icon in Photoshop

Create Your Own Monster

Create Your Own Monster

Iron Man Movie Wallpaper

Iron Man Movie Wallpaper

How to Create a Killer Chainsaw Bunny Character

How to Create a Killer Chainsaw Bunny Character

How to Create a Cute Bunny Vector Character

How to Create a Cute Bunny Vector Character

Cartoon Tutorial with a Wacom Tablet

Cartoon Tutorial with a Wacom Tablet

How to Illustrate a LeBron James Cartoon Character

How to Illustrate a LeBron James Cartoon Character

Create a Cool Vector Panda Character in Illustrator

Create a Cool Vector Panda Character in Illustrator

Create a “Minion” Character from the Despicable Me Movie

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Create a Textured Female Robot in Photoshop

Create a Textured Female Robot in Photoshop

Milk Monster and Chocolate Splash

Milk Monster and Chocolate Splash

How to Create a Vector Soldier Character in Illustrator

How to Create a Vector Soldier Character in Illustrator

Create a Cute Vector Reindeer Character in Illustrator

Create a Cute Vector Reindeer Character in Illustrator

Create a Simple Mechanic Character in Illustrator

Create a Simple Mechanic Character in Illustrator

Create an Elegant Patterned Vector Owl in Illustrator

Create an Elegant Patterned Vector Owl in Illustrator

How to Draw a Cute Vector Dog Character in Illustrator

How to Draw a Cute Vector Dog Character in Illustrator

Draw a Character Concept Using Drapery in Photoshop

Draw a Character Concept Using Drapery in Photoshop

How to Create a Cute Gooey Blob from Scratch in Photoshop

How to Create a Cute Gooey Blob from Scratch in Photoshop

Character Design for the Boomrock Saints

Character Design for the Boomrock Saints

Create a Simple Character Face with Vector Shapes

Create a Simple Character Face with Vector Shapes

How to Make an Animated Paper Robot

How to Make an Animated Paper Robot

How to Design a Cheeky Koala Mascot Head

How to Design a Cheeky Koala Mascot Head

Create a Dirty Water Drop Character

Create a Dirty Water Drop Character

Create the Face of a Greedy Monkey

Create the Face of a Greedy Monkey

Create the Face of a Grumpy Bear

Create the Face of a Grumpy Bear

Create a Simple Penguin Character

Create a Simple Penguin Character

Showcase of Original and Clever Digital Illustrations of Characters

The Pied Piper by Otagoth

Digital Characters

Dark Sweet Rapunzel by hannsaki

Digital Characters

Hyper Cinderella by Metaborg

Digital Characters

Dorothy and Friends OZ by Giacobino

Digital Characters

Gerard Butler by Sarah Rose Oliver

Digital Characters

Doves Angel by Dahlig

Digital Characters

The Cheater by Samuel123

Digital Characters

The Light by Natsuki-3

Digital Characters

Dragon Crash by Hamsterfly

Digital Characters

Three Lil Pigs by GabrielHerrera

Digital Characters

Three Kingdoms, Zhang Chun Hua by Artgerm

Digital Characters

Frog Prince by juliedillon

Digital Characters

Blowing Bubbles by AquaSixio

Digital Characters

Green Whisper by nell-fallcard

Digital Characters

Sinbad the Sailor

Digital Characters

Robot Headshot by shalomone

Digital Characters

Survivor by 88grzes

Digital Characters

Sternberg by Yu Cheng Hong

Digital Characters

Cherry Bear by Zutto

Digital Characters

Hooded Woman by Charlie Bowater

Digital Characters

Dog by Kamirah

Digital Characters

Mariel by Kyvie

Digital Characters

Native Woman by Takumer

Digital Characters

Man with Pistol by Robotpencil

Digital Characters

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