Fantasy Illustration: Creatures And Characters

Drawing of animal mix Image by Quinton Delmar from Pixabay

Course Overview

Unleash your creativity through fantasy and science fiction art! Learn to draw and paint science fiction and fantasy creatures! Explore the anatomy and proportions of fantasy creatures in order to capture their essence.

Discover how you can depict creatures in action. We will also focus on learning how to draw three dimensionally, using light, shadow, detail, and color to make fantasy creature drawings and paintings come to life!

You’ll learn to combine these skills to depict a variety of creatures, such as: dragons, dinosaurs, mecha, kaiju, treants, robots, trolls, shape-shifters, cyborgs, mutants, insectoids and animal- and multi- creature hybrids! We will also explore how to depict all of the amazing things they do: running, flying, battling foes, rescuing heroes, breathing fire, and more!


Supplies Needed

(Updated: July 2022)


  • Pencils (Graphite):
    • 2B pencil
    • 4B pencil
    • 6B pencil
    • (Optional) 8B
    • (Optional) Woodless Pencil (6B or 8B)
  • 70 lb. or higher Drawing Paper Pad - either 9"x12" or 11"x14"
  • White vinyl eraser
  • Blending Stomps (or paper towel/ tissues for blending if you can't find these for first day)
  • Pencil Sharpener (preferably with shaving collector)
  • Mechanical Eraser, (Tombow Mono Knock 3.8) or pink eraser on back of pencil (for detail erasing and drawing white lines on gray areas)


  • Small collection of Brushes- a 1/4" filbert brush, a 3/8" filbert brush, and a 1/2" filbert brush, and detail brushes: Small #1 round, and/or a 1/4-inch angle brush
  • Jar or large plastic cup or container (like Yogurt or Peanut Butter Jar) for water
  • Paper Towels
  • Watercolor Paper Pad (8.5x11", 9x12", 11x14", or 11"x15") (120 lb. or higher)
  • Disposable paper palette pad (i.e., Strathmore, Canson, etc.)- 9x 12 or 12x16 (12x16 better because it has more room)
  • If you'd like a palette that keeps the paints wet between sessions, (optional), you can get a 12x16 stay wet palette, or another good option which you can find online which is cheaper/ better is the: "Hipiwe a4 file box (recommended)" (i.e. on Amazon) (If you get either "stay- wet" type palette, you'd still need a "disposable paper palette" (above) to put the paints on, inside of the "stay wet palette")
  • (optional) paper plates for additional paint mixing
  • (optional) Acrylic Matte Medium 
  • (optional) Spray bottle for keeping paints wet
  • (optional) Small table easel (optional, depending on if you like drawing/ painting on the table, or drawing/painting upright)
  • Paints:
    • Small Inexpensive set of Acrylic Paints 6-12 Colors (at least White, Yellow, Blue, Red, Green, Purple, Orange, Black) (i.e., Liquitex Basics)
    • If you'd like to get the complete range of Acrylics, (instead of the small set), these include: (optional): titanium white, light yellow, medium yellow, medium orange, medium red, magenta, purple, ultramarine blue, phthalo blue, phthalo green, black


Learning Objectives

  • Depict fantasy creatures through 3D form through light and shadow
  • Illustrate motion and action in fantasy creatures
  • Have knowledge and skills in the depiction of anatomy and proportions
  • Utilize light shadow and geometric objects to depict 3 dimensionalities
  • Use color mixing and paint application to depict fantasy creatures in color
  • Draw and paint a wide variety of fantasy creatures and characters in dynamic poses
  • Illustrate a variety of fantasy creature subject matter 


Who Might Enjoy This Class

  • Anyone who is interested in enriching their lives with the joy of fantasy creature drawing and painting
  • Artists who would like to gain or improve their drawing and painting skills and apply those skills to the subject of fantasy creatures
  • Anyone interested in fantasy and science fiction who would like to learn to portray characters and creatures
  • People currently drawing fantasy art who would like to improve their realism
  • Anyone who would like to gain the foundational skills of painting to apply to any visual art medium in the future


Class Details


Fall 2022

  • When : Thursday, Oct 20 to Dec 15 ; 6:30 pm to 8:45 pm
  • Location : Online
  • Fee : $269