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Digital Character Design

In this special summer edition of Saturday Art School, young artists aged 10-12 have the chance to develop digital drawing skills and explore iconic styles such as Disney.

To book your young artist's place today, simply click the 'Book Now' button to be taken to AUB's secure online store, where you can complete your booking.

What you need to know

When does it run?

Saturday 15 April – 3 June 2023, 09.30-12.30

Where does it take place?

Classes will take place on AUB's campus

Your young artist will be taught in AUB's industry-standard studios with access to professional resources.

Who's this course for?

This course has been developed for aspiring designers aged 10-12.

This is an introductory course, so your young artist doesn't need any previous experience, just buckets of enthusiasm!

If you'd like to discuss if this course is suitable for your young artist, get in touch with us: or +44 (0) 1202 363222.

Why should you choose this course?

This course is designed for budding creatives to be curious, playful, and eager to learn more about and immerse themselves in the world of digital drawing.

Your young artist will learn alongside up to 16 other like-minded youngsters, make friends, and have fun along the way.

At the end of the course, your young artist will leave with an increased confidence in their abilities, have a wealth of new skills that they can apply to their everyday life and beyond, and an excitement for future art and design studies.

How much does this course cost?


What's included in this price?

  • All course materials and resources

What should you bring to class?

  • Everything your young artist will need to take part in the course will be provided by us – no hidden costs!
  • Classes are practical, so wear clothes that you don't mind your young artists getting messy

About this course

This special summer edition of Saturday Art School gives young artists aged 10-12 the chance to broaden their creative horizons by exploring the world of digital art – an increasingly popular discipline within the creative industries. On this course they'll learn how to design and generate compelling digital characters, taking inspiration from iconic animations such as Disney.

As a starting point, your young artist will take inspiration from animated films, and from this, create initial sketch concepts. They'll then be guided to transform their design concepts using Adobe Photoshop and handy digital imaging tablets.

Your young artist will explore what makes a character endearing and engaging, as well as what makes them odious or off-putting. This understanding will feed into character design to make them realistic and credible.

Using Adobe Photoshop to digitise their designs, your young artist will learn about a variety of techniques and tools to aid the creative process, including making selections, use of layers and how to use different digital brushes and pens for different effects.

By the end of the course, your young artist will have created two digitally generated characters to add to their artistic portfolios.

At every turn in their creative journey, your young artist will be expertly guided by their tutor, Milly Martin, who has an arts teaching background and is an experienced children’s book illustrator.

Throughout the course, your young artist will explore a variety of different genres, including Disney princesses, loathsome baddies, and creepy characters.

  • Fundamental digital-based art skills, processes and manipulation
  • A range of techniques used in digital drawing, including making selections, changing opacity levels, adding, subtracting, and merging layers
  • The skills needed to digitise designs in Adobe Photoshop using a digital tablet
  • Explore the work of other artists
  • Drawing, sketching and idea development
  • Basic colour usage and theory
  • Examine how the animated film industry creates instant personality in a character
  • Explore and understand how style of body, facial attributes (eye shape and head shape), accessories and clothing can contribute to showing personality and context of a character

  • Possess improved drawing and artistic techniques
  • Understand how Photoshop can be used to bring their characters to life
  • Have increased confidence in their own skills
  • Have boosted creativity and imagination
  • Untap their potential and talent
  • Appreciate teamwork and team building ethics
  • Be encouraged to experiment and explore their ideas
  • Feel inspired by the new skills they've learnt and from sharing ideas with new friends
  • Have the foundations to continue creating beyond this course

All students with 100% course attendance will be issued with an official AUB Short Course certificate of attendance.

After this course, your young artist could:

  • Continue to harness their creativity; explore our full range of Saturday Art School courses to see where their creative journey will take them next.
  • Look forward to the future and the next step(s) in their creative journey by exploring AUB's Foundation Diploma in Art, Design and Media.
  • Continue to develop their skills at home as a hobby.

  • Your young artist will study at a leading specialist university – we know what we're doing when it comes to providing unparalleled courses
  • Our tutors are industry professionals, so they'll learn from the best
  • We cater for all abilities and have no formal entry requirements for this course, so there's nothing holding you back
  • Your young artist will learn in a safe and encouraging environment where there's no right or wrong way to be creative
  • They'll learn 'by doing' and always feel fully included and supported
  • They'll benefit from our incredible campus and its industry-standard studios, and use state-of-the-art equipment and software to unleash their creativity
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Meet your tutor

Milly Martin

Milly Martin is a talented arts educator, an experienced children's book author, and freelance illustrator specialising in Photoshop.

Your young artists will develop a range of new art and design skills and techniques connected to digital drawing and character design. They'll use real-world examples of animated characters as inspiration and explore different iconic styles, including Disney, to create their own fully-formed characters in Adobe Photoshop. Your young artist will explore how clothing, body shape, facial attributes, and accessories can convey the nature of a character. All projects will unleash your young artist's imagination and allow their voice to shine through.