Character Design Premium Track

This Premium Track will help you sharpen your fundamental skills in order to help you create your own innovative character designs. We will cover essential skills and topics like shape language, the psychology of color, turnarounds, expressions, poses, thumbnail sketches, silhouette, story, and more.

Here is your opportunity to work with guidance and comprehensive support from Prof Lieu and the Art Prof staff!

Enrollment is currently closed

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Premium Track Features

  • 6 students only, allowing for close guidance and prompt feedback, and comprehensive attention from our staff.
  • 2 live voice sessions every week with Prof Lieu and a Teaching Artist.
  • Voice sessions are about 60 min., held in our Discord.
  • 30 min., one-on-one review with Prof Lieu at the end of the track.
  • Access to private channels in our Discord where you’ll get support and critiques from our staff on weekdays.
  • Access to an open voice channel where you can hang out with other members on voice.
  • Premium Track “alumni” will continue to have access to the private Discord channels once the track ends.

Sample Discord Critiques

Watch a voice session

The staff was amazing!! They were super easy to access, and they were very personable. All three (Prof Lieu, Cat, and Jordan) made the environment super relaxed, which made it easier to make more work and share that work with them without the fear of judgment.

100% all feedback from staff was helpful and never to be mean or to put down (like what can happen in more traditional classrooms). It felt more like peers/friends giving a helpful kick in the rear to create things that you want to make, than a teacher forcing students to be miserable and bored making pieces you don’t even want to do.

About our Staff

Prof Lieu has 15 years of teaching studio art at the college level, and was an Adjunct Professor at the Rhode Island School of Design from 2007-2020. See Prof Lieu’s full CV. Read more about Teaching Artist Jordan McCracken-Foster.

Art Supplies

We understand that many people have limited budgets for supplies, so our premium tracks are structured so that you can use any materials you want, within that track’s focus.

For this Character Design Track, you can use digital media, traditional media, or even a combination of the 2! Below are suggestions to explore.

Software List: Digital Media

ProcreateKritaAdobe PhotoshopClip Studio PaintPaint Tool SAIAdobe FrescoMediBang PaintGimp

Supply Lists: Drawing Media

ballpoint pen/gel pensdip penbrush pen markersCaran d’Ache crayonscolored pencil, pencil, ink wash

Hear from an Art Prof Student

Read Brittany Spiszer’s blog posts about her experience in the Painting Basics Premium Track.

“I am super pleased to say that this class is a great representation of college art classes – and even better in some aspects! First, I loved the one-on-one attention we received from all three teachers.

When you’re in college, you might be in a class with 15-20 other students – and competing for attention with 40-60 other students depending on how many classes that professor teaches. This class had 6 students total, which allowed everyone to get ample individualized feedback and guidance.”

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Student info

  • Limit 6 students
  • Enrollment is first come, first serve
  • All students are required to join our Discord

Due on the Registration Deadline


  • We require 4 students to run the track.
  • We will confirm whether the track is running by the Wednesday after the Friday registration deadline.
  • If the track does not run, you will receive a full refund no later than a week from the Friday registration deadline.


  • All payments are non-refundable if the track runs.
  • There are no refunds for missed voice sessions, or if a student is late to a voice session.
  • We only issue refunds if the track does not run due to lack of enrollment.