A course by Denis Zilber

Light, color and nature in a character design

Learn to apply the incidence of light, the combination of colors and textures in a character design.

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86 students
In EnglishEn Inglés
Subtitles: SpanishEn Español
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  • Lesson 1: 14’00”
  • Lesson 2: 11’36”
  • Lesson 3: 10’28”
  • Lesson 4: 13’20”
  • Lesson 5: 14’56”
  • Lesson 6: 12’05”
  • Lesson 7: 13’15”
  • Lesson 8: 14’01”
  • Lesson 9: 14’32”
  • Lesson 10: 14’36”
  • Lesson 11: 13’14”
  • Lesson 12: 11’17”
  • Total Length 4x: 2h. 35’ 20”
    Total Length 10h. 20’

Learn to apply the incidence of light, the combination of colors and textures in a character design.

Denis Zilber is an illustrator born in the Russian city of Minsk who now works and lives in Tel Aviv (Israel).
Specialist character design and commercial illustration, his mastery of light and color bring to their work a recognizable brand and palpable quality control technique and flawless finish.

His skill and ability to provide character and expression to all his characters, has made him an essential reference in the current landscape illustration.

Denis Zilber is a reference illustration international level and recognizable by their strong personal style. Among his sources of inspiration include authors such as Poly Bernatene, Wouter Tulp, Shaun Tan, Rebecca Dautremer, Jean-Baptiste Monge, Sebastian Kruger, Tadahiro Uesugi, Nicolas Marlet, Norman Rockwell, Gil Elvgren, Sergio Toppi, Artur de Pins, Alberto Mielgo . They have all had a positive and steady influence on the work of Zilber, which has allowed him to integrate their growing as an artist in his professional projection knowledge.

Composición de ilustraciones de Denis Zilber


Purpose of the courses

In this course you will enjoy the advice and experiences of Denis Zilber about the creation and design of the character. To do this, we will work on light, correcting illuminations and its effects. In addition, we will create and add different color blocks and combinations thereof. We will also learn to get correct textures such as metal or plastic, to give greater coherence to the character; and to show the light and brightness snugly to each of its parts. In this sense, follow their advice will be essential to control the reflection and diffusion between different types of fabrics and materials.

We'll see how Denis performs the selection of colors when rendering when painting. That is, how he is able to carry out the perfect understanding between light and color; or how he gives the appearance or three-dimensional look to their characters. Even how he is able to work the skin tones, simplify or give it a realistic character.

The treatment of the fund will be made very freely, both in terms of textures and pictorial range. Separating the character of the background in some cases or, if appropriate, making a flat or three-dimensional text to the bottom line.

The video has a total duration of 2:35 hours. Its actual duration is over 10 hours but has been accelerated to quadruple speed. Thus, it is 4x faster than the original. Denis has taken this decision to make the most convenient way to see and learn from the course. To see some detail or a menu to choose Denis, you just have to pause the tutorial and look closer.

Who these are for?

Este curso está dirigido a los amantes de la ilustración y el diseño de personajes, así como a todas aquellas personas que quieran mejorar su técnica y adquirir el dominio del color digital y la luz que Denis imprime en todos sus trabajos.

This course is aimed at lovers of illustration and character design. Also those who want to improve their technique and gain mastery of digital color and light that Denis prints in all his works.


In this case, there are several requirements. Recommended materials are: computer or graphics tablet, Photoshop, and a table to work.

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Videos made by professionals who will explain their techniques and knowledge so that you, whenever you want, can learn and enhance all the skills and abilities you have to achieve the goal.

BLURONE courses can be seen again and again, at the time you want and in the place you choose. You are the one who marks the times and work.

About the artist

Denis Zilber

Denis Zilber

Freelance illustrator and visual storyteller, Minsk, Russia, 1982.

It has more than 8 years of professional experience.

Self-taught, Denis learning is based on continuous practice, and the tireless study of theory, granted, today, an undeniable relevance in the current artwork.

Throughout his career, Denis has worked and collaborated in various artistic fields including advertising, publishing and children's books illustration, video, games, animation character design, and movies.

In recent years, Denis has worked with such important magazines such as GQ, FHM, Maxim, Playboy, Blazer or National Geographic. They also highlight the work of this artist with the most important animation studios internationally as: Hasbro Animation, Dreamworks, Nickelodeon, Rhythm and Hues, Eevolver.

In the field of children's books he has collaborated with: Penguin Publishing and Scholastic Books, Hotkey Books, Sterling Children's Books and Clubhouse Jr.

In recent years, Denis has started to teach and give lectures on illustration and narration throughout the world, from Brazil, Mexico and USA, through Spain, Portugal, Russia, Belarus and Israel.