12 Raster Character Illustration Styles for E-Learning

In this post, we’ll look at some RASTER styles, which have more texture and detail (but cannot be scaled without quality loss). In a previous post, we looked at vector styles, which is a technique that enables the illustrator to scale the drawing without losing quality.

I want to be clear that this is merely a sampling of the possibilities. An infinite number of styles can be created, and even the examples below can be “mixed and matched” in terms of the facial aspects, body-style, etc. The purpose of this post is simply to get the ideas flowing.

As before, we used some characters from the wizarding world. Maybe you’ll recognize them.

Limited Color-Scheme Style

When you limit your colors, you may get some interesting results. This is a great example of that.

Cartoony Style

A fun & playful style that works for various e-learning scenarios.

Condensed Facial Style

Similar to the Cartoony Style with a decreased focus on facial features.

Exaggerated Expression Style

This is the opposite of the Condensed Facial Style because the facial expressions are the focus.

Fuzzy Style

The texture here can be described as “fuzzy.” It has a calming/soothing effect.


Notice the “lighting” effect coming in from the side. Fun style!

Soft Highlight Style

This is another texture-based style that uses gradual highlights in color (check out the clothing).

Lines Style

If you look closely, the lines used to create this are relatively strong and straight. Great effect for a mature look.

Manga Style

Any manga or anime fans will recognize this right away. A good direction for “expressive” eyes to convey emotion.

Popular Style

We decided to call this “popular” because this style is commonly used – probably because it looks fairly realistic.

Tiny Necks Style

This is an example of focusing on a particular body part by making it unique in some way.

Watercolor Style

We wanted to show an example of something more “abstract” because the possibilies here are endless. Art has no “rules” and this is exemplifies that.

If you haven’t done so already, be sure to check out some vector styles in a separate post.

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