If you have an interest in picture book illustration, concept art, surface pattern design, developing products for an online shop, cartooning or animation, this course is for you. You will be encouraged to add wit, spontaneity with straight-to-the-heart accuracy, building your skillset (and confidence) as an illustrator.
Learn the fundamentals of animal character design and how to apply these to any illustration project. "This course combines everything I love about designing expressive animal characters. I truly believe that what you learn in this course will positively impact every aspect of your illustration journey."
Each week you will receive 4 daily tasks designed to build one on the other preparing you for the weeks larger (portfolio-worthy) Push Projects.
Each week you will receive a new section of the 'Animal Character Design Workbook'. 56-pages that complement the daily video lessons and tasks.
Bring your portfolio to life by learning how to capture the heart and the imagination of the many characters that you design during the course.
This is a course on learning how to draw expressive animal characters. It is not a tight set of lessons on perspective, light, and shadow, and photo-realism. I will provide you with tools for expressing your you-ness through the characters that you illustrate.
This is a course is not a tight set of lessons on perspective, light and shadow, and photo-realism. I will provide you with tools for expressing your you-ness through the characters that you illustrate.
We look at the ingredients needed for designing successful animal characters and finding the balance between observation and imagination.
1.0 Welcome to week one
1.1 An introduction to animal character design
1.2 The importance of observation
1.3 Sketching from reference vs. sketching from life
1.4 Observation to imagination
1.5 How to set up a successful sketchbook practice
We dive into anthropomorphism techniques helping us create charming, memorable characters.
2.0 Welcome to Week Two
2.1 What is anthropomorphism?
2.2 Moving parts
2.3 The importance of telling a story
2.4 Construction and volume
2.5 Strike a pose
Explore caricature, exaggerating features, pushing shapes, and exploring the many different ways to represent your animal character’s personality, style, and features.
3.0 Welcome to Week Three
3.1 What is caricature design?
3.2 Animal archetypes
3.3 Sketch. Design. Repeat.
3.4 Breakdown drawings
3.5 Design a caricature
Learn what makes the perfect cast of characters and how they work together. Learn how to define and combine them skillfully and in-depth.
4.0 Welcome to Week Four
4.3 Five-step process
4.4 Group – silhouettes and more
4.5 Design and illustrate your 'dream team'
Each week contains four smaller 'Tasks', each designed to build your skill level and to prepare you for the weekly 'Push Project'.
Learn the fundamentals of animal character design and how to apply these to any illustration project.