Animal Character Design Course - Self Paced

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.

 

The goal of this course is to…

  • Gain knowledge – I will share everything that I’ve learned over the years about successful animal character design.
  • Build competence – the step-by-step process is easy to follow and finish. Each new skill builds upon the other and can be added to your illustration toolkit for future projects.
  • Build confidence – the daily lessons help you to foster your own creative practice, one that you can continue well after the course.
  • Success – the lessons are practical and time-efficient, they are designed to fit in and around a busy lifestyle.

Join children's picture book illustrator Nina Rycroft.

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."

Weekly Projects

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.

Workbook

Each week you will receive a new section of the 'Animal Character Design Workbook'. 56-pages that complement the daily video lessons and tasks.

Portfolio

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.

From Observation to Imagination

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.

Curriculum

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
4.1 Fables
4.2 Villains
4.3 Five-step process
4.4 Group – silhouettes and more
4.5 Design and illustrate your 'dream team'

Tasks and Projects

Each week contains four smaller 'Tasks', each designed to build your skill level and to prepare you for the weekly 'Push Project'.

Pricing Options

Here's your opportunity to commit to this extraordinary journey.

SINGLE PAYMENT

$397

ONE TIME

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MONTHLY PAYMENTS

$140

PER MONTH FOR 3 MONTHS

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Learn the Fundamentals

Learn the fundamentals of animal character design and how to apply these to any illustration project.

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