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Online Class

Expressive Picture Book Characters

$19.99$39.99
Format

Online Class

$19.99

DVD

$24.99

Use easy, effective techniques to draw believable human and animal characters with page-turning personality.

Skill Level

Intermediate

What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Lynne Chapman
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

  • Once you purchase, find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.

Class Overview

Learn how to draw compelling characters for picture books that will be read again and again. Alongside accomplished illustrator Lynne Chapman, you'll start with techniques for using basic shapes to draw any human character with proportions perfect for picture books. With these fundamentals covered, find out how to draw cute animals with personified features and animal-specific details. Next, build skills for drawing clothes that reveal your character's gender, age, profession and personality traits. Move on to drawing facial expressions and body language that show your character's emotions and personality. Then, build confidence drawing characters on the move with two fun exercises. You'll even find out how to bring your scenes to life by showing the interactions between your characters and their surroundings.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Creating Human Characters
19:16
Meet your instructor, Lynne Chapman, and get started drawing expressive characters! Learn the basic shapes behind all human characters and identify the proportions defining young and old characters. Then, learn how to draw three-quarter-view facial features to add dimension to your drawing.
2. Creating Animal Characters
29:42
3. Dressing Your Characters
13:10
4. Adding Character & Emotion
28:48
5. Adding Body Language
24:51
6. Creating a Sense of Movement
22:58
7. Placing Characters in Context
28:50

Recommended with this class

  • Standard art supplies: pencils, pens, surfaces, kneaded eraser, craft knife

Taught by

Lynne  Chapman
Lynne Chapman
Over the course of nearly 30 years as an illustrator, Lynne Chapman has published more than 30 children's picture books. Along with working on books, Lynne has taught drawing and illustration at The Sheffield College and Hallam University in England, as well as in workshops across the globe. Lynne also runs Urban Sketchers Yorkshire and is an Urban Sketchers correspondent. You can enjoy an over-the-shoulder view of Lynne's work on her blog, An Illustrator's Life for Me.

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