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          People in Picture Books: Developing Your Main Character

          2h 4min intermediate Resources

          Learn to develop and draw original characters brimming with personality for picture books that kids (and adults!) can't put down.

          Episode descriptions

          Warm-Up
          1. Episode: Warm-Up
          21min

          Meet Doreen Mulryan, children's book illustrator extraordinaire and your guide to developing a strong main character. In this first lesson, you'll learn all about how to get started. From picking the right materials to brainstorming your character's personality traits, Doreen has you covered!

          Basic Pose & Construction
          2. Episode: Basic Pose & Construction
          13min

          How your characters move around goes a long way toward explaining who they are. In this lesson, Doreen gives you a step-by-step guide to drawing basic anatomy and shows you how to create more dynamic, interesting poses that add drama and personality.

          Faces, Expressions, Hands & Feet
          3. Episode: Faces, Expressions, Hands & Feet
          20min

          Doreen was once intimidated by hands. But now she's got tips to help you draw them, along with feet and the all-important facial expressions that will help give your character personality. By the end of this lesson, you'll feel comfortable drawing some of the more challenging body parts.

          Types of Characters
          4. Episode: Types of Characters
          15min

          Now that you have the tools and skills to draw your main character, it's time to start exploring different traits. Doreen shows you how to select for body type, along with how to tell the story not just through expressions but also through qualities such as clothing.

          Developing Your Character
          5. Episode: Developing Your Character
          18min

          Next, it's time to add personality. Doreen walks you through her process of development, from building a character sheet and scripting through sketching and drawing a turnaround to create the most well-rounded character possible.

          Finding Your Story
          6. Episode: Finding Your Story
          18min

          Learn to tell your character's story entirely through images, not words. Doreen shares some of her own thumbnail sketches and demonstrates how to put such sketches in specific, personality-revealing environments.

          Incorporating Color
          7. Episode: Incorporating Color
          19min

          Doreen teaches you how to brighten your characters and their environment by incorporating color. Learn how to choose colors, the benefits of sticking to a limited palette and the quickest, easiest way to add some stunning final touches to give your images a cohesive look.

          About the Teacher

          Doreen Mulryan
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          People in Picture Books: Developing Your Main Character