Use easy, effective techniques to draw believable human and animal characters with page-turning personality.
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.
Learn the advantages and disadvantages of using animals as characters. Practice sketching a cute cat with humanized features, such as feet and a smile, and discover how altered proportions add personality. Then, expand your characterization with Lynne's techniques to draw animal-specific details.
Adding clothes to your characters makes it more fun for the reader! Learn how Lynne uses small details to help readers identify gender, social codings and personality traits. Just don't cover up your animal-specific details! Lynne helps you determine other potential problems with dressing animals.
Lynne demonstrates the range of emotions possible with simple manipulations to facial features. Learn how to position certain features to create a variety of expressions for your characters, whether they're animals or humans! Then, see how eyebrows and mouths play a huge role in displaying emotion.
Discover how body language plays a major role in deciphering emotion in humans and animals alike. Lynne demonstrates how a few simple strokes can change a character from scared to sad and every emotion in between. Then, learn about hand-to-face variations and how hand placement shows expressive details.
Make your characters walk and run with Lynne's guidance! Learn to decipher which details portray running characters and which details portray walking characters. Then, sketch a running bear to get the angles right. Finally, express emotion and movement together to create a chase scene.
Now that you can draw any character you want, Lynne teaches you how to place them in a scene! Learn how to use angles to portray human and animal characters interacting with their environment in a natural-looking way. Then, explore how to use setting to help push the narrative of your illustration.