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          2h 48min intermediate Resources

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

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          Creating Human Characters
          1. Episode: Creating Human Characters
          19min

          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.

          Creating Animal Characters
          2. Episode: Creating Animal Characters
          30min

          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.

          Dressing Your Characters
          3. Episode: Dressing Your Characters
          13min

          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.

          Adding Character & Emotion
          4. Episode: Adding Character & Emotion
          29min

          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.

          Adding Body Language
          5. Episode: Adding Body Language
          25min

          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.

          Creating a Sense of Movement
          6. Episode: Creating a Sense of Movement
          23min

          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.

          Placing Characters in Context
          7. Episode: Placing Characters in Context
          29min

          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.

          About the Teacher

          Lynne Chapman
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          Learn to develop and draw original characters brimming with personality for picture books that kids (and adults!) can't put down.
          Eric  Johnson
          Eric Johnson
          Develop and refine enchanting animal characters that captivate audiences of all ages!
          Shadra Strickland
          Shadra Strickland
          Unlock your inner storyteller and illustrate a picture book that will captivate children and publishers alike.
          1. Episode: Creating Human Characters 19min
          2. Episode: Creating Animal Characters 30min
          3. Episode: Dressing Your Characters 13min
          4. Episode: Adding Character & Emotion 29min
          6. Episode: Creating a Sense of Movement 23min
          7. Episode: Placing Characters in Context 29min

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