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Expressive Picture Book Characters
Expressive Picture Book Characters
Lynne Chapman
Use easy, effective techniques to draw believable human and animal characters with page-turning personality.
Curiously Similar
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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.
Doreen Mulryan
Doreen Mulryan
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Develop and refine enchanting animal characters that captivate audiences of all ages!
Eric  Johnson
Eric Johnson
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Unlock your inner storyteller and illustrate a picture book that will captivate children and publishers alike.
Shadra Strickland
Shadra Strickland

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