Characters in Motion: Capturing Motion in Illustration

, Digital Artist and Hobbyist

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Class Project

Sketch a character in motion

About the Class

In this class I will teach you how to sketch and illustrate a character in a scene. From gaming to movies to comic art, my artwork spans medium and is always full of energy and movement, keeping a modern comic art feel.

I will teach you how to execute the finer details of sketching to acheive an understanding of anatomy, the way a body moves in motion, and how lighting and shading work with this style.

What You'll Learn

I'll teach you my sketching process and how to build on your scene and character:

  • Introduction. Introduction to concepting a character in a scene. 
  • Sketching the body with shapes. How to sketch a body in motion using shapes and gestures.
  • Drawing facial expression. How to sketch and suggest facial expression on your character.
  • Making your character interact in a scene. How to place your character and make them engage with their scene.
  • Shading and final touches. How to shade your character and add final touches to your drawing.

What You'll Do

You'll learn to sketch a character in a scene by illustrating your own Super Hero or Super Villain in dynamic action. 

Having a solid drawing underneath your work is essential to creating polished, professional digital art. The process of establishing structure in pencil and sketching the fine details will heighten the quality and depth of your work once you transfer your drawing to Photoshop. 

More Information

Level: Beginner

School: Fine Art

Related Subjects: Art, Digital Illustration, Drawing, Character Design, Character Animation, Sketching

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At a Glance

  • 7 Video Lessons (40m)
  • 920 Students
  • 91% Positive Reviews (33)
  • Self-Paced Online Class

About the Teacher

Patrick Brown

Patrick Brown

Digital Artist and Hobbyist

I have lived in Australia my whole life, I started drawing at the age of 5. By the time I got to college, I learned how to use Photoshop to make my art digital and more dynamic.I have ...

91% Positive Reviews

Emil Torres

Emil Torres

This was awesome and I would love to see another class by Patrick, especially if he does one about his digital process or one more focused on environment and perspective.

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