Adding Personality to your Characters | Illustration and Visual Development

Cara Ord, Illustrator & Graphic Designer

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18 Lessons (1h 17m)
    • 1. Class Introduction

    • 2. Getting Started

    • 3. Stereotypes

    • 4. Juxtaposition

    • 5. Heroes and Villains

    • 6. Let's start building your character

    • 7. Personality Mindmap

    • 8. Real Life Persona

    • 9. Anatomy

    • 10. Posture

    • 11. Style

    • 12. Expressions

    • 13. Actions and Reactions

    • 14. Activities and Props

    • 15. Outfit

    • 16. Movement

    • 17. Part of a team

    • 18. Final Project


About This Class

Hello, My name is Cara and I am your tutor, as well as a long time professional illustrator and graphic designer. I have worked with clients right around the world, if you would like to learn more about me head to my website

In this class you will be taken through the theory and practice of character design and tips and tricks to take your illustrations to the next level. It is a great class for all skill levels in drawing as it is not so much a how to draw class, but a how to add expression, story and interest to your art. These techniques can be used for single illustrations or fully fleshed out stories (picture books, graphics novels and the like). 

The class itself really breaks down each aspect of building a character, right from anatomy to posture and props, to help highlight how to make a good story. The class is accompanied by a workbook which will guide you through your projects and help you layer each aspect of character step by step. By the end of this class you will have a fully developed character as well as all the knowledge you need to create intriguing personalities and stories in your art. 

The class is designed to give you the basics, once you have run through all of the video lessons you will then be able to make quick decisions and repeat the class process in a matter of minutes, making every drawing you create from now on better and better.

If you would like to contact me for any reason you can message me here through Skillshare or reach out at one of the below places (I will always be online, somewhere).   
instagram @cara.ord.create

Although I wish I could fit everything you need into one video series, it would make a class so long and convoluted that it would be difficult to watch and there will be way too much information to process. In light of this I have included below a few links to different courses that you can take to help you along the way in your illustration journey. If you have any questions you feel these courses won't answer feel free to message me, I am so happy to talk to any students who need a hand, or just want to chat. There are also more classes on my Skillshare page, I have just made a restricted selection of what I think will be most helpful for you.

Classes that may benefit you:

Drawing can be tricky and getting a likeness can be challenging, If you are struggling with this drawing from reference may assist you to develop a better understanding of posing, anatomy, colour and structure. This short class takes you through how to draw from reference to learn and improve your skills.

This current class is all about adding personality to your characters, however you may not yet have a coherent and consistent style and may find implementing some of the exercises in this class challenging (as it does call for repetition in character design). If you have found your style has yet to settle, we may be ablate boost the process along with this short tutorial series.

This is a class that will come up as you do your video lessons. It is a dedicated and extensive study on drawing the face. The face is the most expressive and important part of the figure, especially when adding in personality, and so I recommend knowing all you can about facial structures and movement before diving into character development. 

If you would like to learn how to draw digitally or if you are curious about the program I am using to create these tutorial illustrations you can check out my class on Procreate. This app is the best illustration tool for the iPad, in my opinion.