Building Character 1: Design and Sketch Your Character

Jesse LeDoux, Illustrator, Artist, Designer

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8 Videos (26m)
    • Introduction

      1:40
    • Reference

      6:46
    • Tools

      0:56
    • Character Attributes

      1:56
    • Basic Shapes

      3:22
    • Physical Features

      6:12
    • Details

      4:41
    • Conclusion

      0:37
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About This Class

This is the first class in the 3-part 'Building Character' series on creating a unique character! Join artist Jesse LeDoux — former Art Director of Sub Pop Records and character designer for Disney, Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network — as he designs and sketches a character based on 3 personal attributes. This 28-minute class will open your mind to endless possibilities as you'll explore Jesse's style and watch him create a character.

You should take this class if you're interested in character design and exploring the inner depths of your imagination. Designers, artists, and illustrators of all skill levels welcome. By the end, you'll be ready to sketch and share your own unique character with the class for feedback, inspiration, and encouragement from fellow illustrators! 

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Simple, but for a beginner, very insightful.
Sam Taylor

Editor by day, artist by night.

Simple but good. I thought he was going to be individually expanding on the bonus things to focus on (Target age/gender/size etc). I like the tip about segmenting for animation.
Very easy way to get started designing your characters.
Darrin Smith

And so it begins

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Jesse LeDoux

Illustrator, Artist, Designer

Born in Portland, Oregon, Jesse LeDoux worked for many years as an art director for Seattle-based Sub Pop Records where he created iconic album and poster artwork for such artists as the Shins ('Best album packaging' Grammy nominee for Chutes Too Narrow), Iron and Wine and Death Cab for Cutie before leaving in 2004 to focus on his client-based and personal work at LeDouxville.

Parallel to working on commercial illustration and collaborative projects for such clients as Starbucks, Nike,...

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