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

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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I'd recommend this class to someone who has a little drawing training. Going in as a newbie/ hobbyist, I couldn't think creatively enough to make my own character. But following along I did really well drawing his character. So a great quick class for someone who draws daily.
Chrystani Heinrich

Trying to unlock my millenial powers...

This was delightful. I'm taking all his classes
Emmy Williams

Ever curious life long learner

He has long pauses so be patient if you want to enroll

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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 Nike, Disney, Giro, Penguin UK, Rome Snowboards and Target, he has exhibited internationally. His work was included in the Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial (2007), an installation at the University of Maryland (2008), and has work in the permanent collection of the Experience Music Project (Seattle, WA), Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (Cleveland, OH), and 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art (Kanazawa, Japan).

He currently lives and works in Seattle, WA. Learn more at LeDouxville.com.