Character Design: Create a Character from any Animal

Hayden Aube, Illustrator & Designer

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15 Videos (2h 27m)
    • Introduction

    • Getting the most out of this class

    • Bears: Anatomy & Function

    • Bears: Learning While Drawing

    • Bears: Character Concepts

    • Bears: Finalizing Your Design

    • Dogs: Anatomy & Function

    • Dogs: Learning While Drawing

    • Dogs: Character Concepts

    • Dogs: Finalizing Your Design

    • Horses: Anatomy & Function

    • Horses: Learning While Drawing

    • Horses: Character Concepts

    • Horses: Finalizing Your Design

    • Going Forward

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About This Class

This class teaches you everything you need to know to draw any animal

By understanding how to draw bears, dogs and horses, you will finish this class with an understanding of animal anatomy and drawing that will make make any future animal way easier. Along with that, you'll be able to break away from realistic drawings by creating fun character designs from what you learn.

In this class you will learn

  • a step-by-step process for learning to draw any animal
  • the anatomy and function of bears, dogs and horses
  • the three movement classes that all land mammals fall into
  • how to draw from photos in a way that actually has you learn the subject
  • several techniques for coming up with interesting character concepts


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Absolutely loved this class! Very informative in teaching you how not only to study and observe different animal shapes, but how to do it as you are sketching your chosen animal. Creating a short list of traits that stand out to you during your observations can inspire a variety of designs and ideas as you progress. Then, use the basic shapes you observed to create your own original characters! Super fun way to study and really get a solid foundation before experimenting and stylizing animals of all kinds.
This is a nice course. If you don't have a problem with understanding animal anatomy, you are going to benefit mostly from the design process. And if you have no clue how animals work all of the videos will be helpful as they cover 3 most common mammal types. Personally I would appreciate a different kind of animals such as fish or birds, because all of the animals covered are pretty similar to each other and I believe most people who draw animals such as dogs and horses pretty often don't have a problem with them. However, as I said this is a very nice course especially if you are a beginner or you draw realistic stuff and you want to learn something about how to design a more cartoon character. Thumbs up! :)





Hayden Aube

Illustrator & Designer

Hayden here and I am an illustrator, designer and most importantly to you, teacher!

I am constantly hunting for the actions that will have me producing my best work possible--I assure you it's no easy feat. That's why my primary goal in all of these classes isn't to give you just any information, but only the information that's going to make the biggest difference in your work. Think of it as optimizing your artistic development ;)

So if you're looking to level up your skills in...

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