Character Illustration: Drawing Facial Expressions, Figures, and Clothing

Gabriel Picolo, Comic Artist and Illustrator

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12 Videos (59m)
    • Introduction

    • Materials

    • Exercise: Figure Drawing Warm-Up

    • Drawing Your Character's Pose

    • Drawing Female vs Male Faces

    • Drawing the Four Core Expressions

    • Exercise: Extreme Expressions

    • Drawing Your Character's Expression

    • Finalizing Clothing and Style

    • Adding Color

    • Final Thoughts

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About This Class

Learn character illustration with Gabriel Picolo, the illustrator and comic artist with over 1.6 million followers on Instagram!

From sketching fluid poses to mastering facial expressions, you'll learn how to draw characters that are full of life and movement in this 60-minute class. Whether you're a new artist or a seasoned illustrator, Gabriel's thoughtful, thorough techniques will unlock your ability to create compelling characters on paper or screen.

Key lessons include:

  • Exploring movement and pose with figure drawing exercises
  • Drawing the four core expressions
  • Adding color with an eye for contrast and style
  • Creating a character that exudes personality

All are welcome to explore character illustration with Gabriel. After taking this class, you'll be brimming with ideas for creating your own characters, able to communicate story, emotion, and movement with ease.

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Really good class tackling the basics of figure drawing and character design, I would definitely recommend it!
Maria Lia Malandrino

Story / Illustration / Animation

I really enjoyed this class, as having dynamic and realistic character designs has always been a struggle for me. I have been following Gabriel for a few years so was very very excited to take this course. Great information presented in a succinct and easy-to-digest way. My ONLY criticism is the section about coloring feels rushed. The sped-up painting parts left me, someone who isn't super familiar with photoshop, a little confused. I have been digital painting on and off for years and was curious to learn about Gabriel's coloring process, and just felt that particular section left a lot more questions than it answered. I would really appreciate a class that focused just on photoshop tips n tricks from Gabriel in the future, because I've been a huge fan of his colored illustrations for so long and really admire his style! Other than that I really appreciated my course and my characters are already looking more interesting and full of life rather than being just 2-d sketches. :)
Hi Picolo kun!!! I loved this class. This class is great for any individual who is starting as an artist or is intermediate. It has many small points which can add up to the final presentation of your art and how to develop your art style in your own way by trying new things.





Gabriel Picolo

Comic Artist and Illustrator

Gabriel Picolo is a well-known illustrator, known as _picolo on Instagram with over 1.6 million followers. You may know his drawings from the 365 days of doodles, a project I took in in 2014 where I drew one drawing a day for the whole year.  

Taking inspiration from Studio Ghibli, Disney, and video games, he loves to draw relatable images. It may be a complex doodle about feelings or an eye candy fan art but what he loves the most is the co...

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