Character Illustration: From Feelings to Faces
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What's That About?2:33
Project Assignment: Draw a Series of Facial Expressions0:41
Emotion Tree: 5 Primary Emotions2:35
Emotion Tree: 15 Secondary Emotions5:10
Quick Drawing Tips5:04
Speed Drawing: Core Project2:36
Speed Drawing: Bonus Challenge5:57
About This Class
Learn how illustrator Christine Fleming visualizes emotions and injects genuine feelings into her illustrated facial expressions.
This 30-minute class is broken up into two parts: Learning and Drawing. In the Learning section, Christine will introduce the 6 primary emotions—like joy, surprise, and anger. Then, she’ll expand each primary emotion and discover the 15 secondary emotions—like excitement, wonder, and rage. As you go through each emotion, Christine will point out universal physical changes in the face that communicate with each emotion using photo references. These physical features are vital in understanding how to draw strong, recognizable emotions.
Then you'll put that knowledge to work in the Drawing section, where you and Christine will draw emotions together through speed drawing exercises! You can choose to complete the Core Project and draw the 6 primary emotions, or go for the Bonus Challenge and draw all 26 emotions! This style of speed drawing is a great way to loosen up and get comfortable drawing expressive emotions.
By the end of the class, you’ll have a full set of facial expressions drawn in your own style that you can use as a reference for future character design projects, or just drawing people for fun!
You don’t need any prior knowledge of drawing or character illustration for this class, and no software is required. All you need is a piece of paper, a pencil, and 30 minutes!
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Great class teaching of including emotions in characters that are drawn. Thanks for sharing.
Stampin' 4 a Cure
Christine Fleming is an illustrator and writer working out of Atlanta, GA. She graduated from North Carolina State University with a BFA in Graphic Design, and is now working as an author/illustrator creating picture books, graphic novels, and editorial work.
Christine is represented by Danielle Smith at Red Fox Literary, and is an active member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) where she was awarded the honor of SCBWI Illustrator of the Month after attending the SCBWI National Conference in New York.
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