Draw a Circus of Characters - Exploring Body Shape and Body Proportion

Nina Rycroft, Picture Book Illustrator

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13 Videos (56m)
    • Introduction

      1:39
    • Understanding the Basics in Body Proportion

      5:20
    • Looking at Shape Across Time and Media

      5:25
    • Making a Good First Impression

      3:44
    • Designing Your Characters Using Shape

      5:21
    • Layering-In More Detail

      10:25
    • Drawing Character One

      3:02
    • Drawing Character Two

      5:44
    • Drawing Character Three

      2:41
    • Drawing Character Four

      2:51
    • Drawing Character Five

      5:14
    • BONUS Body Proportion Drawing Demo

      3:04
    • To Finish

      1:20

About This Class

Do you want to learn how to draw characters quickly and easily? 

I can show you how by using simple shapes.

First in a three-part Body Works series and designed for beginners and seasoned artists alike, this class walks you step-by-step through the character design process, guiding you through every aspect of drawing your own set of circus inspired characters.

During the classes you can shadow me as I produce a set of characters for a 'real' project – an unpublished YA (young adult) manuscript – and take you through my thinking and design process, giving you tools and tips to apply to your own characters. This class offers drawing demonstrations, worksheets, offering inspiration along the way, giving you every opportunity to draw the best circus act in town!

In this class you will learn:

Body proportions 
- how to draw the ideal body at various ages
- what can go wrong

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Body Shapes
- how and why shape is used when designing character
- how a set of characters evolved across time and media
- the importance of making a first (and lasting) impression

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The process
- how to draw a set of characters from simple shapes to a finished drawing

Materials

A4 Paper or an art pad.


'Staedtler Mars Technico' clutch pen with refillable blue and carbon (normal pencil) leads. This set also comes with a sharpener. I've had my set for 20 odd years...so a brilliant investment.

https://www.amazon.com/Staedtler-Technical-Mechanical-Pencil-780BK/dp/B000YQEFGU

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If you don't want to go to this expense, just use a blue colored pencil and a 'regular' lead pencil.

177 of 178 students recommendSee All

Very nice to watch, as we're guided on a step-by-step approach to create our own comic-book characters.
I loved this class. It was exactly what I needed to get started designing characters. Using shape as a base for character design makes perfect sense after watching the video on Winnie the Pooh, and doing it this way has made my characters a bit less stiff. It was inpiring for me to watch Nina sketch and refine her characters. I can't wait to start the next course in the series!
Excellent guidelines for drawing characters using different body shapes.

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Nina Rycroft

Picture Book Illustrator

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Hi! I'm Nina Rycroft, a picture book illustrator. I worked as a graphic designer in Sydney and London before turning my hand to illustration, with my first picture book Little Platypus receiving a CBCA (Children's Book Council of Australia) Notable Book Award in 2000. Since then, I've had more than a dozen picture books published worldwide, winning some awards along the way.

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