Draw a Circus of Line & Gesture - Design a Picture Book Character From Start to Finish

Nina Rycroft, Picture Book Illustrator

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13 Videos (51m)
    • Introduction

    • Idea Generation

    • Idea Generation ... Continued

    • Draw a Character Map of Your Character

    • Sketching Circus Girl - Illustration One

    • Sketching Circus Girl - Illustration Two

    • Sketching Circus Girl - Illustration Three

    • Sketching Circus Girl - Illustration Four

    • Circus Girl - Line & Gesture Illustration One

    • Circus Girl - Line & Gesture Illustration Two

    • Circus Girl - Line & Gesture Illustration Three

    • Circus Girl - Line & Gesture Illustration Four

    • To Finish


About This Class

Characters are used to carry the plot, theme, mood, ideas and emotions of a story, but they don’t exist until we draw them.

In this class you'll learn how to draw a picture book character from start to finish, bringing them to life with line and gesture. Third in the three-part Body Works series, Draw a Circus of Line & Gesture shows you how to to design and develop a picture book character from idea to finished art. Learn how to develop ideas into a character map, that can be used to draw your character in multiple poses using line and gesture.

I offer printables for the circus girl character however, you can apply the techniques shown in this class in development of ANY character.  You will learn how to -   generate and develop ideas transform your ideas into a character design a character map use your character map to draw your character in multiple poses draw your character using line and gesture You will draw - a character map of a circus inspired character the front view and side view of your character your character in four different poses using the wire frame method. your character using expressive line and gesture This class is suitable for all levels, however I do recommend that beginners watch Body Works Part One and Part Two first.

23 of 23 students recommendSee All

Awesome technique! Highly recommend! :)
I love this class! Really pleasant and Nina explains very well.
I really love the way Nina talks through her process as she draws. This is a very practical and easy to follow class.





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 trying my hand at 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. I so excited to be able to share everything that I’ve learnt over the years. 

If you're interested in illustration, character development, visual storytelling, learning how to draw with more ease and confidence...and of course, picture book illustration, then please follow me!

See you in class :)