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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

      1:23
    • Idea Generation

      4:35
    • Idea Generation ... Continued

      2:42
    • Draw a Character Map of Your Character

      9:38
    • Sketching Circus Girl - Illustration One

      5:26
    • Sketching Circus Girl - Illustration Two

      4:12
    • Sketching Circus Girl - Illustration Three

      4:57
    • Sketching Circus Girl - Illustration Four

      4:39
    • Circus Girl - Line & Gesture Illustration One

      4:25
    • Circus Girl - Line & Gesture Illustration Two

      2:50
    • Circus Girl - Line & Gesture Illustration Three

      3:01
    • Circus Girl - Line & Gesture Illustration Four

      2:14
    • To Finish

      0:50

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.

36 of 36 students recommendSee All

Loved the small motivational tidbits as she's working. I would work along with her on my own character and she definitely helped when it got frustrating.
This is the most helpful class I have taken yet for learning how to do character drawing. This is the third class in this series, I highly recommend taking all three classes in order. I learned so much about defining my characters and that made them come to life for me and I could draw them more easily. Nina is an excellent teacher, she speaks clearly and explains each step as she demonstrates it onscreen. Great class.
Awesome technique! Highly recommend! :)

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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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