Draw a Circus of Movement - Simple Techniques to Bring your Characters to Life

Nina Rycroft, Picture Book Illustrator

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11 Videos (53m)
    • Introduction

      2:21
    • Body Posture

      3:16
    • Forward Movement

      4:34
    • Drawing Movement from Reference

      6:38
    • The Art of Exaggeration

      5:42
    • Body Language

      4:11
    • Body Language...Continued

      4:45
    • Age Appropriate Movement

      3:47
    • Drawing with Line and Gesture

      7:26
    • To Finish

      1:36
    • BONUS - Body Language...Adding Detail

      8:28

About This Class

Learn simple techniques that will bring your characters to life, all the while developing a Character Reference Sheet to use for a project, a portfolio piece or a publishing pitch.

Draw a wire frame of your character to explore body posture, forward motion and learn how to apply poses found in any reference to your character. Experiment with body language and exaggeration to bring personality and story to your character. Explore age appropriate movement, line-of-action and gesture to produce a Character Reference Sheet. 

YOU WILL LEARN

  • body posture
  • forward motion
  • to use reference material
  • body language
  • exaggeration
  • line-of-action
  • age appropriate movement
  • drawing with gesture

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Excellent class, thanks Nina Rycroft, your way to teach is amazing and the concepts are so easy to follow. Thanks! :)
Another great class! The reference write-up is super helpful as well and I love how you always have a recap at the end to summarize what we have learned. Thanks!

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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 :)