Illustrating People: Character Design for Storytelling

Karla Alcazar, Illustration and tiny stories

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9 Lessons (44m)
    • 1. Introduction

      1:46
    • 2. The Class Journey

      0:33
    • 3. Dangers of Portraiture

      4:48
    • 4. Visuals Over Narrative

      8:25
    • 5. Narrative

      5:04
    • 6. Observation

      10:57
    • 7. Connection Through Emotions

      4:58
    • 8. Creating the Class Project

      2:16
    • 9. Conclusion

      5:40
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About This Class

Want to learn how to design a character that is able to communicate a story in an efficient and memorable way? Join Mexico-based artist and illustrator Karla Alcazar to learn how!

Stories are a powerful way to communicate ideas, thoughts, and feelings. We all love stories; we all love to tell them and we all love to listen to them.

In this class, we will go through a few general character design concepts and we will understand a bit better what makes a character who they are. We will learn a couple of key elements on narrative illustration and we will learn how to use these to design a character that feels and looks in tune with our narrative. Also, I'll be sharing a few personal tips and tricks that will help you be a better visual storyteller!

Once you complete this class, you will feel that your observational skills have been sharpened which will help you to illustrate with more confidence and using your own voice. I also hope this class will help you to connect with yourself a bit more and to feel more curious about other people around you!.

Feel free to use your favorite choice of media for this class. It doesn’t matter if you prefer to illustrate in an analog or in a digital way. Whichever media makes you more comfortable and whichever media you have more fun with will be perfect for this class!

This class is for anyone who enjoys stories and for anyone who enjoys drawing (especially characters!). No previous knowledge is needed. It really doesn’t matter if you’re an experienced illustrator, if you’re starting out or if you just like to draw for fun. Everyone is welcome to join!

If you would like to feel more confident when telling a story visually, or if you are struggling with designing a character or if you simply enjoy designing characters and would like to expand your knowledge, this class is for you!.