Illustration Academy: Creating an Animal-Inspired Character

Judy Koot, Multidisciplinary Artist & Teacher

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13 Videos (41m)
    • Intro

    • Tools & Materials

    • Creating an Inspiration Board

    • DE I: Skeleton Basics

    • DE II: Animal-Inspired Skeletons

    • DE III: Movement Basics

    • DE IV: Animal-Inspired Movement

    • DE V: Animal-Inspired Characteristics

    • Putting It All Together

    • Adding Details

    • Creating Your Final Drawing

    • Extra Character Demo I

    • Extra Character Demo II


About This Class

Join Judy Koot in this hands-on illustration class on how to create a black-and-white, animal-inspired character in your own style, through an easy step-by-step method.
The only things you'll need are a few basic tools like pencils and paper.

Class Level
This class is suitable for both beginners and advanced students.
Beginners will learn how to develop and draw a character through practical examples and clear step-by-step instructions.
Advanced students will take away new tips and tricks to sharpen their drawing and character design skills.

End Results
By the end of this class, you'll have a black-and-white character you can leave as is, or enhance, ink, and/or color with your favorite tools and methods.
You'll also have a new skillset that enables you to create an unlimited amount of strong, unique characters in the future.

Other Classes in This Series
If you enjoyed this class, check out Judy's other class in the Illustration Academy Series, Illustration Academy: Creating a Charming Character.

Video background music by © Mockmoon, used with permission.


13 of 13 students recommendSee All

A great little class, and a lovely way to think about getting balance into your characters. Thanks Judy!
A great approach to creating original characters.
Chris Heath

Writer | Designer | Illustrator

This class is really cool!
Cris Pires

Maison Cricri





Judy Koot

Multidisciplinary Artist & Teacher

Judy Koot is a multidisciplinary artist and teacher based in the Netherlands. 
She works as a writer, illustrator and musician, and teaches all three disciplines.
Here on Skillshare she'll be focusing on illustration.
Judy has been drawing since she was two, studied Illustrative Design at the HKU University of the Arts Utrecht, and interned as a writer, poet and illustrator at renown...

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