Building Character 1: Design and Sketch Your Character Premium class

Jesse LeDoux, Illustrator, Artist, Designer

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8 Videos (26m)
    • Introduction

      1:40
    • Reference

      6:46
    • Tools

      0:56
    • Character Attributes

      1:56
    • Basic Shapes

      3:22
    • Physical Features

      6:12
    • Details

      4:41
    • Conclusion

      0:37

About This Class

This is the first class in the 3-part 'Building Character' series on creating a unique character! Join artist Jesse LeDoux — former Art Director of Sub Pop Records and character designer for Disney, Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network — as he designs and sketches a character based on 3 personal attributes. This 28-minute class will open your mind to endless possibilities as you'll explore Jesse's style and watch him create a character.

You should take this class if you're interested in character design and exploring the inner depths of your imagination. Designers, artists, and illustrators of all skill levels welcome. By the end, you'll be ready to sketch and share your own unique character with the class for feedback, inspiration, and encouragement from fellow illustrators! 

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It is a very basic tutorial, but it's a good way to start if you have never done character design before.
Simple freestyle sketching that helped me get past a creative block. "You don't need to overthink it." Good tips and examples.
Simple & Awesome! :)

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Jesse LeDoux

Illustrator, Artist, Designer

Born in Portland, Oregon, Jesse LeDoux worked for many years as an art director for Seattle-based Sub Pop Records where he created iconic album and poster artwork for such artists as the Shins ('Best album packaging' Grammy nominee for Chutes Too Narrow), Iron and Wine and Death Cab for Cutie before leaving in 2004 to focus on his client-based and personal work at LeDouxville.

Parallel to working on commercial illustration and collaborative projects for such clients as Nike, Disney, Giro, Penguin UK, Rome Snowboards and Target, he has exhibited internationally. His work was included in the Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial (2007), an installation at the University of Maryland (2008), and has work in the permanent collection of the Experience Music Project (Seattle, WA), Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (Cleveland, OH), and 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art (Kanazawa, Japan).

He currently lives and works in Seattle, WA. Learn more at LeDouxville.com.