Character Illustration: From Feelings to Faces Premium class

Christine Nishiyama, Illustrator/Writer at Might Could Studios

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8 Videos (26m)
    • What's That About?

      2:33
    • Project Assignment: Draw a Series of Facial Expressions

      0:41
    • Emotion Tree: 5 Primary Emotions

      2:35
    • Emotion Tree: 15 Secondary Emotions

      5:10
    • Quick Drawing Tips

      5:04
    • Speed Drawing: Core Project

      2:36
    • Speed Drawing: Bonus Challenge

      5:57
    • Wrapping Up

      0:58

About This Class

Learn how illustrator Christine Fleming visualizes emotions and injects genuine feelings into her illustrated facial expressions.

This 30-minute class is broken up into two parts: Learning and Drawing. In the Learning section, Christine will introduce the 6 primary emotions—like joy, surprise, and  anger. Then, she’ll expand each primary emotion and discover the 15 secondary emotions—like excitement, wonder, and rage. As you go through each emotion, Christine will point out universal physical changes in the face that communicate with each emotion using photo references. These physical features are vital in understanding how to draw strong, recognizable emotions.

Then you'll put that knowledge to work in the Drawing section, where you and Christine will draw emotions together through speed drawing exercises! You can choose to complete the Core Project and draw the 6 primary emotions, or go for the Bonus Challenge and draw all 26 emotions! This style of speed drawing is a great way to loosen up and get comfortable drawing expressive emotions.

By the end of the class, you’ll have a full set of facial expressions drawn in your own style that you can use as a reference for future character design projects, or just drawing people for fun!

You don’t need any prior knowledge of drawing or character illustration for this class, and no software is required. All you need is a piece of paper, a pencil, and 30 minutes!

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Fun class for both adults and kids! Simple, quick, nice templates included.
Very complete class. Met my expectations!
Alejandra Marín

Elegir es una cuestión de poder {Merovingio}.

I really enjoyed this class. The emotions were broken out into a structure that made it easy to think about. The quick tips were insightful and I appreciated the practice exercise. 15 seconds gets your head out of it and you just do it!
Cathy Hutchison

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Christine Nishiyama

Illustrator/Writer at Might Could Studios

Christine Fleming is an illustrator and writer working out of Atlanta, GA. She graduated from North Carolina State University with a BFA in Graphic Design, and is now working as an author/illustrator creating picture books, graphic novels, and editorial work.

Christine is represented by Danielle Smith at Red Fox Literary, and is an active member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) where she was awarded the honor of SCBWI Illustrator of the Month after attending the SCBWI National Conference in New York.

Check out Christine's 12+ other classes to further explore her illustration process!

To follow her work you can view her portfolio at www.mightcouldstudios.com, and around the internet: Twitter  /  Instagram  /  Pinterest  /  Facebook

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