Took place on October 23, 3:00pm. EDT

Illustrating with Character — Live with Mimi Chao

Live stream with

Mimi Chao
Owner & Illustrator | Mimochai
Top Teacher

About this Live Session

Miss this session? Check out the recorded class here!

Design memorable characters to bring your illustrations to life! As a bonus, by joining this live session, you’ll be helping ensure every kid in the US has access to healthy food—more details below.

Skillshare Premium Members are invited to join us on Friday, October 23rd at 3:00 PM ET for a live online Zoom session with Mimi Chao all about how she designs and develops characters in her illustrations. This class is in celebration of the launch of Procreate 5X last month, so Mimi will be drawing in the program and sharing some of her favorite features. The session will run for approximately 60 minutes. Click the “Remind Me” button above to register! 

To help us celebrate, our friends at Procreate developed a Skillshare exclusive brush pack (for use with Pencil Filters) that will be available to participants of this session. Make sure to register and join us live to get access to this free pack!

Not only are you invited to create and connect with us, you’ll also be giving back to a worthy cause. We’re proud to share that for every one who joins a live session during the month of October, Skillshare will be donating $10 to No Kid Hungry, up to a max donation of $10,000. This organization is working to ensure that every child in the United States has access to healthy food, and just $10 can help them connect a child in need with a whopping 100 meals, so make sure to join us live so you can make a serious difference in a kid’s life.  

Mimi Chao designs characters, makes picture books, and helps create story-based products. Her Los Angeles-based story & illustration studio, Mimochai, combines a modern approach with the playful style of classics like The Little Prince, Moomins, and Calvin & Hobbes. In addition to her creative work, an important aspect of Mimi’s story was her switch from corporate law to the creative world. Finding a meaningful purpose for your life's work is a topic she cares a lot about. She’s passed along that passion and creative approach to over 50,000 students on Skillshare, through her classes on digital painting, illustrated journaling, and creative freelancing. 

This live session will include:

  • A high-level discussion of the process for creating new characters, including how Mimi “gardens her mind” for ideas and inspiration
  • A live draw-along as Mimi creates an illustration of one of the characters for her new project, “CAMP”
  • Plenty of pro tips for integrating your new character into your illustrations, including things like layout, color palette, lighting, and anatomy

Throughout the session, you’ll be encouraged to work alongside Mimi and ask questions. Feel free to add questions in advance of the event (discussion forum below) or bring them live to the Zoom session. We look forward to seeing you soon!

How to Participate: 

  • Click “Remind Me” above to register for the live session.   
  • On the day of the event, we’ll post a link to join the Zoom call. 10 minutes prior to the start time, we’ll open up the room so you can access the event. Make sure you’re subscribed to “Updates from Skillshare” in your account settings to receive an email reminder 15 minutes before the session starts.  
  • Come with your questions, or just listen in! 

What to Know About Zoom: 

  • Zoom is a free online video conferencing tool. Download it to your device here. Note: Zoom will download automatically when you join your first call. 
  • Once you’ve joined the Zoom call, use the “chat” window to type your questions in real time. We’ll get through as many as possible! 
  • To make sure everyone can hear, we’ll be using Zoom’s “mute” feature so that audio is coming through from the teacher’s end only. 
  • You are encouraged (but not required) to turn on your camera.
  • We want to keep Zoom a safe space for everyone — please abide by Skillshare’s community guidelines throughout the session. 

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