This is the summer of workshops, i suppose!

i recently wrapped up my very first online painting workshop, called Layers of Color. That was intense! And registration is now open for a fun kids Doodle Days series this summer. These have prompted quite a few requests for a character drawing workshop to come next. So here it is!

i LOVE drawing characters and it is absolutely my go-to art form when i’m sitting on the couch or waiting in the car while one of the kiddos finishes a “car nap.” Faces are just the best inspiration out there…and if i’m being really specific, KIDS’ faces. The wide eyes, lashes, and button noses with a sprinkle of freckles? They kill me : )

So in this series, i’ll be showing you through words, step-by-step images, and a few fun speed-drawing videos, how i build a character. You’ll be seeing me create in pencil, in my own sketchy style. Scan through my instagram page for all the faces and character sketches i post. It’s not an anatomical figure drawing class, folks! : ) It’s pretty loose and whimsical. You’ll be seeing characters like these come to life…

There will be 10 lessons. Each lesson will include pencil-drawn character sketches whose completion will highlight a certain “focus.” For example, i will draw a cute mother and daughter duo to highlight the differences in proportion between adult and child figures. In another lesson, i’ll draw a few precocious children to highlight how to achieve different facial expressions. There will also be a lesson focused on drawing hands,  feet, and hair. Those are always toughies that people ask about.

There will be a touch of whimsy in a few of the lessons where i’ll draw an animal character, a fairy, and a little monster. And a useful lesson is included on how you can draw a character whose face is loosely based on a photo.

Finally,  i’ll include a little insight on developing your own unique style as you go.

LAUNCH DATE: June 30, 2014

STRUCTURE: This workshop is being offered via a password-protected page on my website. All lessons will be accessible from day 1.

It is self-paced. Work your way through the lessons in whatever time-frame you like.

ACCESS to the Classroom Page and associated videos is UNLIMITED. Once you are registered, you can always come back and login

Cost: $48

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  1. Jenn E says

    How exciting!!! Just registered/paid and can not wait until 30th June :). Girls will be on school holidays then so perfect timing :).

  2. says

    i use a pencil brush in photoshop so that i can do screen capture video that is clearer than traditional video camera would be. but i do not teach PS at all, it’s more about poses, proportion, facial expression.

  3. Yukari Bromfield says

    I just signed up! I love your doodling and illustration books! Your first lesson already helped me draw a mother and her child fairies sitting on a tree branch! I’m still having difficulty translating a photo to a sketch, especially the facial expressions. I guess I’ll get better with practice! Thank you!

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