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Illustration and Character Design for Children’s Stories

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Illustration and Character Design for Children’s Stories : Learn new digital drawing techniques and create emotion evoking characters , In illustrated literature, and especially in children’s literature, creating a memorable character goes beyond making beautiful strokes. Within a narrative the importance of creating solid and convincing characters is essential, as they will be the actors who step on the stage. To achieve this, two things are needed: curiosity to get into the lives of the characters and the ability to transfer this curiosity to the role in a children’s illustration.

In this course, Teresa Martínez – teacher of the course Digital illustration for children’s stories – will explain step by step the process to create solid characters of children’s illustration and help you develop your creativity and your stroke, to create a character guide for children’s stories.

You will start by knowing Teresa and some of the work she has done throughout her career. He will also tell you about the artists who have influenced his style and those he admires for his way of creating characters.

You will give your first strokes with some exercises that will be useful to improve your drawing skills, focused on improving your ability to observe as raw material of the drawing. Pay attention, because Teresa will also give you a lot of theory about character design.

You will start working on the design of your character. Teresa will show you the steps she follows to sketch her characters, with special emphasis on proportions, facial expressions and, finally, her body expression.

Then you will assemble the model sheet of your character with a frontal view, various postures and facial expressions. Then you will color one of the poses drawn and thus define its color palette.

Finally, Teresa will give you some tips that have been helpful when working as a team and achieving a better understanding when collaborating on a publication.

What is this course’s project?

You will design a character focused on a children’s audience, with its model sheet and color portrait.

Who is it for?

To beginner and intermediate level artists who want to work in the world of children’s and youth publications.

What you need

You will need basic knowledge of drawing and some software of digital color. Teresa will use Adobe Photoshop.

As for the materials, you will need a notebook, a pencil, references in photo or video, an orgenador or digital tablet and the software of your choice.


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