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Create Your Own Character: Sketching, Figure Drawing and Development [Age 11-13]

This is a one time class where each student will take their character ideas and visual styles to create character sketches and practice figure drawing. They will work to develop their ideas by testing designs to create completed drawings.
Simone Loren B.S. in Communication Studies
17 total reviews for this teacher
6 reviews for this class
Completed by 19 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
60 minutes
per class
Meets once
year olds
learners per class
per learner

How does a "One-Time" class work?

Meets once at a scheduled time
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Class Experience

In this class students will learn gesture drawing, human body proportions, major muscle areas, major bone joints, clothing basics, and character movement. Each student will bring all of this content together to begin to finalize one or more characters by the end of class. Students will polish their drawing skills to help prepare for art school or a career in illustration, visual development, or design. This class will help begin to build their portfolio of expertly designed pieces in the format and organization required by many applications. Students can also take the class just for fun to explore their love of drawing!
I have experience creating and working with students to help prepare portfolios and professional artist presentations for college and related job opportunities. In recent years, many of my former cohort and colleagues from university and graduate school have made amazing careers out of their comic and illustration related talents. I am sharing all of the expertise I've learned and practiced throughout my attendance at three art schools: Academy of Art University, Pacific Northwest University, and Oregon College of Art and Craft. There is a lot of content to go through and work on together so I have broken the drawing classes up into three sections with an additional two special topics focused classes.
Keep Drawing! Practice expanding on your characters physique, movements, and clothing. Explore the character's world and begin to sketch possible backgrounds. You can also begin to work with ink and/or color to complete your character. These are all optional assignments.
Any type of drawing materials the students is comfortable using. I will be using non-photo blue prismacolor pencils, H and B Pencils, mechanical pencils, and various erasers. I will not be using any pen or ink markers, nor color for this lesson. Students should feel free to practice inking during class if they are comfortable with this, or if they prefer to draw with pen instead of pencil. Students should also bring any references they would like to use to create their character. (ie. pictures of real people or animated characters they would like to take inspiration from.)
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My assessment is subjective and will be unique to each student. I will give specific and informed critique to each student in a more comprehensive manner via private message after class. During class I will give general and technical feedback for them to stay on task and feel confident in their artwork.
1 hour per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
The Complete Guide to Figure Drawing for Comics and Graphic Novels (by Daniel Cooney)
Draw with Jazza (by Josiah Brooks)
Stan Lee's How to Draw Superheroes (by Stan Lee)
Foundations in Comic Book Art (by John Lowe)
Mastering Comics (by Jessica Abel)


Simone Loren B.S. in Communication Studies
Lives in Canada
Middle School English Teacher and University Creative Writing Tutor
17 total reviews
25 completed classes

About Me

Hello! My name is Simone. I am so happy to have this opportunity to teach your children! Writing, Public Speaking, Art and Science have all shared my focus along the path of my studies and professional career. In 2009 I received my double... 
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