Create a Character from any Animal

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This class teaches you everything you need to know to draw any animal.

By understanding how to draw bears, dogs and horses, you will finish this class with an understanding of animal anatomy and drawing that will make make any future animal way easier. Along with that, you'll be able to break away from realistic drawings by creating fun character designs from what you learn.

What You'll learn

  • a step-by-step process for learning to draw any animal
  • the anatomy and function of bears, dogs and horses
  • the three movement classes that all land mammals fall into
  • how to draw from photos in a way that actually has you learn the subject
  • several techniques for coming up with interesting character concepts

Assignment

Use the step-by-step process from the class to create a character based on any animal you like. The process is:

  1. Learn about the locomotive class of your animal and how it relates to us
  2. Draw from a variety of photos with simple shapes to make your animal easier to understand
  3. Create at least 5 character concepts based on key characteristics of your animal
  4. Finalize one design into a final line drawing
  5. (BONUS) Use your line drawing in tandem with any other design style to create a finished piece

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    About the teacher

    Hayden Aube is a designer-turned-illustrator with an obsession for how we learn. Having made many big transitions in his life and career, Hayden now channels his time into helping other artists get where they want to be. This means tutorials, coaching and several community-based initiatives. To stay sharp, Hayden maintains a freelance illustration business, creates a variety of personal projects and is always enrolled in an online or in-person course himself.