Rodgon (aka Rodrigo Gonzalez) is a San Diego-based cartoonist and illustrator. He has worked in both comics and animation and has his own YouTube channel, where he shares countless stories and lessons to inspire many up-and-coming artists.
How did professional artists get to the level they are at? What are the secrets that they use to churn out awesome art over and over again?
Anyone can pick up a pencil and start doodling away based on memory alone. However, to actually progress as an artist and create images that will WOW people, it goes far beyond that. In these video lessons, Rodgon teaches you the essential art principles, which will give you the solid foundation needed in your art journey. He passes on valuable insight gleaned from years of experience in the comic/animation world.
Learn the fundamentals and discover the main tools and habits of the art pros! With this understanding, your skills will develop faster than ever and you will be more confident in the illustration process and artwork you create.
Jump in this course and enjoy the ride! 🙂
Meet Rodgon the Artist! In this intro video, he gives a quick overview of the course structure and what you can expect to learn with him. You can look forward to receiving all kinds of valuable advice and tips which he learned in his career as an artist. Let’s dive in!
Eyes are so important in bringing a character to life. Find out how to quickly draw simple yet appealing eyes and save time by implementing Rodgon’s approach. You will learn the parts of the eye, portrait, 3-quarter and profile angles, and different kinds of eyes, eg: oriental, baby, pinup, and more!
Learn why eyes are so important when it comes down to the character creation process and bringing our characters to life. Also, get little tips & tricks to getting very appealing-looking eyes, in a simple and quick way.
Moving forward: Master the art of drawing expressions which tell a story! What are the key factors that determine if someone is angry, miserable or joyful? Learn the position of the eyebrows, eyes and mouth so you can create amazing possibilities in your character’s faces.
Guess what? You are more than able to draw cool, dynamic poses fast and simply, without having to know every aspect of anatomy! Want to know how? Rodgon will instruct you how break down a body into simple elements, create easy markers to act as guides and the importance of overlapping shapes.
Contrary to what some think: Referencing is not cheating or tracing; it’s a way to enhance your artwork using all the awesome resources at your disposal! Discover Rodgon’s process for creating a character based on reference, as he guides you step-by-step.
Maybe the most important lesson than all the previous ones combined! Knowing art guidelines and anatomy is one thing, but how do you set yourself up for success in the long-term? What are the tools and habits necessary to move past the beginner stage? Here Rodgon discuss all these aspects and reveals the absolute BEST thing you can do to grow as an artist.
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Rodgon (aka Rodrigo Gonzalez) is a San Diego-based cartoonist and illustrator. A late bloomer into art, he began his journey at 18 and has not looked back since.
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