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How to Bring Your Characters to Life

with Rodgon
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Learn Rodgon's techniques to create lively characters and improve your art skills dramatically.
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lessons
Beginner
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Rodgon

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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.

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Requirements

  • Just a pencil/pen and a sketchbook!
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Description

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! 🙂

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What you’ll learn

  • Understand Basic Anatomy of the Face
  • Master the Art of Engaging Facial Expressions
  • Learn about Body Composition to Create Proportionate Characters
  • Become Adept at Constructing the Body from Shapes
  • Create a Vision Board from Reference Photos
  • Develop your Skills in Drawing a Character from References
  • Understand the Key Essentials and Tools Needed for Growth as an Artist
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  • 2+ hours of on-demand videos

Lesson Plan

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01

Introduction

01:18

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!

02

How to Draw Eyes

35:58

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!


2.1
Introduction to Drawing Eyes
01:53

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.

2.2
Anatomy of the eye
04:10
2.3
Creating different kinds of eyes
12:15
2.4
Rodgon's favorite types of eyes
02:24
2.5
How to draw the eye in perspective
08:03
2.6
Highlights
04:49
2.7
Drawing exercises
02:51
03

Facial Expression

34:32

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.


3.1
Introduction to Facial Expressions
02:48
3.2
Eyebrows
03:03
3.3
Mouth
03:40
3.4
Basic Facial Expressions
04:19
3.5
Nose
00:57
3.6
Creating emotion in your artwork
19:22
04

Poses

37:59

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.


4.1
Introduction to Posing
02:02
4.2
Breaking Down the Body into Shapes
12:29
4.3
Creating dynamic poses
07:52
4.4
Supehero poses
10:29
4.5
Cartoon characters
05:19
05

Drawing a Character Based on References

25:57

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.


5.1
Introduction to referencing
01:23
5.2
Vision Board
03:36
5.3
Pose
03:58
5.4
Clothing
04:29
5.5
Weapon
02:10
5.6
Defining the Character
08:46
5.7
Review
01:57
06

Self-Growth

12:03

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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Gary A.

11 months ago

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This course was great. It got me to thinking of character expressions.
I recommend it for All levels
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Cesar V.

10 months ago

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The way and time he takes to explain every stroke is just amazing, great teacher.
I recommend it for All levels
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Wim V.

10 months ago

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Very interesting , even for someone who is not a character designer but just wants to learn the basics . I recommand the course !
I recommend it for All levels
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Arvie L.

9 months ago

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This was great! I’m an actor/voice over artist venturing into Creating my own animation stuff, this course taught me ALOT! Especially about HUMILITY and continuing to LEARN!!
I recommend it for Beginner
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Stefana I.

11 months ago

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I like Rodgon's involvement, patience and way of explaining the basics. His tips and tricks are useful too!
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Yovan

10 months ago

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Great course. Bite sized lessons with great depth. Rodrigo give very helpfull tips and made me want to draw more.
I recommend it for Intermediate
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Avneet

10 months ago

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Just to say its excellent
I recommend it for Intermediate
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MB.

8 months ago

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I love this course so much! Rodgon really helped to break down elements of the human figure to a much simpler state. I also love how he gives several examples to make sure you understand the material. Thank you for this inspiring course, and I’m excited to participate in future courses. 😁
I recommend it for All levels
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Carolina

7 months ago

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Rodgon is a lot of fun. He explains things in such a clear way that it cuts through my "I don't understand how to draw" mindset, and suddenly I have a bright opening. I recommend doing Fundamentals of Drawing along with this one if you're a brand-new beginner.
I recommend it for Beginner
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Elie K.

2 months ago

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The ending tips and heartfelt honest talk is what upgraded my review from 4 to 5
I recommend it for Beginner
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About the Instructor

Rodgon
Cartoonist, Illustrator, Teacher 1 course

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. Having worked in comics, animation and apparel, as well as a freelance illustrator for more than 15 years, he is most proud of his daily drawings and YouTube channel. There he reaches thousands of people sharing his perspective on the daily struggles we all go through. He aims to inspire as many up-and-coming artists as possible with his videos and lessons, so that they can achieve their dreams.


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