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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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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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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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Murat Sari

2 months ago

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I liked the idea of using the sketchbook for it's purpose. I suppose the only bad thing was the replays of the last scene like when he draws something and then does a replay of the same drawing again. Like since this is a video we can go back our selfs in the video if we need to watch something agai
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n so the replays right after he drew on some videos felt needed. But good tutorial all around.
I recommend it for Intermediate
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Edward Bin

2 months ago

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I can draw/paint realism all day with a pencil and paper, but stylizing and drawing digitally was always a challenge for me. But after following this course, drawing with the videos, I found that I could draw and stylize more naturally on my computer. I enjoyed how the instructor demonstrated using
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photo reference to create a stylized drawing. One final note, I tend to overcomplicate my character design drawings. So I found the drawing eyes lesson to be very enlightening (it was my a-ha moment) since the lesson explores eye styles and dabbles in character design in a way that was simple and easy to follow.
I recommend it for Beginner
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Diaz Ovalle

3 months ago

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this is amazing course, the teacher teaches you the basics of character and some tips to be learning anotomy better. I did take this course a lot times. It is recommended for all levels
I recommend it for All levels
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zetless

3 months ago

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I recommend it for Beginner
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Daizy Shah

3 months ago

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Hello Rodrigo, I’m really grateful to have your class! Honestly I used to wonder about how do I make the illustrations like I want to? I used to see other artists and feel I want to get there.. but the biggest question was...How? Well! That’s what I found in your course. Whilst I was trying to learn
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from every other course that I start.. I learned but not in a compiled way!
I recommend it for All levels
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Michelle Gonzalez

3 months ago

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Its great to start!
I recommend it for Beginner
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GM Loggins

3 months ago

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I've watched and followed along with the lessons all the way through multiple times now and get something new out of it on each go. Rogdon has a way of integrating all the lesson information in a way that makes it easier to learn. His coverage of expressions alone was worth the price. Thanks Rogdon
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I recommend it for All levels
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Alyssa

3 months ago

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I recommend it for Intermediate
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Danijela

3 months ago

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I recommend it for All levels
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Marie-Louise

4 months ago

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This is probably the most engaging teacher I've seen yet. He's great and he makes it fun to learn.
I recommend it for All levels
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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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