Posing Characters Children's Book Edition

Posing Characters - Children's Book Edition

taught by Jake Parker
Buy $30.00
Javier Gomez

Short and precise

Loved this class, learned a lot in a short amount of time; also the PDF with the class info is excellent.

Anatoly Gavrilov

Thank you!

Judy Bales

Great course!

Thanks for great course on posing characters...I never thought of using that kidney bean shape, but it is right on. All of the material was very valuable to helping me achieve my illustration goals.

Javier Gomez

Loved this class, learned a lot in a short amount of time; also the PDF with the class info is excellent.

Anatoly Gavrilov

Thank you!

Judy Bales

Thanks for great course on posing characters...I never thought of using that kidney bean shape, but it is right on. All of the material was very valuable to helping me achieve my illustration goals.

Heidi Ahmad

Susan Szecsi

Kevin McNeil

Olivia Pinto Marchi

I think this course was a turning point in my drawing technique. I learned to think about a pose and visualize it before I start drawing. The bean method also helped me simplify my drawings, both of human and animal characters, and I could also ac...

Tatiany Rocha de Freitas

First Last

A concise course that's great for showing how to break down your subjects into simpler geometrical shapes and picture them in your mind as three-dimensional objects. As a beginner, this helped me learn the process of both posing my characters in t...

Jo Pal

This course was well put together. Focusing on the bean shape and breaking it down was well explained and demonstrated. I especially am thankful for the attached pdf as a supplement to the tutorial. I believe that all the tutorials on this site sh...

Jake  Parker
Jake Parker
Illustrator/Cartoonist

About the Instructor

For the last 19 years Jake has worked on everything from animated films to comics to picture books. For several years he worked for Reel FX and Blue Sky Studios on such projects as Horton Hears a Who, Rio, and Epic. He is the creator of the popular Inktober drawing challenge. Jake currently works as an illustrator and cartoonist on children's books and comics. He works out of his home studio in Utah.

Posing Characters

This is a fundamental drawing course designed specifically for children's book illustrators. In this video and PDF manual/workbook you will be shown how to use the "bean" shape to create 3 dimensional figures. The object of this class is to help you learn how to begin drawing a figure from any angle, attach limbs and head, and pose your character in any direction and from any angle. This is extremely helpful when creating comp sketches for dummy books and final sketches with your characters. Learning how to deviate from your reference to get the camera angle you want for the perspective you want is invaluable in the creation of original children's book illustration.

Includes 23 page PDF workbook

The 23 page PDF document link is included with both streaming and download options. The PDF comes with exercises you should practice on your own to understand how to apply the principles shown in the video. At over an hour of instruction this is a very good course to support your skills in our SVS Illustrating Children's Books class.

In this class you will learn:

  • Common mistakes beginners make
  • What the bean shape is
  • How to use the bean to describe the torso
  • Symmetry vs the bean shape
  • How to draw the bean with volume in perspective
  • How to overlap the bean on a torso
  • How to add limbs to your bean figure
  • How to redraw your bean characters in different perspectives and angles from your reference

You will receive:

  • HD video recording
  • 23 Page PDF download

Course Contents

3 Videos
1 Download

Course Curriculum