Stylizing Human Characters

Stylizing Human Characters

taught by Jake Parker
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Michaela Heimlich

Love this course

Jake Parkes showed us how easy it is to stylize a character from shapes and how to break down the proportions of the human body.

Olivera Kovacevic

Essential

An essential study for disconnecting yourself from realistic drawing, the right, organic way.

anna pascual

very good direction on making a character

This is a very helpful lesson on making characters. I only animals so this will help me break out of that cycle and be able to make human characters and even stylizing my animals I draw.

Michaela Heimlich

Jake Parkes showed us how easy it is to stylize a character from shapes and how to break down the proportions of the human body.

Olivera Kovacevic

An essential study for disconnecting yourself from realistic drawing, the right, organic way.

anna pascual

This is a very helpful lesson on making characters. I only animals so this will help me break out of that cycle and be able to make human characters and even stylizing my animals I draw.

Joshua Warlick

A really easy to understand way of analyzing the style of characters. This will be really helpful for my own character design challenges.

Kim Whittemore

Thanks! There was a wealth of information in this course! Exactly what I needed to learn.

Mariana Meirelles Moreira

Michael Trippler

I really enjoyed this class because Jake goes into depth on the elements to keep in mind when creating a character and provides so many examples which really reinforced each concept. I now know how to go about experimenting with different proport...

Maria Castro

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Jen Ewell

I have been trying to do this on my own for so long! Thanks Jake! I am finally starting to understand!

Shanie Sagan

Morana Babić

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Hello Just a great, informative class. Just what I was struggling with. Thanks

Alexandra Hall-Pinner

Great course! Really helps with how to use shapes to make interesting characters, along with age ranges and specifics like hands :)

Cheryl Berrier

Dorna Diven

Good course!

Anne7RY Brierley

very comprehensive and easily accessible - :)

Jon Trainer

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Alex Diaz

Although I have seen other videos where they explain you how to stylize characters, there's some useful and clear explanation here about style that I've not found anywhere else and that makes this class unique and a must.

Neal Brooks

Sarina Logan

I plan to make a style wheel to remind myself to try different aspects on characters to give them more... character. Brilliant way to explain it. This was much easier to follow than trying to read what it is people mean by less cartoon-y, or more...

Bethany Hissong

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Brad Wells

I really enjoyed this class. Thank you.

Monica Maldonado

So helpful in my start of creating and designing new characters! Thank you, Jake!!

Oasim Karmieh

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Diana Blumczynski

I really enjoyed this class and loved the way that character design and stylization was broken down into the 3 different components. I feel like this class will help me a lot going forward with making really intentional decisions about how my char...

Lisa Griffin

Terrie Martin

Cindy Dicks

I love watching a lesson done by Jake. He is interesting to listen to and gets the point across, even if its something very abstract. Thank you.

Michael Dominguez

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.

Learn how to stylize human characters

From animated films to children's books, the ability to create engaging, appealing, and stylized characters is a highly sought after skill set. In this course, Jake takes you through the thought process behind stylizing characters, how to break down a design from complex to simple, and apply those principles with techniques that work.

Learning to stylize:

In this class Jake deconstructs complex design problems into basic, understandable components. The lesson is broken down into these sections:

  • The Style Wheel, what it is, and how it helps your thinking behind design
  • Example: Stylizing an eye
  • Example: Stylizing an ear
  • The Style Wheel and character design
  • Examples of popular characters and deconstructing their style
  • Proportions
  • Shapes
  • Stylization of individual body parts
  • Demo of stylizing a character from a photo

In this class you will also learn:

  • the principles of character design
  • how to apply these principles to create different characters
  • how to analyze photos of people and apply real life reference to your designs
  • methods of working up from a thumbnail sketch to finished drawing

Course Contents

1 Video

Course Curriculum

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