Drawing Dynamic Creatures

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62 Lessons so far
Skill Level
Beg. & Int.
11h 0m so far

Are you looking to bring more energy and personality into your character designs? Do you want to push the story and narrative of your pieces to better connect with your audience and potential employers? 

Lots of artists have difficulty with this subject and that's why I've made this course. Hi, my name is David Colman, I am an Emmy winning designer, visual development and storyboard artist in the film industry. My clients include Walt Disney Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Sony, Legendary, Paramount, Universal, Dreamworks, Apple, Skydance, and Netflix. On social media I'm known for being the "animal guy" who doodles bears, tigers and more! I've also self-published several books on character design and now I'm here to be your instructor for this course.

In this course, you'll learn my methods and techniques on how I make my designs dynamic and believable. Bringing design, anatomy, and narrative together to make awesome pieces that capture your attention and leave your viewer wanting to know more. What separates this creature design class from others is how alive and narratively driven the designs are which will help make you a better Vis Dev concept artist.

So, come join me in this course and see where your designs can go!

What you will learn
I'll show you how I warm up before jumping into a serious piece
2Improved Gesture
We'll push how dynamic our gestures are by studying real, moving footage. We will fight stiff poses and draw with SPEED
3Skeletal and Muscular Anatomy
We'll be examining the basic skeletal and muscular anatomy of apes. Understanding these will let us focus on how they affect motion and form, and will let us push and pull our designs to be stronger and more dynamic.
4How to Study Masters
We'll look at how masters of past fantasy illustration would design their creatures and we'll pinpoint the innate realistic fundamentals that those imaginative designs are based on
We'll analyze, exaggerate, adjust and simplify elements of real animals and combine them to create new imaginative fantasy driven creatures.
6Portfolio Project
We will take all the concepts we learned and push ourselves to make a final Vis Dev portfolio piece.
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Extended Lessons
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A variety of exercises to help you practice what you've learned. After you do the assignments, you can post them in the community for feedback and see what other students are posting.
3D Models
Some lessons include 3D models that you can view right in your browser! No need to download any software. These will help you study further and they’re a great aid for assignments.
Assignment Demonstrations
The instructor includes demonstrations that show how to do an assignment or how to use the information taught in the lessons. Most of us are visual learners (we’re artists!), so hearing it explained is not enough. We have to see it many times.
Step by Step Process
Watch step by step video demos from start to finish with educational commentary from the instructor. Most of us are visual learners (we’re artists!), so reading about it or hearing it explained is not enough. We have to see it!
Includes content that the student can download to any personal device for offline viewing.
English Captions
All videos included in this course have English closed captions you can turn on or off.
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