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Drawing People: Creating Unique and Dynamic Character Poses in Procreate

via Skillshare


Throughout this class you’ll learn how to design and pose diverse, stylised human characters with unique body shapes.

We’ll cover gesture drawing, understanding realistic human proportions and designing stylised characters with unique body shapes, as well as creating expressive poses for your characters using reference. By the end of the class you'll be able to bring all these techniques together to illustrate several dynamic poses for one of your favourite character designs created in class!

If you want to learn how to draw and pose people with confidence and to establish personality in your character illustrations, then this class is for you! Whether you’re a total beginner or just looking to brush up on your character illustration skills, there’s something to be learned at all levels.

As humans we communicate so much through body language, and having the tools to communicate these expressions through art can be so effective and rewarding. This class will give you the confidence to draw expressive people of all shapes and sizes, genders and ages, providing you with the tools to design unique characters and pose them consistently.

I’ll be using pencil and paper as well as the iPad Pro and Procreate to demonstrate this class, but feel free to use whatever materials or software you're most comfortable drawing with.

I look forward to seeing you in class!

Music: Green Tea by Smith The Mister


Want to take your skills to the next level? Check out my Character Interaction class next:


  • Introduction
  • What We'll Be Doing In Class
  • Gesture Drawing
  • Basic Proportions & Body Variation
  • Drawing Realistic Proportions
  • Stylising The Form
  • Designing Character Body Shapes
  • Refining Our Character Designs
  • Creating Character Poses
  • Class Project: Preparation
  • Class Project: Sketching Our Poses
  • Class Project: Cleaning Up Our Sketches
  • Class Project: Creating a Stylised Silhouette
  • Class Project: Colouring
  • Class Project: Adding Texture, Detail & Final Touches
  • Final Thoughts
  • Bonus: Timelapse Video

Taught by

Sarah Holliday

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