Character Design TRACK: Lesson 1, Shape Language


Explore shape language by sketching 3 characters from other popular designs. Use a broad range of shapes to communicate the feeling of each character being cute, strong and dangerous. You’ll do a total of 9 drawings.

Mitch Leeuwe
Mitch Leeuwe

Inspiration: TV series

Steven Universe, Inside Out, SpongeBob Squarepants, Powerpuff girls, Samurai Jack, Chowder, Fairly Odd Parents, Carmen San Diego, Arcane, Hanna Barbara, Batman the animated series

Inspiration: Books

Ed Emberley’s Big Purple Drawing Book, Ed Emberley’s Drawing Book: Make a World, The Red Lemon, Bob Staake, The Donut Chef, Bob Staake


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Elements of Art: Shape

This video explains SHAPE, one of the Elements of Art. Shape can be a powerful visual tool for creating dynamic compositions. Example

s of illustrations, paintings, sculptures, and more are shown, where shape plays an integral role. Discussion led by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artist Deepti Menon.

Shape Language for Character Design

Shapes are a powerful visual tool for building character designs. This video is a Procreate demo, where you begin a character design with a random shape, and then react to that shape in order to create a unique character with personality and movement.

Demo by Teaching Artists Jordan McCracken-Foster and Deepti Menon.

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