Digital Basics TRACK: Ongoing


Create a daily line drawing of a character based on the silhouette of an inanimate object. Trace the shape of that inanimate object and design a character from that silhouette.


@pandapufkin, Steen, Trent


This ongoing assignment is to be done simultaneously with the weekly assignments. However, if your schedule doesn’t fit well with this, and you want to do the ongoing assignment at a separate time than the weekly assignments, our suggestion is to do the ongoing assignment for 3 weeks straight.

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The continuity is important so any time that you can draw daily for 3 weeks is great.

Reference photos

loofahs, fire hydrants, dishware, plants, fruit, vegetables, mushrooms, animal bones, dried fruits & vegetables, teapots & bottles, cacti, wild berries

Loofah Reference #11
Flickr album: Loofahs

Recommended Software

Procreate, Krita, Adobe Photoshop, Clip Studio Paint, Paint Tool SAI, Adobe Fresco, MediBang Paint, Gimp


Space Gooose, Inside Out, (2015 film) The Triplets of Belleville, (2003 film) Song of the Sea, (2014 film) Sleeping Beauty, (1959 film) The Emperor’s New Groove, (2000 film) The Incredibles, (2004 film) Coraline, Cheatin’ by Bill Plympton (2013 film) The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius (2002 TV series)

Character Design: Silhouettes

See a fun character design prompt: use the silhouette of any object to start a character design. This video explains how to go about developing a character, addressing their personality traits and how to incorporate those traits into the character design.

Demo by Teaching Artist Cat Huang and Guest Teaching Artist Julie Benbassat.

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. Examples 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.

Jump to: Lesson 1 · Lesson 2 · Lesson 3 · Lesson 4 · Lesson 5 · Lesson 6

Show us what you make!

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