Illustrated Animal Characters for Storybooks

A course by kevin waldron
Illustrator and Children’s Book Author. Nueva York, United States.
Joined December 2019
, Illustrator and Children’s Book Author

Explore your daydreams and tell a story that makes children smile with watercolor animal characters

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  • 670 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
Illustrated Animal Characters for Storybooks

Explore your daydreams and tell a story that makes children smile with watercolor animal characters


  • 100% Positive reviews (27)
  • 670 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: English
  • Level: Beginner
  • 22 Lessons (4h 29m)
  • Available from the app
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

All great stories begin with great characters, especially in children’s books. To tell memorable stories that connect with kids, illustrator Kevin Waldron often looks to animals for the wide range of creative freedom they allow, developing playful protagonists with their own personalities and voice.

In this course, learn how to start illustrating animal characters for children’s books. Discover Kevin’s creative process for developing characters with unique personalities and see how to use them as the starting point for creating your own storybook. Explore the creative possibilities of animal characters in storybooks and give life to an original creative idea.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. About Characters and Stories
  • U3
    U3. Character Development
  • U4
    U4. Scene Development
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Start your course by meeting illustrator Kevin Waldron. Hear about his experience as an illustrator and take a look at some of his most popular work. Kevin shares some of his early influences and other interests that have shaped his style. .

Learn about Kevin’s creative process and discover his inspiration for some of his favorite illustrated characters. See what defines great storybook illustrations and how to choose which ideas to pursue. He shows you how to develop exciting new characters and how they can be used as the basis for a storybook.

Using references from your research, it’s time to start developing your characters with some preliminary sketches. Once they’ve been drawn to your liking, Kevin shows you how to apply color using colored pencils. See how to define the relationship between your characters using different expressions and poses. Then, transfer your best sketch to watercolor paper and begin the coloring process with watercolor brush pens.

Kevin wraps up by expanding on the world around characters. He analyzes the final piece and goes into detail about different creative ways for sharing your illustrated characters. Using your illustration and new characters, continue to develop your own book or include them as part of your creative portfolio.

What is this course's project?

Create two characters within an illustrated scene that can be used as the foundation for a children’s storybook.

Who is it for?

This course is for anyone interested in illustrating animal characters for children’s books or other forms of visual storytelling.

What you need

No prior knowledge of drawing or illustration is required.

To take this course, you should have a desire to create illustrated characters, as well as the following materials: a sketchbook, a pen, watercolor brush pens, watercolor paper, and some colored pencils.


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kevin waldron

A course by kevin waldron

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Illustrator and Children’s Book Author

Kevin Waldron is a NYC-based illustrator and author who is dedicated to creating original illustrations for storybooks, animations, and other visual media. He grew up and studied in Dublin before moving to London to complete a Master’s degree at Kingston University.

His first book, Mr. Peek & the Misunderstanding at the Zoo, won the first ever Opera Prima award at the Bologna Book Fair and was recently made into an animated TV series. He has worked with several editorials including Hansol, Saatchi & Saatchi, Templar Publishing, and Penguin Books. His latest work includes t-shirt designs, temporary tattoos, and several storybooks, including a cookbook for dogs and a book that helps detect eye problems in young children.


Contents

  • U1

    Introduction

    • About Me
    • Influences
    • What Will We Do in This Course?
  • U2

    About Characters and Stories

    • Materials
    • My Children's Stories and the Characters I Designed 1
    • My Children's Stories and the Characters I Designed 2
    • Creating Characters
    • Documentation and References
  • U3

    Character Development

    • Character Development: Sketches 1
    • Character Development: Sketches 2
    • Character Design: Adding Color 1
    • Character Design: Adding Color 2
    • Character Interaction 1
    • Character Interaction 2
  • U4

    Scene Development

    • Sketching the Elements in the Scene
    • Composition of the Scene 1
    • Composition of the Scene 2
    • Completing the Final Scene 1
    • Completing the Final Scene 2
    • Completing the Final Scene 3
    • Completing the Final Scene 4
    • Final Thoughts
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Illustrated Animal Characters for Storybooks

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Illustrated Animal Characters for Storybooks. A Illustration course by kevin waldron

Illustrated Animal Characters for Storybooks

A course by kevin waldron
Illustrator and Children’s Book Author. Nueva York, United States.
Joined December 2019
  • 100% Positive reviews (27)
  • 670 students