Visualize the possibilities for your character(s) with author-illustrator and animator Kelly Light!
Talented picture book author-illustrator Kelly Light was schooled on Saturday morning cartoons and Sunday funny pages. She picked up a pencil and started drawing, and never stopped.
She's the author-illustrator of the Louise series. Louise and Andie: The Art of Friendship (Spring 2016) and Louise Loves Art (Fall 2014) are the first two books in the series published by Balzer + Bray, HarperCollins.
She has also illustrated Elvis and the Underdogs and Elvis and the Underdogs: Secrets, Secret Service, and Room Service by Jenny Lee, and The Quiks series by Erin Soderberg.
A former animator and cartoon licensing artist, Kelly also serves as an "international ambassador of creativity" for the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.
She'll be our guest instructor-critiquer for the Thursday, July 27 live session set for 7 p.m. (U.S. Central Standard Time.)
You can opt for just this month's single Group Critique session with Kelly Light (replay included) or subscribe for access to this and replays of all past months' sessions.
Eyes, mouths, hands – Oh My!
For our July 27 session, Kelly is asking you to bring to life two out of four possible characters she describes for us from an imaginary children's book manuscript, as if she was an editor auditioning you for the project.
"I want you to read each and pick 2 and design the character," she says. "You interpret the description. Who do you see playing this part? Then draw them in three poses and do three facial expressions. If it reads as a kid, draw a kid, if you envision an animal – draw an animal."
Kelly also says to upload your own characters that you are working on. "Bring them in thinking about whether they feel alive to you. What do you think you did successfully?
"Where do you think you need help? Do you think there is something missing about them. Do you have questions about how to turn them around?
"I want everyone in the group to share with me and the group any character design questions that you have."
After a very special teaching session, she'll pick some sketches by several artists in our group to focus on.
Come join us for another great visit with a gifted guest instructor!
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