Thursday, June 16th, 2016 Posted by Jim Thacker

Gnomon ships Developing Storytelling Skills from Life

The Gnomon Workshop has released Developing Storytelling Skills from Life, a new three-hour guide to traditional drawing techniques for character and costume design, recorded by illustrator April Connors.

Create narrative illustrations from sketches of a live model, in a range of media
In the video, working with a costumed model, Connors demonstrates how to use traditional media to experiment with the concepts of characterization, storytelling, tone and mood.

She begins with short poses that focus on warming up the arm and mind, then moves on to longer poses where ideas for narrative illustrations can be developed, choosing media that reflect the goal for each pose.

As well as how to capture the essence of a character, the video explores key techniques for a range of media including marker, charcoal, pastel, brush pen and watercolours.

About the artist
April Connors is a Los Angeles-based freelance illustrator whose work has been exhibited internationally from Mexico to Hong Kong.

She has been teaching figure drawing for six years, and currently teaches classes at Gnomon – School of Visual Effects, Games and Animation; Otis College of Art and Design; and 3Kicks.

Pricing and availability
Developing Storytelling Skills from Life is available via an online subscription to The Gnomon Workshop, giving you access to over 300 detailed tutorials. Subscriptions cost $49/month or $499/year, and there is a free trial.

Read more about Developing Storytelling Skills from Life on The Gnomon Workshop’s website

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