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Developing Storytelling Skills from Life

with April Connors


Working with a costumed model, April Connors demonstrates how to use traditional media to experiment with the concepts of characterization, storytelling, tone and mood. April begins with short poses that focus on warming up the arm and mind, feeling her way through gestures and actions with media suited for speed. She then moves on to longer poses where ideas can be developed, consciously choosing media that reflect the goal for each pose, whether it is a five-minute story scenario in marker, a bright and colorful character expression study, or a moody and brooding black and white charcoal sketch. The demonstration prioritizes the influence of story on character design using body language, expression, mood and costume. April explores various media such as permanent media, pastel, dry and wet mixed media, texture, brush pen, charcoal and water color. For those interested in developing their skills with characterization in the context of a narrative illustration, this title offers a variety of inspired and masterfully executed techniques, thought processes and workflow.

Duration: 3h 06m

Format: HD 1920x1080

April Connors

Figure Drawing Instructor and Freelance Illustrator

April Connors is an artist, author, and instructor based in Los Angeles, with further experience in fashion illustration. Her works have been exhibited everywhere from the United States to Mexico to Hong Kong. She has been teaching life drawing for over 10 years and has taught figure drawing at Warner Animation Group, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Netflix, Gnomon School of Visual Effects, The Mill, Eido, and many other private institutions.

  • April Connors draws with a creative energy that is infectious to watch

    - Bob Kato
    Associate Professor at Art Center and Illustrator