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Simple Animals with Simple Stories - Cute Illustration with a Narrative

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Welcome to Simple Animals with Simple Stories!

I'm Terry Runyan, visual artist, and I will be sharing with you how you can create cute animals while telling a story with your art.

I have been illustrating cute animals and visual stories for well over 35 years.  I spent 30 years as an in-house illustrator for a social expressions company where I created cards, children’s books, gift items and numerous other storytelling product.

In this class you will learn:

*How to tell a simple story through illustration and art.

*How to create cute animal characters for your story.

*How to bring your illustration to the next level with story telling.

*The difference between decorative and pattern art compared to storytelling.

*How to pull story ideas from your own experiences.

*How to pull story ideas from research without copying.

*How to use facial and body expression to tell a story.

*Using anthropomorphizing on animal characters.

*How to use props and a cast of characters for storytelling.

You might be interested in two books I just completed about drawing animals and characters.  The books are available here:

To learn more about finding your art style, check out my Skillshare class Discovering Your Art Style Through Daily Creating here:

You can find all the supplies I use and the links here:

You can find some  awesome character design inspiration on Pinterest here:

I look forward to seeing your projects!  If you have any questions please post them in the comments section or with your project.  I'm on Skillshare most days and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Thanks again!!

Music in order of use:


*Kick_the_Can The Mini Vandals

*Bongo_Madness-Quincas Moreira

*Mr_Sunny_Face Wayne Jones

*Merengue_de_Limon Quincas Moreira

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