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My Odd Bodies

The end of January had me itching to try something new, so I decided it was time to dive into the Odd Bodies class on Skillshare by illustrator Tom Froese. If his name sounds familiar, you may remember that I took an inky map workshop with him during the ICON conference last summer (in my 2018 in Review blog). He is know for quirky, often exaggerated characters and incorporating hand-made textures. The class walks you through 6 fun and low-pressure exercises designed to break you out of your rigid figure-drawing habits. Don't be intimidated if you haven't had enough experience to even develop those habits - it'll probably give you a leg up!

One of my favourite exercises involved fitting human figures into random shapes. It took a bit of mental gymnastics, but I came out with a flexible yogi...

and a girl struggling to get ready for bed after a night out on the town.

The bonus project involves developing one of your exercises into a fully-finished illustration. Tom is there to walk you through every step of his process, including plenty of photoshop tips and tricks that will be sure to help you well beyond the end of the class. It's like signing up for one class, and getting a bonus one you weren't even expecting! I selected one of my sketches from exercise 6: exaggeration.

I'm delighted with my silly cyclist, so focused on the road.

There is more that I could share here, but I would strongly encourage you to head on over and check out the class for yourself. Don't feel like you have to fit it all into one day - I chose to take the class one exercise at a time, fitting it in amongst a busy schedule over the course of a couple of weeks. I also encourage you to check out Tom's YouTube channel where he shares advice on illustration and creative careers. Happy drawing!

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