SHEnanigans is a year-long course meant to give you the insight and practice you need to build up your character-building confidence! By recreating 52 of my most intricate characters, my goal for you is that you can take what you have learned over the course of the year and find the confidence and the skills needed to create your own signature characters!

Get ready to build up some serious (creative) muscle memory this year! Muscle memory is simply the ability to reproduce a particular movement without conscious thought, acquired as a result of frequent repetition of that movement. Add “creative” to the front of the phrase and you’ve got the version we are looking for! There are lots of ways to instill creative muscle memory, but this course focuses on repetitive practice. Repetitive Practice is all about drawing and painting one object over and over. This type of practice allows us to create muscle memory while drawing with the bonus of infusing the object with lots of imaginative detail and color choices.

This course focuses on the repetitive practice of drawing. Ugh, I know. It’s your least favorite part of the process! I’ll be the first to admit that drawing on camera is hard and I don’t always get to be as detailed or accurate as I like to be. The solution? I spent a ton of time developing the drawings of the characters in advance to ensure your success. You get my very best work to use as a reference and, in trade, I get to see you grow your illustrative skill set! All you need to do grab a pencil, print out your weekly packet and copy one of my drawings once a week.

In addition to your drawing practice, you’ll paint your beautifully drawn character using a full-color reference sheet. As a reward for all of your very hard work, I’ll share an in-depth painting video to give you advice on how to take your watercolor skill set up a notch! This course includes:

Welcome Packet

• Character Building handout with basic steps to drawing your characters each week
• Visual Tension handout explaining the process with words and a character drawing
• Creative Practicing handouts that include ideas on how to get the most out of my reference sheets
• Visual Inventory worksheets that allows you to keep track of variations and details for future reference
• Course checklist to keep track of your progress.

53 Handout Packets (PDF)

• Weekly danielle-ish tip, trick or insight with room to document your process and take notes
• Black and white drawing of a highly detailed character to use as a reference when drawing your character
• Color illustration with a core color palette, an insight or two, and the finished character to use as reference while painting your own character.
• Printable trading card of weekly character, a name-based haiku, and a favorite color-mixing suggestion

12 Pre-recorded Painting Tutorials + 11 Bonus Zoom Recordings

• Pre-recorded in-depth painting tutorial videos of one of the weekly characters.
• BONUS Zoom Q+A sessions

Goodbye Packet

• Class-exclusive print-and-frame character – not available to folks outside of the course!
• Compiled handout of tips and tricks from your weekly handouts
• Creative Practicing handout that includes next steps to creating your own signature characters

PLEASE READ This class, its contents and all art are owned by Danielle Donaldson. You may not use any part of the content or art for anything other than personal use. You may not sell or distribute any art with a likeness of original art. What the heck are you trying to say, Danielle? Basically, if you are copying, don’t claim it as your own idea and/or sell it. If you are an instructor, don’t teach it. If you are an illustrator, you may not use my characters as part of a publication. This full-time artist very much appreciates your understanding!