Create Memorable Characters!

Discover and Draw Your Characters with Ben Clanton.

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What You’ll Learn

Consider Characters We Care About
At the core of every great story are its protagonists. The best books have characters that readers care about. But creating characters that feel real and remarkable can be challenging. How do you make a character that feels new and noteworthy? How do you create someone that will be special to you and your readers?

We’ll first consider characters we care about and the importance of those characters to their stories and us. Taking a closer look at the characteristics of our favorite protagonists can give us insights into how we might start to construct our own.

Explore Creating Characters Visually
Next we’ll begin to explore creating a character visually. This is a good exercise for not only illustrators but authors too! We’ll start by playing with character design, then reflect on our initial doodles and sketches, and finally revise and refine.

Really Get to Know Your Character
Finally, we’ll take a look at how questions and observations can lead us to a better understanding of our characters.

Ben will share examples of how his own characters have evolved from beginning sketches to fully realized book characters. He'll also give you a worksheet to help you figure out your own character's profile. His playful approach makes it easier to draw and discover your character.

When you've finished this intensive, you should have sketches of at least one character from multiple viewpoints and a written profile to reference.


In this mini-class, you'll be figuring out which character traits are most important to you. Ben will make it easy to start drawing your character with his warm-up strategies, and you'll get to know your character through filling out his character profile worksheet. 


Ben Clanton is the bestselling author/illustrator (or “authorstrator” as he says) of the Narwhal and Jelly series. He's also written and illustrated many picture books, some of which are pictured to the right. He wrote Curious Encounters, illustrated by Jessixa Bagley. And he has also illustrated several picture books with different authors.  Ben and his characters are represented by Marietta Zacker of the Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency

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Mini-Class Details

In this 73-minute mini-class, Ben Clanton will walk you through how he creates his characters and give you the tools you need to create your own. You'll identify what traits make a character important and memorable for you. This will enable you to create a character you connect with emotionally.  The live review/workshop for this class will be on Saturday, October 24 at noon, PST. If you miss the live review, a replay will be available.

Lesson 1
Characters: The Core of the Story

Identify your favorite characters, past and present. Take a look at how their characteristics can give us insights into constructing our own memorable character.

Lesson 2
Drawn to Design Characters

Using warm-up exercises to get started, you'll explore creating your character visually.

Lesson 3
Questions: Quality Time with Characters

You'll learn how questions and observations can lead to a better understanding of your character.


Creating Characters

$ 20
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Frequently Asked Questions

The best books have characters that readers really care about. Years later, you may still remember those characters and remember them as well as you remember friends you had in real life. But creating characters that feel real and remarkable can be challenging. Whether you're an author or an author/illustrator, this class can help you with that.

Ben gives strategies and tips in this class that will work for you even if you don't draw. BUT Ben will encourage you to draw your characters to help you get to know them better. Like he says, you don't have to show your drawings to anyone.

Yes! The beauty of Ben's process is that it will encourage you to personalize each exercise to find what makes a character meaningful and memorable for YOU.

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