July is "great visual character month" with longtime children's publishing art rep Melissa Turk guest instructing at 1 p.m. (U.S. Central Time) Monday, July 17.
Melissa, who owns The Artist Network writes, "One of the most challenging skills for a children’s book illustrator is visually representing their main character or characters, multiple times and still representing them clearly as the same character."
Which brings us to her assignment for the group, for the live July 17 critique.
"Choose 1 to 2 characters and illustrate them in different situations, expressing different emotions," Melissa writes. "These characters can be human, animal or anthropomorphic animal. They do not need to be fully visualized scenes, but enough to see that the character is happy, mad, scared etc. and doing different activities. Pay attention to their entire face and body form, not just the clothing they are wearing."
This will be a bit of a challenge. "Harder than you think," she suggests.