Get comfortable and more confident when drawing character poses and gestures. 

Do you ever feel that your characters could be more lively, expressive, and dynamic? Or, are you looking for more ideas to take your character designs to the next level? Then, this class is for you! ☺︎ 

After taking my class about Stylized Characters Design, many of you have shared that you would like to learn and practice more about character design! 

And so, in this class, we will level up and I’ll take you through the journey of making your characters more lively, expressive and dynamic, by using simple shapes and drawing poses and gestures.

What students say about the course

"This class felt like a treasure trove! Iva gives so many examples and you'll already learn a lot by just drawing along. I really like that the course is organized based upon poses ( sitting, running etc.) both in 3/4 view and front view. The organization of lessons makes it easy to just follow parts of the course and save the rest for later. I would definitely recommend the class if you want to practice your character drawings and especially their poses"


- Marjet. 

What you will learn

We will be creating a lot of little stories using character poses, gestures, clothes, and props, culminating in creating a group of characters - a stylized portrait of your friends, family, or a characters lineup for a movie or a game.

You will gain a solid skill for developing your character design and style further. You will learn:

- What brushes I often use to create my illustrations

- How to use a stick figure to draw poses

- How to use simple shapes to quickly sketch the body parts

- How to apply proportions to make your characters believable

- How to work with the spine and weight to make your characters more dynamic

- How to apply basic perspective to create depth in your characters

We will talk about the importance of gestures and body language so you can make your characters appear confident, shy, happy, or elegant. And you will get inspired by various examples on how to color and finish your sketches.

You will also get two creative challenges for mood and simple storytelling while adding props to your characters.

But wait, there is more ☺︎

You will learn how to approach sitting, walking, running, jumping, floating poses with lots of quick tips, and professional advice from working with clients.

Last by not least, we will talk about what to consider when you will be creating a group and composition consisting of more characters.

At the end of the class, you will have an illustration you could print out for your home, give to someone from your family, and friends, or if you create your own, custom designs, use them in your portfolio.

I will be using Procreate 5X, but feel free to use any other drawing software or medium you prefer.

In addition, you will also get a bunch of freebies to use with this class:

- Mood boards with photo references for your characters!

- Fun practice sheets

Let’s get started with expanding your horizons and drawing awesome characters!

See you in the class!

What you will get

Video lessons with practical examples - Resources - Class project

Who is it for?

This course is great if you have just finished my course about Stylized Characters Design and you want to continue building your character design skills.

Hi, I am Iva from Art Side of Life and I will be your instructor

Course Curriculum


Access to Resources

Course Project

Brushes  & Canvas Setup

Lesson 1 - From Basic Proportions to a Pose

Lesson 2 - Gesture Drawing and Body Language

Lesson 3 - Weight

Lesson 4 - Using Simple Shapes to Design a Body

Lesson 5 - Coloring Exercise I

Lesson 6 - Confident Pose

Lesson 7 - Power Pose

Lesson 8 - Coloring Exercise II

Lesson 9 - Shy & Reserved Pose

Lesson 10 - Elegant & Delicate Pose

Lesson 11 - Happy & Excited Pose

Lesson 12 - Jumping Pose

Lesson 13 - Magical & Float Pose

Lesson 14 - Walking Pose

Lesson 15 - Coloring Exercise III

Lesson 16 - Running Pose

Lesson 17 - Sitting Pose

Lesson 18 - Stories - Sitting Pose

Lesson 19 - Levels - Sitting Pose

Lesson 20 - Cross-legged - Sitting Pose

Lesson 21 - Front view - Sitting Pose

Lesson 22 - Elegant vs Sporty Outfits

Lesson 23 - Outgoing vs Shy Outfits

Lesson 24 - Mood & Creativity

Lesson 25 - Point and Look

Lesson 26 - Simple Perspective in Outfits

Lesson 27 - Simple Perspective in Characters

Lesson 28 - Simple Perspective in Characters with Props

Lesson 29 - Group and Flow

Lesson 30 - Examples for Inspiration

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?

You can start and finish at your own pace.

How long will I have access to the course?

You will have lifetime access to the course. You can start and finish it anytime you want. 

How can I pay for the course?

At the moment, we accept PayPal and credit card payments. Some students have had issues with Visa debit card and Visa prepaid card. If you have the possibility to use another credit card, please do so. Otherwise, please contact me at

What equipment do I need to take the course?

Personal computer, tablet or smartphone. Please make sure you have access to a reliable internet connection to stream the videos. You will also need an email account to receive communication concerning this course. 

Where can I contact you in case I need help?

In case you have any questions related to this course, please contact me at

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