Join illustrator Eric Johnson and master the art of animal character design from start to finish! Learn how to conceptualize and develop an endearing, realistic character using thumbnail sketches, and add expressive human characteristics with Eric's expert tips. Create a captivating visual narrative as you explore a variety of poses, props and settings, and refine perspective, scale and balance for a lifelike composition. Experiment with various color palettes to convey mood and emotion, and delve into two mixed-media methods to enhance your work with depth and lively hues. From the celebrated ink-and-watercolor style of Randolph Caldecott to a layered approach that incorporates colored pencils, you'll learn how to bring your work to life with charm and whimsy. Eric also shares valuable troubleshooting techniques, along with inspiring design ideas that will delight children and adults alike.