Character Design

Formerly called, How To Draw Characters, this class focuses purely on character design and caters to kids who like cartoony characters as well as realistic ones. Several drawing principles will be taught, including facial proportions and expressions, character scale, height/weight variations, different profiles, how to give expressions to things without a face, exaggeration and body language, simple skeletons, how to work with color palettes, silhouette comparisons, K.I.S.S. drawings, and ideas on how to make characters unique from one another.

A couple of items taught are also covered in the Comic Workshop classes, but there is plenty of new stuff so your child won’t be bored!

NOTE: As of Jan.2019 the class name will change to CHARACTER DESIGN to separate it from the other “How To Draw” classes that Todd offers.




Sun, Apr.05 - Tue, Jun.30

Due to the Coronavirus spreading across the globe, all of my physical classes have been postponed or cancelled as a result. I am currently only teaching LIVE ONLINE CLASSES using webcams and Google Hangouts or Zoom depending on the class size.

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Please let me know at drop off or email the night before and I will write their contact info down. Thanks!

NO! All supplies are covered in the cost of class!

I can teach anywhere in the St. Louis, Missouri area and have taught children in PRIVATE one on one classes, GROUP classes, BIRTHDAY PARTIES, and HOMESCHOOL classes.

For the vast majority of my classes there is no homework, however, for my Beginner and Advanced KIDS COMIC WORKSHOP classes, there will be some homework. (But it's fun homework so it doesn't count!)

For classes shorter than six weeks your child will bring everything home. With the six week comic courses, often times I will keep your child's artwork or scripts because I want to make sure they arrive back the following week where we need to use them. At the end of the course, however, you will get everything back.

I've been an artist since I was eight years old, but since 2009 I've focused my artistic skills on creating three kid friendly comics, and I sell them in my SHOP and at comic conventions around the Midwest.

The teaching path I'm currently on started in April 2015 when I was asked to teach a primitive version of my BEGINNER KIDS COMIC WORKSHOP to four 3rd grade classes at my son's elementary school during art class. Since that time I've expanded and refined that course and have added numerous other classes. This is now my career and I teach my classes all around town as well as online!

No I won’t, but from time to time I do send out an email to everyone that is class specific, like reminding your child to bring homework back, that sort of thing.

No refunds will be given for weeks missed, sorry.

In the event that I am sick or some other situation comes up and I cannot conduct class that day, I will first try to reschedule the class, if that does not succeed then you WILL get reimbursed for the class missed.

Yes but it depends on the need. My son has high functioning autism, so I am more versed in the autistic world than anything else. If the child has more severe needs, then the parent or guardian must be present with the child to help them through class because I won't be able to devote a lot of time to individual children. You can leave me a note during registration about the needs of your child.

You do not have to stay. When you register there will be space for an emergency contact number in case I need to get a hold of you. Just keep your phone handy and make sure to get back before the class ends!

I use SQUARE for all credit card transactions. It's just like Paypal (but better) and is perfectly secure! I will also accept cash only on the first day of the course. (exact change please.) No checks please! The course must be paid in full before it begins or right at the start of the first class. No late payments will be accepted!

I usually do not have a wait list for my classes, however, keep an eye out on my UPCOMING CLASSES page for the class you're interested in. If I say "walk ins are accepted", show up the day of class and pay by cash (exact change.) There will always be one or two who sign up who don't show up, so you will be safe!

Space is often limited so I prefer you sign up online to reserve your seat. There may not be any left if you walk in the day of. If you still want to do this, please make sure to check the class information on this site as I will say if walk ins are allowed or not for a particular class.

Did I miss a question? Please CONTACT ME if there’s something I didn’t cover! Thanks!