How to Create hand-drawn Characters and Scenes for eLearning: Holiday Drink'n'Draw

December 16, 2020
4 Minutes
How to Create hand-drawn Characters and Scenes for eLearning: Holiday Drink'n'Draw

You know the holidays have officially arrived with our annual Holiday episode to close out the year.  This year we ended with a Holiday Drink’n’Draw and it was fantastic.

Kevin Thorn (aka NuggetHead), joined us for the community favorite topic of drawing, creativity, and just plain old FUN!  

In this episode Kevin walked us through a few warmup exercises and then we got right into creating our own characters just using shapes.

And just for fun, here are my own attempts at the exercise Kevin led us through, working on a small whiteboard.

While you might think these simple shapes are silly, too simple, or just not useful for the work you do, Kevin offers up these reasons for why they are useful:

  1. Use these characters to create your storyboard images
  2. Use these characters to communicate concepts
  3. Use these characters in your eLearning to avoid conflicts of diversity and inclusion
  4. Use these generic characters as androgenous figures to avoid gender stereotypes in your eLearning
  5. Use these characters as small digital icons or navigational images

And that’s just a few of the reasons why, and how, these characters work in your eLearning.

If you didn’t stay until the end of the episode, you missed Kevin’s demo of how he goes from analog to digital to convert his pencil and ink on paper drawings as vector shapes for use in any image editing tool or even importing them directly into your dominKnow | ONE image library.  

And as a reminder...  

YES! You CAN draw!  

YES! You ARE creative!

YES! You MUST practice!

So, start practicing today.  Or right after you watch the episode.

To see all the comments from the chat check out the full session right here.

About Kevin Thorn (aka NuggetHead)

Kevin is an award-winning eLearning designer & developer, consultant, and owner of NuggetHead Studioz, LLC., a boutique custom design and development studio specializing in online learning experiences.

After retiring from the US Army, Kevin pursued a career in corporate IT and Training & Development. With his combined military and industry experience, Kevin started the Studioz in 2012 working with clients in various industries solving problems in a wide-range of creative projects.

Based in the North Mississippi Delta, Kevin, the Chief NuggetHead harnesses a bench of creative practitioners in instructional design, elearning development, illustration and graphic design, animation, and serious comics. Kevin is a well-known industry speaker and trainer on elearning development, design workflows, and is also a certified facilitator in LEGO®Serious Play® methodologies.

Academic stuff: BS in Information Technology Management from Christian Brothers University (2003) and MS in Instructional Design and Technology from the University of Memphis (2018).


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