How It Works

SketchSquatch teaches basic drawing skills to aspiring young artists, animators, and designers. Work with a professional drawing coach to earn Squatch Awards for each level you complete. Learn to design a character and bring it to life by drawing.

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Start by drawing the front view of your character’s face. Work in your favorite art style such as anime, cartoony, or realistic. Create a simple character you’ll enjoy drawing because you’ll use it a lot in our lessons. Send your front-view character face to your drawing coach for approval. After receiving a Squatch Thumbs-up! you’ll be ready to start Level 1 lessons.

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Level 1 introduces you to character design. You’ll learn how to create different views of your character on a model sheet and give it various emotions.

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Level 2 takes you into drawing 3-dimensional (3D) form. You’ll bring your character to life with shading (light source) and perspective (a system of 3D drawing). Your coach will help you develop a visual language of lines, shapes, and values (lighter & darker tones).

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Level 3 puts your character into worlds that you create. You’ll learn to compose scenes that depict action and your character’s personality. If you have an iPad or digital tablet, this is a great time to start using it with your coach.

Here’s all you need to get started:

  • Valid email address for drawing with your coach
  • Smartphone, digital camera, or scanner for taking pictures of your drawings
  • 2B, 4B, 6B pencils (higher the number, darker the lines) and paper (8.5×11″ white copy paper is fine)
  • Using an iPad or other digital tablet? Email drawings directly from apps such as Paper 53 and Sketchbook.

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Work diligently, brave sketcher! Be willing to learn new drawing techniques and receive Squatch Awards for completing all three basic skill levels.

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