Character Animation For Beginners Course

As promised, the Character Animation for Beginners Course is now released and FREE (for a limited time). It would really help though, if you could leave an honest review and feedback on Udemy as this will help me make better courses. Hurry and sign up now, as I will have to make it paid by this Wednesday!

Blender users, I’ve thrown in a free fully-rigged and ready-to-animate 3D character model in there. It would be helpful if you could leave me an honest review on Udemy as that will help me make better courses in future.

Here is the link:

Enjoy and I hope you find it useful! :)


Disney Animators Study Their Reflections in Mirrors to Draw Classic Characters’ Facial Expressions

For decades, professional animators have relied on mirrors and their own facial expressions to be able to produce the dynamic, expressive characters that audiences know and love. Using themselves as models, the artists leer, grin, and grimace at their own reflections so that they can recreate the right nuances of each look on paper.

In this charming set of photos, legendary animators from the 1940s to the 1960s can be seen making hilarious faces at themselves as they sketch beloved characters like Bugs Bunny, Donald Duck, and Fred Flintstone. Working in famed studios like Walt Disney Production, Warner Bros, and Hanna-Barbera Productions, these artists brought to life many of the creations that defined the golden age of American animation, from Tom and Jerry to Lady and the Tramp.


Little Witch Academia (リトル ウィッチ アカデミア)

Full-color character designs for Little Witch Academia, illustrated by Yoh Yoshinari (吉成曜) were included in the March 2013 issue of Animestyle Magazine (Amazon Japan), along side an interview with the creator.


Hansel & Gretel

This is my complete Visual Development project for Hansel & Gretel!

I love this project and will continue to develop it. I could draw those three characters all day!

Prints & apparel available at


Art by Russell Dauterman

Round three!

Here are my designs for Aelsa the Light Elf queen, her and Malekith’s wedding looks, the Thunder Guard, Viking Loki, and the War Witches.

Also included are my model sheets for Enchantress, Beta Ray Bill, and Young Thor Odinson - these three were existing costumes, but I made some tweaks to Amora.

UPDATE: Added my designs for the Exterminatrix and Jane’s new civvies.

Part one

Part two


Kill la Kill (キルラキル)

Character designs for Mako and the Mankanshoku family from Kill la Kill episode 7, when they receive a lifestyle upgrade. Illustrations by character designer Sushio (すしお), captured and colored in his Sushio Club Love Love KLKL (Mandarake) book.


Top 5 Reasons to Be Excited About ‘Firefly Online’

Created by Quantum Mechanix in partnership with Spark Plug Games, Firefly Online (FFO) is the latest in fan-endorsed creations attempting to bring us back to the ‘Verse. But with an experienced team of developers, designers, actors, and musicians behind the project, it just might be the most ambitious and successful one yet. Moreover, while FFO promises to be a playground for Browncoats old and new alike, the developers have expressed a desire to make FFO a welcoming gaming experience even for people unfamiliar with the source material.

One of the things I’m most excited about for FFO is the deliberate choice by the developers and designers to make FFO an experience that can be accessed and appreciated by all players, regardless of race, gender, age, or body type. Women especially will appreciate the choice to create character models that go beyond just the typical hourglass figure and present a range of body types that better reflect the diversity of women in the real world.



Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann (天元突破グレンラガン)

Character designer Atsushi Nishigori’s (錦織敦史) concept art and prototype designs of Yoko Littner were showcased in the Tokimeki ✩ Yoko Book, which came in the Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Kirameki  Yoko Box (Amazon US).