Character Arts:

Caricature and Digital Coloring

with Ed Steckley

CLASS BEGINS: April 28th 2018 | 10 AM (PST)

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10 week live, online skill-focused training for artists

Caricatures can be both comedic and realistic, which means an artist must be part psychologist and part artist who can draw a slightly skewed and exaggerated likeness of a subject, as well as interpret their attitude and personality.

In this course, Ed Steckley teaches you how to capture the fundamental essence of your subject by demonstrating proven strategies he uses in production every day.

This Caricature and Digital Coloring course will consist of ten weeks of LIVE demonstrations and reviews. You'll learn core artist skills and be part of a community of artists all working to achieve next level quality in their work.

Most importantly, you'll learn how to leverage Photoshop CC and learn the professional workflows to create a portfolio ready caricature that will impress.


What you'll learn

In this course, students will create witty caricatures using Photoshop CC, Adobe Illustrator, Corel Painter, and ArtRage Studio Pro. The course will cover drawing and portrait basics, stylization and communication skills, and sketching and digital coloring techniques. The course will help students better understand illustration and artistic workflows, as well as the varied career paths available to a caricature artists.

Estimated time for course work: 8-10 hours per week

Skill Level:  Intermediate

Course Format:  Standard

Duration:  10 Weeks + 2 Weeks Of Access
Lecture Type:  Live weekly
Assignment:  Deadlines each week
Feedback:  Live weekly

By the end of the course, you'll:

Know how to capture the unique attitude and distinct personality of your subject.

Know how to render a caricature portrait in full color.

Have mastered advanced drawing skills such as perspective, style, gesture, proportions and composition.

Have created a complete caricature to enhance or start your personal portfolio.


Build a portfolio of real-world projects


This course is perfect for:

  • Animators who want to incorporate caricatured characters into a production
  • Skilled artists who want to focus on building specific skills
  • Artists who want to draw in a specific style

This course is the best way to start or expand a real portfolio while getting started as a caricature artist. Working with one of the top working professionals in the industry, you'll illustrate and color your own caricature portraits while mastering the latest software predominant in the industry. Don't know what those are? Don't worry, your mentor will teach you 1-on-1. You'll graduate with an enhanced portfolio and an active ArtStation profile.


Our Industry-Standard curriculum is built together with today's best artists to bring you the highest quality training possible. Achieve your dreams today.


  • Caricature history and uses
  • Caricature fundamentals


Facial Features
  • Facial features and their relationships, and how this pertains to likeness
  • Manipulating facial features to our caricature's advantage


Beyond the Face
  • Caricature beyond the face: The figure as caricature
  • Thinking about our caricatures three-dimensionally / Delve further into anatomy and perspective


  • Caricature gesture drawing
  • Beginning a polished caricature project based on a previous lesson


Photoshop & Colors
  • Photoshop elements to refine our caricature illustration
  • Color theory and uses in relation to a caricature


Essence of a Subject
  • Using caricature in illustration
  • Choosing a new caricature subject and looking beyond to discover the essence of a subject


Story Telling
  • Using multiple references and studies to create a caricature
  • What story is our caricature telling?


Quick Sketch
  • Learning about 'quick sketch' caricatures
  • Begin final project - a caricature illustration

WEEKS 9 & 10

Capstone Project
  • Lots of gestures, warm up drawings
  • Final Project


Life as a Skill Track student

This course is what we call a Skill Track. That means, you work closely with an expert in the field who demonstrates the tools, workflows, techniques that you'll need to know to excel as an artist.

Skill Focused

Skill Tracks rely heavily on lectures and demonstrations whereas Bootcamps & Career Tracks focus primarily on you and your work.

Flexible Commitment

Are you just looking to pick up a skill? Just want to learn how an artist works?  If so, then Skill Tracks are the perfect solution.

Live Weekly Meetings

Stay connected! Yes, we're ONLINE but you meet with your instructor every week to learn new skills.

Pick Up New Software Skills

Want to pick up the software skills you need to thrive in a Bootcamp or on-the-job?  Skill Tracks are a great way to achieve this.

Your first day

Meet your mentor, access the curriculum, and join a community of 3000+ students and mentors on the Artist Awake workplace. At GAI, the relationships you form with your mentor and peers help you learn faster.

During the course

Create more. Each course is focused around projects to emulate real work and industry-recognised workflow pipelines. And if you get stuck, ask your mentor.

Graduate on your schedule

Every GAI course is self-paced so there's no need to quit your job. Typically, students finish a Skill Track in 10-12 weeks with an expanded personal portfolio. All graduates receive lifetime access to the Artist Awake network and community.

About your Instructor

Ed Steckley

Ed Steckley is a Reuben Award winning illustrator in New York City, specializing in illustration for children books, product packaging and advertising.

Clients include Spinmaster Toys, Abrams Books, Mad Magazine, lots of smaller magazines, more ad agencies than he’d care to shake a stick at, and has had artwork in a handful of galleries in the greater NYC area.

He is a member of the National Cartoonists Society, the Society of Illustrators and the International Society of Caricature Artists. He got into all during coincidental severe standards lapses at these organizations. Ed’s also currently the President of the Manhatten chapter of the National Cartoonist Society.

He enjoys talking in the third person.





We love questions, almost as much as we love providing answers. Here are a few samplings of what we're typically asked, along with our responses:

When is the live session?
APRIL 28TH at 10 AM Pacific / 1 PM Eastern

When is the first class session?
APRIL 28TH at 10 AM Pacific

What if I miss a class? Can I download it later?
Yes, everything is recorded and downloadable.

How long do I have access to the material?
You have access to the course material for two weeks after the end of the course.  A total of 12 weeks.

How long are the live sessions?
The live sessions are between two and three hours long.

When do you get the downloads up?
We get the downloads of live sessions online about 24 to 48 hours after the live session ends.

How do I talk to the teacher?
You can talk freely during the class and also via the Workplace group and private forum.

Will I be able to ask questions?

Are there demonstrations or lectures?
Yes. They will be live and recorded. All downloads will be in your course.

More questions?

Call us at +1 (888) 765-2999

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