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Wed, 13 Apr

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Online workshop

Artist led workshop: How to draw trans and non-binary characters

Learn how to draw trans and non-binary characters in a respectful way with trans artist Julian Gray.

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Artist led workshop: How to draw trans and non-binary characters
Artist led workshop: How to draw trans and non-binary characters

Time & Location

13 Apr 2022, 14:00 – 16:00

Online workshop

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About the Event

Learn how to draw trans and non-binary characters in a respectful way with trans artist Julian Gray.

For illustrators who want to portray a diverse range of people, the ability to draw trans and non-binary characters in a non-stereotypical way is essential. This class is aimed at artists of any gender and no prior knowledge is required. With guidance and feedback from Julian, you will examine your own subconscious biases about gender in illustration, learn crucial concepts and draw your own characters by following practical tips.

The fear of ‘getting things wrong’ can make exploring ways to create trans and non-binary characters intimidating. This class will offer a safe space to learn and make mistakes without judgement, with the goal of developing your practice, and the skills learned can be applied across any medium.

What you’ll do

  • Learn what makes a ‘trans-coded’ character.
  • Look at examples of trans-positive and transphobic portrayals.
  • Engage in creative exercises to examine your own subconscious biases in a non-judgemental space.
  • Learn practical tips for drawing trans men, trans women and non-binary characters.
  • Draw your own trans and/or non-binary characters by following guidance.
  • Receive support and feedback from tutor Julian Gray.

About Julian Gray

Julian Gray is an illustrator based in Manchester, UK. Unapologetically queer, trans, disabled and mixed race, Julian is keen to create artwork with authentic representation of populations marginalised by society. His illustrations are often character-driven and pull from a variety of influences including (but not limited to) film noir, 1980s comic art and the Victorian aristocracy.

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