Local Artist Russ Fagle

Russ is a graphic artist and musician based in Cedar Rapids. He has worked with many students in our After School Enrichment Program and at The Music and Arts Studios, teaching both art and music classes.

Sponsored by Ben Wiemerslage of State Farm Insurance

The art of Character Design

Design your own looks and personalities to create your own character drawings. 

We'll start by making a 'line of action' and create simple shapes to build upon. Experiment with details, textures, shadows, and colors along the way. Maybe your character will take on a life of its own as you create! 


  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Colored pencils, crayons, or markers (optional)

Share your work and stay connected!

We are curious to see your project! Upload photos in the comment section below. If you have trouble, or want to share a short video, email us at info@eiaaprogram.org. Leave your school name in the comment  box and we will share images with your school!

We want to stay connected to our creative students when we get back to the new normal. While you are here, learn more about the Eastern Iowa Arts Academy. While we don't have much taking place in real space/time during the pandemic, we will get back to our regular live and in-person classes. When we do, we'd love to have you as a member!

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