Creature & Character Development

Learn how to advance your character development skills for illustration or tattoo Industry.



During his first ever online seminar, world renowned tattoo artist and muralist, Jesse Smith walks you through his process on creating unique, compelling, and thought-provoking creatures.  Everything from the conception of an idea, the environment in which the creature lives and all the way through choosing a palette is discussed in great detail. This workshop relates to artists interested in developing compelling characters for tattoo illustrations, as well as unique creatures for visual narratives in the entertainment, fantasy, and science fiction industries.  This recorded workshop is a hands-on, skill-building experience. Each recording focuses on industry and career-relevant information. All students are encouraged to bring sketching material (Wacoms, iPad Pros, and/or Paper and Pencils) as well as a means to color in your character (Color Pencils, Markers, Paint, etc.) The workshop is available for streaming for up to 1 year after purchase. 



Create a character start to finish during the 3 session workshop. Jesse shares his secrets and guides the process.



A number of demonstrations and exercises are completed during the workshop.



The information shared by Jesse is reflective of the industry and is practical to working professionals.


Session 1


  • Presentation and lecture of Jesse Smith's work (tattoos, unique creatures, murals, & client work)
  • Lecture on Jesse's working process.
  • Demonstration by Jesse.
  • Attendees receive an assignment and demonstration on how to proceed.

Session 2


  • Learn from previous students' projects as Jesse critique their work. Your work is not critiqued.
  • Additional demonstration by Jesse is presented during this session.

Session 3


  • Review and critique finished assignment.
  • The critique process is an extremely valuable element of the learning process.
  • On-demand attendees do not receive a critique.

About Jesse SmitH

Since the latter part of Jesse’s high school years his art has absorbed the inner workings of the urban culture.  Jesse’s goal has always been to translate his skewed perspective of the world onto paper, canvas, concrete or skin.  In 1995 spray paint became his medium of choice.  He really enjoyed the fact that he could cover a massive amount of space in a short amount of time.  The one thing that attracted him to the graffiti culture was its bent perspectives, tweaked angles and explosive color.  As he grew as an artist his influences broadened and he now draws more from inside rather than from reference. 

Over the last 15 years Jesse has gathered a lot of inspiration from over analyzing his everyday interactions with people as well as today’s political chaos.  The frustration he gathers from random situations and present day events has found its way into his art.  His overall intent is to produce an analogical mirror of situations that we, as individuals and a country, are faced with on a regular basis.