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This is a 4 day masterclass for Concept Artists, Illustrators and Students!


This workshop teaches a clear, simple and accurate figure construction technique that suits today’s modern educational (and professional) environment where students have a lot more to learn in a short period of time. It is updated from more classical drawing traditions, but is easier to grasp in the beginning and can be more quickly learned. The approach also allows students to address figure composition more easily, and assumes students will soon want to draw figures in motion, composed in groups, and as part of a narrative story.
The techniques learned in this workshop can be applied to animation, graphic novels, children’s books, game design, or in character design. The workshop is based on courses Will has developed at ArtCenter (where it is considered an essential class) and in seminars for professionals at the Society of Illustrators in LA, for DreamWorks’ TV and Feature Animation, for the Animation Guild and other organisations in Los Angeles.

About the Instructor

Will Weston
Will Weston
Will Weston had a long career in illustration before entering the animation field, where he worked for Disney Feature Animation, Disney TV Animation, Warner Bros. Animation, Nickelodeon Animation and Sony Feature Animation. He left the animation field 13 years ago to help develop the very successful Entertainment Arts program at ArtCenter in Pasadena, CA. He’s now an Associate Professor and works in two separate entertainment departments at ArtCenter. At AC, he teaches figure drawing and costumed figure drawing, drawing for composition, composition for film, digital painting and style development for feature animation and games. He’s also won ArtCenter’s Great Teacher Award (given by student vote) in 2012. Additionally, Will currently lectures and teaches professional workshops for DreamWorks Animation and other professional organizations in Los Angeles. His recent public workshops have been in Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Copenhagen, and now Graz, Austria for Carbon Black Workshops. To see examples of Will Weston’s teaching methods and a sampling of excellent student work, scroll through ​@willwestonstudio o​n Instagram.

Core Principles

This is a structural figure-drawing class that addresses figure drawing as a component part of a larger art ambition. Students will learn an easy to use drawing process that, combined with design issues outlined in class, allows them to draw figures in a way that addresses both the needs of figure drawing and narrative compositional needs as well.

What You’ll Learn

Figure proportions, drawing concepts and practices, figure construction techniques, gesture drawing, anatomy for artists, lighting, the components of narrative composition, and figure composition techniques.


Basic drawing experience is recommended, but beginning students will be fine. I start at the very beginning with basic proportions and progress from there. Additionally, though the course has an overall agenda, I teach students individually in class and adjust my instruction to suit the level of each student.

Materials needed

  • 17 X 24” Drawing board and white drawing paper (standard life drawing size)
  • 10 Prismacolor Pencils in black OR Black Progresso Pencils
  • A pencil sharpener with a catch basin for shavings
  • Charcoal pencils and newsprint are OK, but I’d give the above list a try.

Workshop Schedule

The first class addresses figure construction through an extensive presentation, and applies the construction techniques to drawing with a live model.

We briefly review the previous days figure construction lesson and address anatomy, head drawing and lighting techniques. We then work with a live model for the rest of the day.

We build on the previous days lessons with longer poses for lighting, a demonstration on drawing hair, hands and feet. There is a figure composition lecture towards the end of class.

Day 4 is used for longer pose drawing, finished drawing techniques, review, questions and answers, more figure composition, and individual help for everyone who needs or it.

Daily Schedule

9:30 – 11:00 Workshop
11:00 – 11:15 Coffee Break
11:15 – 12:45 Workshop
12:45 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:30 Workshop
15:30 – 15:45 Coffee Break
15:45 – 17:30 Workshop

The Venue

The workshop is held at the Erzherzog-Johan-Salon (John of Austria Saloon) in Graz. The venue is easily accessible by car and public transport. There’s a basement carpark (10€/day) right below the venue and the next bus stop is 300 metres away (bus line 40, direction “Gösting”; bus station: “Anton-Kleinoscheg-Strasse”). We’ve also got a bakery/cafe (“Auer”) and a supermarket right next to our venue. The cafe serves delicious coffee, snacks and breakfast, so we can definitely recommend it to those who want to meet beforehand and enjoy breakfast together.

Please take a look at our page “location” for travel advice and apartment recommendations. If you need more help (plane, train, bus tickets, free parking options etc.) contact us at: contact@carbon-black.design