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LIVE ONLINE WORKSHOP WITH FACE TO FACE TEACHING

The concept of this online workshop is based on Will Weston’s teaching experiences at Art Center College of Design, where he is teaching remotely as well at the moment.

This workshop will be held live via Zoom. Classes take place every other day instead of 4 days in a row, to give you the chance to complete homework between each live class. 

Everyone who books this workshop receives a 20% discount on Will Weston’s video lectures at drawingamerica.com

Content

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.

Homework & Assignments

You will work on your assignments during the live class together with fellow students. To replicate a classroom experience, Will divides the class into groups of 2-3 people, who will be moved to separate classrooms in Zoom. This allows you to interact with each other, get to know your fellow classmates and help each other out. While you are working on your assignments, Will moves from group to group to give all of you feedback. He will also talk to you individually. 

Will asks you to take photos of your assignments and upload them directly to the Zoom chat. The same applies to the homework. Don’t worry about photos, Will offers advice on how to take good pictures in the beginning of the class.

Feedback

Will gives feedback on your assignments by talking to you face to face. If necessary, he will draw over your homework in Photoshop, showing it to you via screen share. Everything is live, even the feedback!

Resources

Will provides reference images and other resources (PDFs) which you can use during class and keep when the workshop is over.

Workshop Schedule

Will starts each class day with a lecture/live demo, followed by assignments. While you work on your assignments, Will “walks around” and gives you and your classmates feedback. Halfway through another lecture/demo is presented, followed by assignments. The day is concluded by Will as he wraps up this day’s lectures and assignments. At this point he also gives you homework, which you have to complete throughout the next day, during which no live class is held. 

Class days and homework days alternate, which means you always have a full day to complete your homework before the next live session starts. 

Daily Schedule

16:00 – 17:30 Workshop
17:30 – 17:45 Coffee Break
17:45 – 19:15 Workshop
19:15-20:15 Dinner
20:15 – 21:45 Workshop
21:35 – 22:00 Coffee Break
22:00-23:30 Workshop

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.

Prerequisites

Basic drawing experience is recommended, but beginning students will be fine.  Will Weston starts at the very beginning with basic proportions and progress from there. Additionally, though the course has an overall agenda, he teaches students individually in class and adjuts his instruction to suit the level of each student.

Materials needed

  • Good internet connection
  • Zoom (free software)
  • 17 X 24” = A3 Drawing board (optional)
  • White drawing paper A3 (standard life drawing size)
  • 10 Prismacolor Pencils in black OR Black Progresso Pencils (other brands are fine)
  • A pencil sharpener with a catch basin for shavings
  • Charcoal pencils and newsprint are okay, but I’d give the above list a try.