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Courses

  • 7 Lessons

    Will Weston Advanced Projects Summer 2021

    Advanced projects is a portfolio-building class that allows students to demonstrate their knowledge of the visual development process to future employers. Students work on a vis dev project of their choosing under the instructor's supervision. This is an advanced class with a limited number of students, and people work at different rates given previous experience. Some students may take the class once to finish a project and others twice, so students will progress as fast as their skills and discipline allow.
  • 7 Lessons

    Will Weston Figure Composition & Story

    Figure Composition & Story assumes you’re learning to draw figures for a reason. In this class, students learn to draw proportionally accurate but simple figures that can be drawn quickly and clearly. We then take a deep dive into figure composition as it’s used today in animation, film, game design, graphic novels, figurative painting and some children’s books. This is also a great foundational class for those interested in storyboarding. We address figure drawing in perspective. Students learn numerous compositional approaches, including strategies from earlier eras applicable today. This class is about planning figure-based art projects. We discuss the role of character archetypes, how to create casts of characters, and their value in telling visual stories. Students develop proficiencies through numerous exercises and a final story-telling project based on figure composition with limited props. All my Drawing America classes involve lectures, presentations, and individual recorded critiques of student work every week. Students may work digitally, traditionally, or using a combination of both media.
  • 7 Lessons

    Will Weston Figure Drawing Spring 2021

    In this 6-week (7 lesson) workshop, students will learn basic figure construction and then proceed through the figure focusing more in-depth on human anatomy. Drawing techniques, how to draw volumetrically as well as figure lighting will also be covered. Students will be given weekly homework assignments and receive personal video critiques on their work. CLASS SCHEDULE: Live Zoom meetings occur on Saturdays March 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th, and April 3rd and 10th from 12:00 – 1:30 pm EST. Videos will be available as a replay after class.
  • 7 Lessons

    Will Weston Figure Drawing Summer 2021

    In this 6-week (7 lesson) workshop, students will learn basic figure construction and then proceed through the figure focusing more in-depth on human anatomy. Drawing techniques, how to draw volumetrically as well as figure lighting will also be covered. Students will be given weekly homework assignments and receive personal video critiques on their work.
  • 7 Lessons

    Will Weston Figure Drawing Winter 2021

    Receive personal video critiques on your weekly homework assignments in this 6-week (7 lesson) workshop. Students will learn basic figure construction and then proceed through the figure focusing more in-depth on human anatomy. Drawing techniques, how to draw volumetrically as well as figure lighting will also be covered.
  • 7 Lessons

    Will Weston Mad Science Summer 2021

    This drawing workshop uses old submarine interiors, steam cars, tanks, pre WW1 flying machines, and 19th century dental and medical equipment as references allowing drawing students to portray character-filled man-made lab equipment, creepy lab furniture, and environments. Students learn to draw everything using cylinders (pipes & pipe fittings), balls, boxes, wire, and ropes, all exaggerated for clarity and expression. Students then scale and design a cutaway for a Mad Scientists laboratory allowing for staging and potential layouts.
  • 9 Lessons

    Will Weston Style Development in Animation & Game

    Style development in animation & game design isn’t random or simply personal. It can indicate the age range of the viewers, the type of story being told, and even the physics of a film. Style also falls into general stylistic categories that can be mixed or used individually. Most importantly, animation or game styles are built around the story being told. In this 8-week (9 lessons) class, we start with a few exercises, then take a story, break it down and develop stylistic options and combinations that serve storytelling needs. I default to animation, but the skills and concepts are transferable so students can choose game design or even graphic novels if they wish. At the end of this class, students will have samples demonstrating their understanding of the visual development process. Most commercial media today is digital, but my students' interests are varied so students may work digitally, traditionally, or combine the two (this can produce interesting results). All my Drawing America classes involve lectures, presentations, and individual recorded critiques of student work every week.