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Courses

  • 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 Fall 2020

    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. Live Zoom meetings occur on Sundays Sept 13th, 20th, 27th, Oct 4th, 11th, and 18th from 12:00 - 1:30 pm EST. Videos will be available as a replay after class.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.