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Will Weston Digital Painting Winter 2021

Will Weston
Digital Painting Class

Live Class Schedule (Zoom): Nov. 6th, 13th, 20th & Dec. 4th, 11th, and 18th. 

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6 Live Classes




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Digital Painting builds on lessons learned in Drawing for Composition, MAD SCIENCE & Composition for Film by taking skills learned in those classes and adding digital painting as the next stage in the process. This is a beginning to an intermediate class that provides a solid foundation in environmental painting techniques applicable to film, animation, and games. It addresses essential painting techniques and multiple lighting setups and provides assignments that allow students to continue to advance their skills after the class ends. Digital Painting is an excellent precursor to Style Development, the next class in the entertainment program at Drawing America.

Upon signing up students will be able to access two videos on Will’s photoshop setup and how he starts a painting. 

Each student will get a video critique each week on their work.

Live Class Schedule (Zoom): Nov. 6th, 13th, 20th & Dec. 4th, 11th, and 18th. All classes take place from 12:00 – 2:00 pm EST. Homework is due Wednesday night at midnight. Video critiques are posted on Fridays by midnight. Zoom links in ZOOM TAB the night before the live class. Live class available as replays 24 hours after class. 

I was originally an advertising illustrator with agents in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. I eventually entered the entertainment field, where I was trained in Walt Disney Studio’s excellent Feature Animation training program. In the following years, I worked as a layout artist, background painter, and a visual development artist for Disney Feature and TV Animation, Nickelodeon Animation, Warner Bros., and Sony Feature Animation.

I have an MFA from the Claremont Graduate University in California. I am retired from ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, where I taught in the Entertainment Arts and Entertainment Design programs. I won ArtCenter’s Great Teacher Award in 2012, an award granted by student vote.

I teach workshops internationally on figure drawing, costumed figure drawing, drawing on location (plants, architecture, furniture, vehicles, etc.), landscape drawing & film composition. Also, Photoshop painting, composition for animation & film, and style development for animation.

I teach professional workshops for Dreamworks Animation, Blizzard Entertainment and other professional organizations as well as offering online courses through Drawing America.

– Will @willwestonstudio

Students may choose to work in Photoshop or Procreate. 

Student work by Alexandre Vandenabeele
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