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Will Weston Lighting Your Figure Drawing Summer 2022

Will Weston
Lightin Your Figure Drawing Summer 2022

Live Class Schedule (Zoom): June 4, 11,18, 23, and July 9, 16

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In this class we build on what we started in the last line based figure drawing class. As in all my figure classes students learn figure proportion, gesture, basic anatomy and volumetric figure construction. In this class the completion stage is figure lighting.

Students will learn figure lighting as used in most figure classes, and additionally, how to address lighting conditions not usually covered in figure classes. We also address the use of psychological lighting for narrative purposes.

Students may work in a variety of drawing/painting methods. I will demonstrate by adding lighting to the line-dominant method we studied in the last class. This method is practical, commonly used in the entertainment field today, allows for differences in style and finish qualities, and supports the planning stages of larger projects like movies or graphic novels.

Students get materials supporting the class subject allowing further independent study at the end of the workshop. To view demos & student work, visit: @WillWestonStudio on Instagram

Live Class Schedule (Zoom): June 4, 11,18, 23, and July 9, 16th. All classes take place from 12:00 – 1:30 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, Procreate or any drawing medium they prefer. 

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