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Will Weston Prop Drawing and Design Summer 2022

Will Weston
Prop Drawing and Design

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

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6 Live Classes




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Prop Drawing & Design is an essential foundational class that will enhance student abilities in all of my later classes.

This is an object drawing class. Props are the many objects adorning sets in animation and film, and there’s more to drawing and using them then initially meets the eye. Props must be well drawn and with style while serving both design and story needs.

In this class students learn to draw a variety of objects with dimension and stylistic variety very well. In addition students learn how to use props effectively. They learn to arrange props in groups, how props direct the eye in pictures, and how they help to establish depth in a composition.

Prop Drawing & Design is basic because we focus on drawing skills primarily, and is an essential class because all environments are made from props that solve a variety of composition and story needs.

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

Live Class Schedule (Zoom): June 4, 11, 18, 23, and July 9, 16th. All classes take place from 2:30 – 4:00 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, Procreate or any drawing medium they prefer. 

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