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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, and am now a Professor at ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena. I teach in the Entertainment Arts and Entertainment Design programs. I won ArtCenter’s Great Teacher Award in 2012, an award granted by student vote.

See my lectures and student work on Instagram at: @willwestonstudio

Beyond ArtCenter 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.

In Los Angeles I teach public workshops at the Animation Guild and The Society of Illustrators LA (both list classes on their websites). I teach professional workshops for Dreamworks Animation, and other professional organizations in Los Angeles by arrangement.

In New York, my workshops are offered through Drawing New York.

Workshops are announced on my Instagram feed: @willwestonstudio  Turn on notifications to get all my posts.

Thank you, and please free to contact me if you’re interested in a workshop.

– Will