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I was an advertising illustrator for 19 years, with agents in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles before entering the entertainment field where I worked as a layout artist, background painter, and a visual development artist for Disney Feature and TV Animation, Nickelodeon Animation, and Sony Feature Animation.

I have an MFA in the studio arts from the Claremont Graduate University in California, and am now an Associate Professor at ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, CA. I presently teach for the Entertainment Arts Track in AC’s Illustration Department and in the Entertainment Design Department. I won ArtCenter’s Great Teacher Award in 2012, an award granted by student vote.

You can see images and clips from my lectures on my Instagram feed at: @willwestonstudio

Beyond ArtCenter I teach workshops internationally in figure drawing, costumed figure drawing, drawing on location (plants, architecture, furniture, vehicles, etc.), landscape drawing and and film composition. Also, Photoshop painting, Layout For Animation, Style Development for Animation.

In Los Angeles I teach workshops open to the public for the Animation Guild in Burbank and The Society of Illustrators LA, also professional workshops for Dreamworks Animation, and other professional organizations in Los Angeles by arrangement. In New York I currently offer workshops through Drawing New York.

Please feel free to contact me if you’re interested in booking a workshop. Again, to see how I approach classes and workshops follow this page or visit my Instagram feed; @willwestonstudio

Thank you.