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Will Weston at Drawing America

Will Weston Online Drawing Classes

Weston teaches drawing and composition workshops for professional artists at DreamWorks Animation and the Animation Union. He also conducts workshops in across America and Europe.  Recommended books by Will Weston

Will Weston Upcoming Live Classes
6 Lessons

Will Weston Composition for Animation and Film Late Fall 2020

This class builds on skills developed in Drawing for Composition and MAD SCIENCE (more drawing for composition). It extends our exploration into the development of layouts (composition) suitable for animation and film. Skills learned here are applicable to illustration, urban sketching, and landscape composition. Live Class Schedule (via Zoom) Nov 8, 15, 22, 29, & Dec 6, 13 Working from an instructor-provided story prompt, students spend 6 weeks learning to execute all stages of a composition's development, from initial storyboards and prop design through rough sketches and on to final the composition (layout). This is important because, professionally, every developmental stage is used in review processes that determine the future direction of a project. Everything, thumbnails to the final layout, must be clear and provide visual information needed for creative decision making. Students get two story prompts to choose from. That’s beneficial educationally because students will see a variety of solutions applied to the same problem. Story prompts change for each new 6-week class, so students can take the class 2 or 3 times if needed without repeating projects. For more advanced students, this is potentially a portfolio-building class. There are no requirements for this class, however, it assumes students enter with reasonable drawing skills. If in doubt, consider taking Drawing for Composition, or MAD SCIENCE (recommended in this order) first. Those courses prepare students for this one. Live Class Schedule (via Zoom) Nov. 8, 15, 22, 29, & Dec 6, 13. All classes meet 12:00 - 1:30 EST.

6 Lessons

Will Weston Drawing for Composition Late Fall 2020

Drawing for Composition is a 6-week class that I’ve taught in the US and in Europe. It gives students the object drawing skills needed to later excel at compositional techniques used by contemporary Illustrators, entertainment artists, and landscape artists. Students learn drawing methods that allow for differences in style, that cover a variety of objects, and allow students to draw anything they may encounter in reference photography or out in the world. Live Class Schedule (Zoom): Nov 7, 14, 21, 28, & Dec 5, 12. All classes from 2:30 - 4:00 EST. Replays available the next day.

6 Lessons

Will Weston Costume Drawing Late Fall 2020

Join Will Weston for a LIVE, in-depth 6-part class on Costume Drawing!

Will Weston Recorded Lectures and Classes
12 Lessons

Will Weston Costume Drawing

2-hour drawing session plus a 2-hour live lecture focused on costume drawing.

9 Lessons

Will Weston Figure Drawing Class

Shot live on location in NYC this two-hour session begins with strategies for drawing the figure.

6 Lessons

Will Weston Composition Lecture

This Lecture is great for multi-figure paintings, film design, animation, and entertainment arts.

12 Lessons

Will Weston Figure Drawing Lecture

This High-Quality Video is a live illustrated-lecture by artist and educator Will Weston filmed live in New York City for Drawing New York.

Will Westons Work

About Will Weston

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.

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 America.

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



Thanks a lot, I’m really getting a lot out of these videos. I keep watching them all over and over and they are helping me more than almost anything else has, I really appreciate it



I definitely learned a lot already. Holding the pencil the way Will Weston showed in the videos has helped me do construction and not push too hard as well.



Thank you very much for the demo. Greatly appreciate the clarity of explanation on the structure of the hip relating to the leg. Awesome teaching!



Drawing based on Will`s system for structuring the figure. It is sooooo helpful!!!



Brilliant. The images on Insta were a bit of a mystery so this has cleared them right up. So many ace tips!


Ruesell - Drawing Instructor

Extremely informative and clear videos indeed. Thanks Will. I pass on the drawing techniques to my drawing students.