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Will Weston

Weston teaches drawing and composition workshops for professional artists at DreamWorks Animation, Blizzard Entertainment and the Animation Union. He also conducts workshops across America and Europe.

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Will Weston Recorded Lectures and Classes
  • 6 Lessons

    Will Weston Composition Lecture

    Will Weston draws and discusses various compositional arrangements and strategies. This lecture is great for people interested in multi-figure paintings, film design, animation, and entertainment arts.
  • 12 Lessons

    Will Weston Costume Drawing

    This class contains an entire 2-hour video focused on various aspects of costume drawing.  It also includes about 2 hours of Will Weston's LiveStream Costume Drawing Lecture filmed on January 17th, 2020.
  • 7 Lessons

    Will Weston Drawing for Composition (recorded)

    This is a recorded version of Drawing for Composition, 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.
  • 9 Lessons

    Will Weston Figure Drawing Class

    Shot live on location in NYC this two-hour session begins with strategies for drawing the figure and then moves right into student pads, with Mr. Weston drawing over their work and explaining as he goes. Assignments included.
  • 12 Lessons

    Will Weston Figure Drawing Lecture

    <p>Three and half hours of Will Weston drawing a 40-foot drawing while discussing strategies for drawing the figure. This class was filmed live for Drawing New York in New York City.</p>
  • 7 Lessons

    Will Weston Mad Science Drawing Class

    This drawing workshop uses old submarine interiors, steam cars, tanks, pre WW1 flying machines, and 19th-century dental and medical equipment as references allowing drawing students to portray character-filled man-made lab equipment, creepy lab furniture, and environments. Students learn to draw everything using cylinders (pipes & pipe fittings), balls, boxes, wire, and ropes, all exaggerated for clarity and expression. Students then scale and design a cutaway for a Mad Scientists laboratory allowing for staging and potential layouts.
  • 6 Lessons

    Will Weston Composition Lecture

    Will Weston draws and discusses various compositional arrangements and strategies. This lecture is great for people interested in multi-figure paintings, film design, animation, and entertainment arts.
  • 12 Lessons

    Will Weston Costume Drawing

    This class contains an entire 2-hour video focused on various aspects of costume drawing.  It also includes about 2 hours of Will Weston's LiveStream Costume Drawing Lecture filmed on January 17th, 2020.
  • 7 Lessons

    Will Weston Drawing for Composition (recorded)

    This is a recorded version of Drawing for Composition, 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.
  • 9 Lessons

    Will Weston Figure Drawing Class

    Shot live on location in NYC this two-hour session begins with strategies for drawing the figure and then moves right into student pads, with Mr. Weston drawing over their work and explaining as he goes. Assignments included.
  • 12 Lessons

    Will Weston Figure Drawing Lecture

    <p>Three and half hours of Will Weston drawing a 40-foot drawing while discussing strategies for drawing the figure. This class was filmed live for Drawing New York in New York City.</p>
  • 7 Lessons

    Will Weston Mad Science Drawing Class

    This drawing workshop uses old submarine interiors, steam cars, tanks, pre WW1 flying machines, and 19th-century dental and medical equipment as references allowing drawing students to portray character-filled man-made lab equipment, creepy lab furniture, and environments. Students learn to draw everything using cylinders (pipes & pipe fittings), balls, boxes, wire, and ropes, all exaggerated for clarity and expression. Students then scale and design a cutaway for a Mad Scientists laboratory allowing for staging and potential layouts.

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.

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

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Todd

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

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Alesky

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.

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Rosanna

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!

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Giovanni

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

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Rebecca

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

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Ruesell - Drawing Instructor

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