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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
7 Lessons

Digital Painting for Photoshop (or Procreate)

Digital Painting is an excellent precursor to Style Development, the next class in the entertainment program at Drawing America.

7 Lessons

Weston: Mad Science (Winter)

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.

7 Lessons

Will Weston Figure Drawing Winter 2021

In this 6-week (7 lesson) workshop, students will learn basic figure construction and then proceed through the figure focusing more in-depth on human anatomy.

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

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.