Figure Drawing & Anatomy

Will Weston

Learn to draw the human figure from various angles with confidence.

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About Figure Drawing

Time & Location

May 05 - May 08, 2022

Graz, Austria

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Key Info

  • 4-day intensive workshop

  • life drawing with models

  • personal feedback

  • only 20 spots available

Description

This workshop teaches simple and accurate figure drawing methods that  suit today’s modern educational (and professional) environment where students have to learn more in a short period of time. It is updated from classical drawing traditions, but is easier to grasp in the beginning and can be more quickly learned.

 

The techniques learned in this workshop can be applied to animation, graphic novels, children’s books, game design, or character design. 

 

The approach also allows students to address figure composition more easily, and assumes students will soon want to draw figures in motion, composed in groups, and as part of a narrative story.

 

The workshop is based on courses Will developed  for professionals at DreamWorks’ TV and Feature Animation, Blizzard Entertainment, for the Art Directors and Animation Guilds in LA, the Society of Illustrators in LA, and in college classrooms.

Personal Feedback

Every student gets personal feedback from Will. You can show him your drawings and he will talk to you individually and give you tips on how to improve. If you have questions throughout the class, you can ask him any time. If you have specific requests for a demo, he will try his best to incorporate that too. 

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Core Principles

This is a structural figure-drawing class that views figure drawing as a component part of larger art ambitions. Students learn an easy to use drawing process that is combined with design concepts discussed in class, allowing them to draw figures with confidence and tell stories with their characters. 

What You'll Learn
  • Figure proportions

  • drawing concepts and practices, 

  • figure construction techniques, 

  • gesture drawing, 

  • anatomy for artists, 

  • lighting, 

  • the components of narrative composition, and figure composition techniques.

Prerequisites
  • 18 years of age

  • Basic drawing experience is recommended, but beginners will be fine. 

  • Will Weston starts at the very beginning with basic proportions and progresses from there. 

  • Though the course has an overall agenda, Will teaches students individually in class and adjusts his instruction to suit the level of each student.

(Preliminary) Material List

You may draw digitally or traditionally!

 

Digital:

  • Drawing tablet (iPad, Cintiq etc.)

  • Drawing pen

 

Traditional:

  • Drawing Board about 11” X 17” = A3 (optional)

  • Spiral bound pad of 11” X 14” = A3 white sketch paper

  • 10% cool gray alcohol marker

  • Prismacolor or Polychromos pencils in black 

  • A pencil sharpener with a catch basin for shavings.

About the Instructor

Will Weston had a long career in illustration before entering the animation field, where he worked for Disney Feature Animation, Disney TV Animation, Warner Bros. Animation, Nickelodeon Animation and Sony Feature Animation. He left the animation field 13 years ago to help develop the very successful Entertainment Arts program at ArtCenter in Pasadena, CA, where he used to teach figure drawing and costumed figure drawing, drawing for composition, composition for film, digital painting and style development for feature animation and games. 


Will currently lectures and teaches professional workshops for DreamWorks Animation and other professional organizations in Los Angeles. His recent public workshops have been in Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Copenhagen, and now Graz, Austria for Carbon Black Workshops. To see examples of Will Weston’s teaching methods and a sampling of excellent student work, scroll through @willwestonstudio on Instagram.

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Extracurricular Activities

We organise breakfasts and dinners in a cosy atmosphere that allow you to get to know your fellow students. Details will be announced on site and shortly before the start of the workshop. Joining is not a must, but everyone is welcome to hang out. 

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Schedule

This schedule is subject to change.

Workshop

9:00 - 13:00

Lunch Break

13:00 - 14:30

Workshop

14:30 - 18:30

Covid Safety Regulations

The following regulations are based on the laws and guidelines of the Austrian government. 

As of March 25:

  • FFP2-Masks are not mandatory for this small workshop, but you are free to wear them.

  • Antigen or PCR tests are not required, but test results can be submitted on a voluntary basis. 

  • Travel regulations can be found here

 

 

We will update these rules regularly. Participants will be informed about the latest changes via email.

Last update: March 24, 2022.

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Travel Advice

Graz ist the second largest city of Austria. It is known for its beautiful old town and great local cuisine and is a UNESCO City of Design since 2011. It is home to several large universities and has a rich cultural and literary history.