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Bodies in motion, bodies at rest… an understanding of the structure and movement of the human body is one of the most useful elements in the toolkit of animators, cartoonists - and anyone creating imagined or narrative artworks.

This week-long workshop is intended first and foremost with future animators in mind. Working with life models, we will focus on the most important elements of simplified body structure. Poses will be short, and our emphasis will be on describing body forms dynamically - through gesture drawing and  fast contour drawing. Ways to work through drawing challenges -  including proportion and foreshortening will also be covered, as well as tips and strategies for challenging forms like heads and hands. Exercises to stimulate your storytelling imagination will also be included.

Instruction will consist of short demonstration drawings, handouts - and lots of drawing time.  Work produced in this workshop will be appropriate for building a stronger portfolio for anyone seeking to apply to animation programs.

This course is co-taught by Faculty Members Thomas Hendry, Megan Williams, and Enzo Avolio.
Megan Williams and Thomas Hendry have many years experience teaching first year college students at Sheridan College life drawing and portfolio preparation skills to apply to Animation and Game Design programs  in the Toronto area. Enzo Avolio is a seasoned Animator and Character Designer with studio production credits for both Warner Bros. and Disney. He has been teaching Character Design in the BA Animation program at Sheridan for several years.

1 week intensives: Base Tuition: $422 + Lab Fee: $110 = Total: $532

Notes: 1-hour lunch break each day. Students will draw from a life model; model will wear athletic attire.
* This course is not currently open for registration

What you will learn

  • Day 1 : Orientation, materials, etc. Focus on gesture drawing, and body mechanics
  • Day 2 : Simple body forms, torso and legs, simple heads, proportion basics
  • Day 3 : Final Life Drawing Day : faces, hands, balance. Guest artist today will discuss storyboarding and her animation project in development. 
  • Day 4 : Character Design: Design your own character with an experienced animation model and a guest artist from Sheridan's Animation Program.
  • Day 5 : Flip Book : Bring your character to life in the construction of a flip book with . 

Materials to Bring

All materials provided.