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Design Your Own Animated Characters

Drawing Through Observation

1440 Multiversity 800 Bethany Drive Scotts Valley,CA 95066

There are three treasures to success in life: determination, passion, and desire. Living by these three rules, character designer Stephen Silver has carved a thriving career working for countless animation studios and teaching worldwide.

Be inspired and empowered by one of the most prolific character designers today as you learn the artistic and professional secrets of the industry directly from a master of animation and of the art of teaching drawing and the drawing mindset.

You will motivate the artist within you, develop a keen observing eye, learn how to design animated characters, and draw people from observation. You will engage in:

  • Drawing exercises and sketching people to develop and broaden your skills
  • Group discussions about the art journey to delve deeper into your practice and draw inspiration from others
  • Drawing hikes to hone your observation skills and challenge your drawing muscles with a variety of subjects
  • Meditation sessions to connect to your passion and ground your creative spirit.

You will discover your true artistic purpose, learn what it takes to become a full-time professional working artist, and acquire the skill set you need to design characters for any type of project. You will also take home any artwork you produce.

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Stephen Silver

November 24-26, 2017
Friday-Sunday, 2 nights

$325 Tuition

Plus 2 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately below.

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Program Description

There are three treasures to success in life: determination, passion, and desire. Living by these three rules, character designer Stephen Silver has carved a thriving career working for countless animation studios and teaching worldwide.

Be inspired and empowered by one of the most prolific character designers today as you learn the artistic and professional secrets of the industry directly from a master of animation and of the art of teaching drawing and the drawing mindset.

You will motivate the artist within you, develop a keen observing eye, learn how to design animated characters, and draw people from observation. You will engage in:

  • Drawing exercises and sketching people to develop and broaden your skills
  • Group discussions about the art journey to delve deeper into your practice and draw inspiration from others
  • Drawing hikes to hone your observation skills and challenge your drawing muscles with a variety of subjects
  • Meditation sessions to connect to your passion and ground your creative spirit.

You will discover your true artistic purpose, learn what it takes to become a full-time professional working artist, and acquire the skill set you need to design characters for any type of project. You will also take home any artwork you produce.

Faculty Bio

Why Attend

  • Learn from an industry-savvy professional who has worked for nearly every major animation studio, taught all over the world, and published eight books on art.

  • Be invigorated in a fun, dynamic learning environment packed to the brim with artistic knowledge and skills training.

  • Round out your professional skills and learn how to thrive as a full-time artist in today’s changing animation world.

Things to Know

  • Program Schedule

    Download a sample schedule.

  • Prerequisites

    None required.

  • Experience Level

    None required.

  • Things to Bring

    Drawing paper, pencils, 9×12 sketchbooks, and a backpack for your supplies

  • Special Interest to

    Artists and anyone who wishes to make art a career

Accommodations

Suites
Spacious rooms with additional seating and special touches.
From $330 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Traditional Double
Tastefully designed rooms with a range of bed sizes.
From $190 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Standard Single
Affordable solo comfort with a shared hall bathroom.**
From $175.

Standard Double
Affordable comfort with a hall bathroom.
From $160 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Pods
Modern, Asian-style sleeping space for 8 with twin beds.
Available for booking in Fall 2017.
From $140 per person per night.*

Commuter Pass
Register for a program without spending the night. Includes all meals + use of campus amenities. Limited availability.
From $95 per program night.***

Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in. Per-person per-night rates include:

  • nourishing farm-to-table meals
  • daily meditation and yoga classes
  • non-ticketed evening events
  • use of all facilities, including the fitness center, steam rooms, and whirlpool.

Guests also enjoy access woodland trails, and enjoy cafés, shops, and evening programs.

*Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. There is an additional charge to book a room privately.
**Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. Limited availability.
***Plus tax. A program night starts upon check-in and goes through lunchtime of the following day (roughly 24 hrs).

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