01.03.22 | Essence of the Pose – Gesture Drawing Online Course

It is our great pleasure to welcome back Niall Laverty for this online version of his very popular course, which will show the importance of gesture drawing for animation and look at capturing the essence of the pose to create expressive drawings. Each session will look at graphic and animation principles to create expressive drawings through lectures, demos and critiques.

About the Tutor

Niall Laverty has been teaching gesture drawing to animation and illustration students and professionals for over 15 years. He is a part-time lecturer at IADT and guest lecturer at Gobelins and The Animation Workshop, and has taught at the award-winning animation studios, Boulder Media, Brown Bag Films, and Kavaleer Productions.

9 Lines is dedicated to gesture drawing with examples of Niall’s work and from his workshops. He is a writer and illustrator with At it Again! who bring Irish literature to life with their pocket guide books and literally gifts.

Participant profile

The course is designed for students or professionals to develop their gesture drawing skills. The course is suitable for professionals and students of animation, illustration, fashion, comic book, and graphic storytelling.

Participants should have a previous life drawing experience.

Please note that applicants must have a current, valid address in the Republic of Ireland in order to take part in this course.

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Materials or software needed

Basic materials: paper, pencils. markers, charcoal. Participants will be notified of any other materials needed throughout the course.

Software: Good WiFi connection, the classes will be taking place on Zoom.

Dates and times

2 classes per week (1.5 hours each) x 5 weeks (15 hours total) Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30pm-8pm.

  • Week 1: March 1st & 3rd
  • Week 2: March 8th & 10th
  • No class: March 15th & 17th. 
  • Week 3: March 22nd & 24th
  • Week 4: March 29th & 31st
  • Week 5: April 5 & 7th