06.04.18 | One Day Figure Drawing for Animation with Richard Smitheman (The London School of Figure Drawing)

Being able to communicate ideas with emotion and clarity is critical for the animation artist and drawing is one of the most powerful tools we have at our disposal to do this. During this one day workshop we’ll explore the different aspects of how to communicate our ideas to the audience and give facility to our drawing. Some of the elements we’ll look at are…

Course Content: 

  • Gesture: The importance of, and different types of gesture, how to tell a story with our drawings and how aspects like body language and composition play a part in the story telling process.
  • Developing a solid drawing process: From a gesture through to the final drawing we’ll discuss a process to get consistent results when drawing from imagination or from life for Character Design and Animation. This will include looking at design language, transitional forms and foreshortening.
  • Articulation and Anatomy in Design: Understanding these concepts will help greatly at the Character design stage as we consider the entire process and how our decisions at this stage will effect modelling, rigging and animation.
  • Drawing from our imagination: Bringing it all together, we’ll look at how the principles we’ve explored can be applied in a practical and systematic way. This course will include drawing time with the model as we explore these ideas.

Participant Profile:

This course is aimed at graduates and animation professionals who are looking to develop their drawing skills. Participants should have previous life drawing experience.


Richard Smitheman has worked in the film industry for over twenty five years specializing in feature and television production. After his early years working at some of London’s top Animation studios Richard relocated to Los Angeles where he worked for studios including DreamWorks, Warner Bros and Disney. His work has bought him all over the world and given him an opportunity to share ideas and teach artists from a diverse range of backgrounds. In an interest to share the knowledge he has gained over the years, in 2017 Richard set up The London School of Figure Drawing in Covent Garden where he teaches Life Drawing & Anatomy and how it applies to Animation, Game Design and Fine Art. See https://londonfiguredrawing.co.uk/ for more information.

Date & Time:

Friday 6th April from 9.30am – 5pm.


Conference Room 3, Guinness Enterprise Centre, Taylors Lane, Dublin 8 (Directions and Map: http://gec.ie/get-in-touch/).


Members: 100 Euro

Non Members: 125 Euro

Application Procedure:

Please register and pay online here: http://animationskillnet.ie/event-registration/?ee=195

Deadline for Applications:

Friday, 30th March 2018

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