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Animal Drawing

An 8-week course focused on understanding and illustrating animals by breaking down animal anatomy to its simplest forms and shapes

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Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
8 weeks
Materials:
Photoshop (or equivalent), OR sketchbook, paper, pencils, pens, brushes
Lecture Type:
Pre-recorded
Assignment:
Due each week. Expect to spend 8-10 hrs/wk viewing lectures, q&a, and time on assignments.
Skills Level:
Beginner to Intermediate
Feedback:
Individual recordings
Q&A:
Once a week
Prerequisites:
Good drawing foundation or analytical figure drawing
Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
8 weeks
Materials:
Photoshop (or equivalent), OR sketchbook, paper, pencils, pens, brushes
Lecture Type:
Pre-recorded
Assignment:
Due each week. Expect to spend 8-10 hrs/wk viewing lectures, q&a, and time on assignments.
Skills Level:
Beginner to Intermediate
Feedback:
Individual recordings
Q&A:
Once a week
Prerequisites:
Good drawing foundation or analytical figure drawing
Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
8 weeks
Materials:
Photoshop (or equivalent), OR sketchbook, paper, pencils, pens, brushes
Lecture Type:
Pre-recorded
Assignment:
Due each week. Expect to spend 8-10 hrs/wk viewing lectures, q&a, and time on assignments.
Skills Level:
Beginner to Intermediate
Feedback:
Individual recordings
Q&A:
Once a week
Prerequisites:
Good drawing foundation or analytical figure drawing
COURSE OVERVIEW
COURSE OVERVIEW
Course Trailer
WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
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Week 1 | Basics of Animal Structure

Introduction to structure: how animals are built | Understanding form | Gesture | Shape & bony landmarks in equine & bovine forms

Week 2 | Unguligrade Skeleton (Equine & Bovine), Continued

Introduction to the skeleton: movement & limitations of the joints | Balance & proportions | Learn how to take the complex skeleton and simplify it to basic shapes to have a manageable way to better understand how the skeleton of the animal functions and moves

Week 3 | Unguligrade Construction Shapes & Muscles (Equine & Bovine)

Form and form direction | Filling out structure and surface form with muscle and deep tissue masses

Week 4 | Digitigrade Skeleton (Canine & Feline)

Breaking down the forms into simple shapes | Familiarize yourself with skeletal landmarks and shapes of the animals covered in this week | Study from photos and life if possible

Week 5 | Digitigrade Construction Shapes & Muscles (Canine & Feline)

Understanding the construction of basic shapes & muscle structures within them | Construct your animal drawings as you put together skeletal structure with muscle forms and shapes on top | Focus on understanding the foundation of the animal through skeleton and construction drawings before adding muscles

Week 6 | Bony Fish, Sharks, & Reptiles

Construction shapes | Skeleton & muscle overviews | In-depth look at how aquatic animals function

Week 7 | Birds

Construction shapes | Skeleton & muscle overview | Wing feather groups | Beaks | Folding & unfolding of the wings

Week 8 | Prehistoric Life and Rendering

Bird hipped | Lizard hipped | Construction shapes | Muscle & skeleton overview | Rendering techniques for coloring & finalizing animal drawings

Animal Drawing
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
Instructor

Bringing out the best in talent

Mike Wiesmeier has been working in the animation industry since 1991. Mike’s production work has included interactive, commercial, games, and feature animation projects, including six features at Walt Disney Feature Animation, work as a supervisor on a traditionally animated feature film in Barcelona, Spain, and most recently on a AAA game, interactive theme park ride, and Netflix series projects in Montréal.

Mike’s teaching career began while working at Walt Disney Feature Animation. In the years since he has taught animation, life drawing, animal drawing, and figure sculpture at institutions worldwide including The Art Institutes of California, The Getty Center museum, The Huntington Library, Gnomon School of Visual Effects, Syn Studio École d’Art in Montréal, and Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, Italy.

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Ian Froud

Very enthusiastic and engaging. Listening to her lectures and her live Q&A was always a pleasure.

Alyssa Veysey

Shannon was very informative and engaged in everyone’s work with wonderful feedback.

Cody Rose

Very knowledgeable of the content taught within the class. Great at clearly conveying ideas and concepts to the students, even without direct contact or interaction during the lectures.

Eric Ng

Awesome instructor! She’s really nice and even takes the extra time to post additional resources. Also quite patient and understanding.

Antonio Díaz

Shannon is a wonderful person and teacher. Her love for her craft does nothing but inspire to be better and I will ALWAYS be thankful to her for that!

Tyler Bourne

Shannon goes above and beyond. She visibly puts more time, effort and energy into each student’s work and critique than anyone else. Her critique and QAs are always lengthy (in a good way), she explains things in simple terms, and she is constantly sharing resources, whether on the forums or in the QAs or your critiques. Her caring and commitment to her students shows through in all she does.

Lucy Simpson

Shannon is not only a dedicated artist, but a dedicated teacher as well. She has a genuine passion for her subject and is excellent at communicating everything back to the fundamentals of perspective and line. While critical, she is always helpful and positive no matter a student’s skill level. She answers questions promptly and with good information and kindness. She has been the most essential art teacher I have ever learned from

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