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CHARACTER DESIGN LESSONS FOR ALL LEVELS OF ARTISTS.

 

Get professional training, mentorship, and support from 30 year industry pro Stephen Silver. Designer of Disney's Kim Possible, Nickelodeon's Danny Phantom and many more.

 

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Get unlimited access to 400 + video tutorials!

Includes daily exercises, worksheets, resources, and a supportive community to help you reach your goals. 

All The Tools You Need To Be A Successful Character Designer

Beginning Techniques • Drawing Heads • Caricature • Gesture • Drawing Animals • Developing Characters and much more.

THE ACADEMY WILL HELP YOU:

 

Push Your ideas and help you discover new methods of drawing.

Help you identify where you need to focus your attention in order to improve.

Show you what is required in order to get your artwork to a professional level.

 

Connect with like minded artists and help guide you in networking.

 

"I want to thank you for all the amazing work that you are putting into SDA, it's been really a great experience for me and I have definitely seen an improvement in my work."

- Diana Luna 

 Unlimited Art Lessons

5 minute daily drawing Lessons

Character Design • Caricature • Gesture

Unlimited access to 400 + video tutorials. Includes daily exercises, worksheets, resources, and more.

Learn the secrets of the trade through this self paced journey that is designed to build your confidence, challenge you to try new approaches, and increase your analyzation and observation skills in order to help you design your own characters and to bring more life to your work.

 "I have to say your site and school provide some of the highest value of any drawing/artistic instructional site on the internet."

David Woodgate

 

  Art Talks 

Weekly Videos To Help You Succeed As An Artist

Purpose • Confidence • Motivation

Listen each week as a new Art Talk is added. My Art Talks have been created in order to inspire, encourage and help guide you in attaining your goals. I share my philosophies and experiences, give industry tips on how to improve your art, as well as discuss the business of art. 

 

Community 

Meet People, Share Artwork And Get Advice.

Draw Jams • Artists Anonymous • Q&A

Join in on conversations and participate in weekly virtual meetups and live worldwide drawing sessions. Be a part of the online forum where you can share your personal growth and have valuable discussions with fellow artists.

 "I was drifting to negativity. Self negative talk. It was all becoming very overwhelming. It was going on loop in my mind. Maybe I was losing hope too. But attending today's talk, that one hour of positive talk really pulled me out of it." - Tanu

 

Character Design Course

With Full Length Classes

Guided • Homework • Production

The fundamentals of Character Design Course was created while I was in the thick of designing for the animation studios as an in house artist and has trained hundreds of artists many of which are now working in the industry. It is a separate program from the Unlimited Art Lessons with longer form videos and is guided all the way through. It's a course designed to walk you through the Character Design pipeline process to mimic what you would do in an animation studio environment as I had done for many years.  

 

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JOIN IN ON 6 LIVE ZOOM SESSIONS MONTHLY

This helps with accountability, motivation and continued learning.

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Studios I've Designed For

MEET STEPHEN SILVER

30 year industry pro Stephen Silver designer of Disney's Kim Possible, Nickelodeon's Danny Phantom and many more, will teach you the skills you need to be a successful Character Designer.

Born in London, England and now residing in Los Angeles with his wife and two kids, Stephen Silver has been a professional working artist, character designer and teacher in the industry for over 30 years developing intellectual properties for some of the largest companies in the world such as, Disney, Warner Bros, Nickelodeon, Sony, MAD Magazine, Reel FX, Bento box, Hasbro, Universal, DreamWorks and more. 

 

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Erica Bey

 

"The lessons are laid out with a short instructional followed by assignment that reinforces what is being taught. I also love the fact that your site allows each lesson to be marked complete because even though I will be revisiting the ones I have marked complete it helps me organize what lessons I have already done/worked on. I also really enjoy the amount of time Stephen spends reviewing and looking at everyone’s assignments."

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David Woodgate

 

"First and foremost, I have to say your site and school provide some of the highest value of any drawing/artistic instructional site on the internet. You've truly created something amazing and I was overwhelmed at the amount of high quality content on offer."

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James Francis

 

"This is a fantastic site. You learn the ropes around art techniques, the art business as well as the right attitude for success. The lessons range from beginner to things even pros must know, especially around character design. The community is great and Stephen is always there, encouraging and guiding us. I'm so happy this academy exists."

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Juana Mool

 

"I joined the Silver Drawing Academy a month ago or so, last week I watched a 4 minute lesson and after it, I was able to focus on the right things and catch the feeling of a pose for the first time in my life (I think), it also helped me to push things (which is something I struggle with). In a matter of seconds my drawings changed dramatically for the better, it’s pretty insane. Go join if you can is worth every single penny."

 

Bobby Pontillas

 Character Designer / Film Director
 
 
“Taking a course with Stephen on character design changed the way I approached drawing characters. He taught me so much about the art of caricature which is the foundation for my design work. Stephen gave me the tools to improve my drawings, lessons that I still use to this day. He supported my tastes and instincts - never imposing a drawing style onto my work, but taking what I had and elevating it. I'll always point to my time with Stephen as an eye-opening breakthrough for how I design, you will not find a more passionate artist in the industry!
 

 

 

Alan Stewart

Character Designer / Art Director

 
 
"I have been a character designer for the last 10 years, and I feel I owe stephen silver my gratitude. The courses I took from him really helped launch my career as a designer. I have never been a “school guy” but any course stephen is teaching, I would like to take. The truth is, I get asked often by young artists what courses they should take for character design, and for years I have been recommending stephen silvers courses. ... if you’re reading this, just take the course already!"
 

 

 

 

 

Tim Ingersol 

Disney Feature Animation / Animator

 

 

"I swear, I learned more from Stephen Silver than I did at CalArts and years of being a professional animator at Disney and DreamWorks. I can be creative ANYTIME I want now. Thanks to Mr. Silver!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Will Terrell

Character Designer / WB Animation

 
 
“Stephen Silver has always been an incredible teacher, sharing lessons from afar, unveiling the mysteries of cartooning and animation. But it wasn’t till getting to take his classes, at first online, and then in person, that I was truly able to level up as far as character design is concerned. He not only was able to explain the process, but also the thinking you need as a professional to be able to work in the industry. But my favorite part of Stephen Silver’s lessons is that he always seems to care more about the person, and wants us not only to be good artists, but to be our best selves. And that’s something you can’t put a price on.”

 

 

"I admire Stephen Silver’s art very much and when I found out about the SDA I was super hyped. And I can truly say that what I found here exceeded my expectations and that I’m enjoying like a kid - from every lesson to every talk session. I think is very sincere and that nobody teaches as he does." - Jonathan Garbet

 

Unlimited Art Lessons

$27.99

PER MONTH / CANCEL ANYTIME

  • Over 400 video tutorials
  • 6 Live Zoom meetups monthly
  • New content added weekly
  • Learn from an industry pro
  • Monthly Live Drawing Sessions
  • Daily drawing routines
  • Exercise sheets
  • Drawing drills
  • Learn at your own pace
  • Connect with the community
  • Weekly Motivational Talks
  • Great for beginners, intermediates, and professionals
  • Achieve faster results
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Unlimited Art Lessons

$200

ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP

BEST VALUE: 

Save $135 

  • Over 400 video tutorials
  • 6 Live Zoom meetups monthly
  • New content added weekly
  • Learn from an industry pro
  • Monthly Live Drawing Sessions
  • Daily drawing routines
  • Exercise sheets
  • Drawing drills
  • Learn at your own pace
  • Connect with the community
  • Weekly Motivational Talks
  • Great for beginners, intermediates, and professionals
  • Achieve faster results
GET STARTED

Character Design Course

$297

ONE YEAR ACCESS • ONE TIME PAYMENT

 

  • 6 Live Zoom meetups monthly
  • Drawing drills
  • Assignments
  • Learn at your own pace
  • Connect with the community
  • Great for beginners, intermediates, and professionals
  • Learn from an industry pro
  • This Character Design Course includes access to SDA Community and over 60 Live Zoom meetups for continued learning.

    How is this different from the Daily Art Lessons membership? Learn more in the FAQ on the bottom of the page

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Weekly Art Talks

$4.99

PER MONTH / CANCEL ANYTIME

  • Exclusive videos not on Youtube
  • Access to full archive 
  • New Art Talks each Friday
  • Hours of knowledge
  • Motivation boosts
  • Career advice
  • Art business tips
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Portfolio Review

$99

30 minute private session

  • Sign up for a personalized one-on-one session. 
  • Learn what to develop further
  • Get a creative nudge
  • exercise recommendations
  • Portfolio review
  • Help in identifying your weaknesses
  • Draw over reviews
  • Recorded and sent to you
  • Critical analyzation of your work
  • Create a strategic plan for your goals
  • Accountability 
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Gift A Membership

Do you know an artist who is:

• Getting started in art?

• Seeking to improve their skills?

• Trying to find an artistic direction?

• Enthusiastic about drawing?

This platform is the best investment and gift to any artists at any level. Simply register for the gift and receive the personal login information to forward on to your artist. One login per subscription.

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Frequently Asked Questions

If you don't see a question you would like answerd, please email Stephen directly at [email protected]

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