CHARACTER DESIGN TRAINING FOR ALL LEVELS OF ARTISTS.
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"I have been participating in these classes and they have been extremely helpful to me in loosening up my perfectionism and getting tons more design possibilities. I highly recommend Stephen's affordable drawing academy to anyone trying to improve their art, animation or character design skills."
- Matt Watts
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Includes daily exercises, worksheets, resources, and a supportive community to help you reach your goals.
Beginning Techniques • Drawing Heads • Caricature • Gestures • Developing Characters
Self Paced Journey With Short Form Learning Tutorials
Character Design • Caricature • Gesture
unlimited access to 400 + video tutorials. Includes daily exercises, worksheets, resources, and more.
This self paced journey is Designed to build your confidence, challenge you to try new approaches, increase your analyzation and observation skills to bring more life to your characters.
"I have to say your site and school provide some of the highest value of any drawing/artistic instructional site on the internet."
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.
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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
8 Week Character Design Course With Full Length Classes
Guided • Homework • Production
The 8 week course was created while I was in the thick of designing for the 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 monthly streaming 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. In this course you will work through developing a set of characters based off a character description that I will guide you in creating. You will be developing a character from start to finish, concepts, clean up, turnarounds, attitudes and expressions along with bonus assignments. This course will be giving you plenty of material to add to your portfolio.
8 Week Character design Course Outline
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
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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.
“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!
Character Designer / Film 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!"
Character Designer / Art Director
"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!"
Disney Feature Animation
“I have known Stephen Silver for many years. And in that time he 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.”
Character Designer / WB Animation
WHAT MEMBERS ARE SAYING ABOUT SDA
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
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