SDA offers Character Design lessons for all levels of artists.
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30 year industry pro Stephen Silver. Designer of Disney's Kim Possible, Nickelodeon's Danny Phantom and many more.
Sign Up For This Proven Character Design Course To IMPROVE Your Skills, BUILD Your Confidence, EXPERIENCE New Techniques, CREATE a Strong Portfolio and GET NOTICEDSAMPLE A LESSON TODAY
"Thank you so much for pushing' me to try harder Stephen, I really do appreciate it. I always think I have gone as far as I can and done my best but I go back after your feedback and see how and where I can push some more. I really appreciate what I am learning in these classes, from feedback and from others in the group." - Janet Trotta
"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 suppoprtive community to help you reach your goals.
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Give me 10 minutes a day to go from an OK artist to a GREAT artist
Character Design • Caricature • Gesture
8 week Character Design Course with full length classes
Guided • Homework • Production
JOIN IN ON 6 LIVE ZOOM SESSIONS MONTHLY
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
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.
WORKSHEETS INCLUDED WITH EACH LESSON
Watch the lesson, do the assignment, share your results for feedback.
🔴 Drawing Drills
🔴 Draw Alongs
🔴 Daily Exercises
🔴 Gesture exercises
🔴 Caricature Exercises
🔴 Goal Checklists
“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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