$19.99 FIRST MONTH SPECIAL (promo-code SDA2023)




"Thank you for the wonderful opportunity of the session. I had a lot of fun and gained valuable insights into figure drawing techniques. As someone primarily working in CG VFX, I found the live session intriguing because it encouraged us to step away from screens and engage with pen and paper. I particularly enjoyed the welcoming and relaxed atmosphere of the session. I was initially concerned about potential criticism, but to my delight, everyone was having a great time. It was easy for me to merge into the group and participate. The layout you planned for the session was excellent, as it broke down the barriers between student and mentor. Overall, the session exuded a sense of fun and reminded me of the joy of drawing with friends in a park. It was a delightful experience, and I appreciate the opportunity to learn practical tips alongside the enjoyment." - Sergio Benavides

Learn more about it and purchase your seat in the link below.



Unlock Your Character Design Potential!

This online course is for artists of all levels who want to learn the fundamentals of character design. It offers step-by-step guidance and exclusive resources to help you create stunning characters quickly and easily, giving you a competitive edge in the industry.






 Join SDA for less than a dollar a day and drastically improve your skills!

Silver Drawing Academy is an online art school for Character design. Taught by 30 year industry pro Stephen Silver. Improve your designs quickly with easy to understand lessons. Improve your drawing skills, confidence, speed, and portfolio in under five minutes a day. Unlimited access to lessons with your subscription, or register for an eight week critiqued course, with one on one sessions with Stephen.


All lessons taught by Stephen Silver;


Character designer of Kim Possible, Danny Phantom, Clerks the animated series and more.


 For beginner, intermediate and advanced artists. 


Stephen Silver is a renowned character designer and artist who has worked on a wide range of animation, video game, and film projects. With over 26 years of experience in the industry, Stephen has developed a reputation as a master of character design and a skilled teacher. Through his work and his popular art school, Silver Drawing Academy, Stephen helps artists of all levels improve their character design skills and achieve their creative goals. Whether you're just starting out in character design or looking to take your skills to the next level, Stephen Silver is an excellent resource for learning and growing as an artist.


"I just joined 3 days ago and I already feel like I’m learning so much!" 


Student- Emma White




1. Select a membership type.

2. Access videos anytime from a variety of over 400 lessons.

3. Join in any of the 5 live zoom sessions each month.

4. Share your work and get critiqued in the worldwide community.

(Video lessons are under 5 minutes for concentrated learning)



"I am really learning a lot and gaining valuable information even early on to the program. It is so mind-blowing!" - Jeni Francisco/ Member


Bobby Pontillas • Grant Alexander • Alan Stewart • Mitch Leeuwe • Chris Ayres • Shaun Bryant • Will Terrell • John Jagusak • David Colman • Mark Mcdonnell • David Wolter • Justin Rodrigues • Cedric Hohnstadt • Jesse Aclin • and many more...



Watch lessons • Do the assignments • Share in the community • Get feedback

Program Description

The program was specially designed to introduce students to drawing, character design, gesture, caricature, and the business of art. Students will learn industry-standard techniques for producing top-notch character designs and get the tools they need to begin a flourishing art career. This proven program builds confidence while inspiring students with new ideas and daily drills to help them grow.

 The Silver Drawing Academy offers a number of benefits for artists, including:

Professional guidance and instruction from a seasoned artist and instructor

A comprehensive curriculum covering a range of topics and techniques in character design and drawing

Access to a community of fellow artists for support and feedback

Industry insights and knowledge about the animation and entertainment industry

By joining the Silver Drawing Academy, artists can improve their skills and knowledge, gain valuable insights into the industry, and connect with other artists. This can be a great way to take your art career to the next level and achieve your creative goals.


Program Objective

Upon successful completion of the program, you will be able to:

•  Push your ideas and poses
•  Gain insight into shape language
•  Create characters based off a description
•  Understand design fundamentals
•  Quick sketch from life
•  Break down and exaggerate the human face
•  Bring your characters to life using multiple techniques
•  Assemble an effective portfolio
•  Use new skills to become a studio or freelance artist
•  Utilize business strategies to create your own IPs


For Just $29 gain access to all the topics below

Take your character design skills to the next level and unlock your potential with these proven online lessons!

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Weekly Live Meetups

Join 5 live sessions each month to stay connected, motivated, and active. Ask me questions as we draw together.

"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 / Member
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Art Gym

Bulk up your skills with a daily drawing exercise routine. Art Gym provides the structure to fuel improvement. Use this drawing plan alongside the video lessons and witness your gains.

"Thank you so much for the critiques, it was so much help!, I already feel stronger about my skills."
- Dwayne Biddix / Member


Develop a creative mindset and learn how to organize a clear path to your art career goals during these encouraging and thought provoking sessions.

"Stephen gave me the tools to improve my drawings, lessons that I still use today."
- Bobby Pontillas / Art director
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Beginning Techniques

Whether you're a beginner or seasoned professional; this is a great place to start. Get an exciting refresher on the fundamentals.

"I definitely learned a lot in these lessons! The skull is so simple, yet has always been something I’ve struggled with and avoided. This broke it down in such a great, easy to understand way I feel like I could draw them no problem now!
- Phillip Rauschkolb / Member



Drawing Heads

Learn how to construct and draw the human head in a variety of styles, angles, and shapes

"I Love the fact that your site allows each lesson to be marked complete, It helps me organize the lessons I have already worked on."
- Erica Bey / Member
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Add life and energy to a range of poses. Discover how to observe and capture movement in any drawing you create. These techniques can be applied to animation, illustration, and more.

"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."
- Juana Mool / Member

Party Caricature

Sharpen your observation skills and learn how to break down a face, accurately capture likeness, and produce studio quality caricatures. Become equipped to take on freelance work.

"I've taken a lot of classes online for art throughout the years and these courses have progressed me more than all the other ones combined."
- Theodore Fergason / Member

The Silver Way Overview

Access video lessons reviewing the core principles of The Silver Way, one of the top ranked books on character design. Receive step by step breakdowns of concepts outlined in the text to reinforce what you’ve read.

"You Learn the ropes around art techniques, the art business as well as the right attitude for success."
- James Francis / Member


Developing Characters

Discover industry standards for character design; including clean-up, turnarounds, lineups, expression sheets, and more. Design an array of characters in different styles. Understand what you need to show potential clients in order to get work.

"The short video format works perfectly for me as a father of 2 daughters and a full time job."
- Ka Yin / Member
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Drawing Animals

Watch as I break down animal shapes and explain my methods. Learn how to find the character in references and explore different art styles as the course progresses.

"You've truly created something amazing and I was overwhelmed at the amount of high quality content on offer."
- David Woodgate
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Drawing Drills

Explore daily drawing drills specially designed to polish observation and drafting skills while boosting confidence.

"I've seen a huge improvement in skills and confidence."

- Josh Ohmes / Member
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Character Drawing Prompts

Do you struggle to come up with character ideas? This category will help by providing innumerable suggestions for you to draw.

"SDA is a valuable learning resource if you're looking for an online school that teaches easy to understand and practical lessons that you can apply instantly to improve your drawing skills ."
- Ahmed Sidky / Member
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Utilize our library of handpicked reference websites, drawing exercises, animation resources, and more.

"This site is filled with hundreds of short and positive drawing tutorial videos. It's great for busy people who may only have a few spare minutes per day to sketch."
- Matt Watts / Member




SAMPLE LESSON -Using Letters To Find Characters

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8 Week Instructor-Led Fundamentals Of Character Design Course

This is a separate program from the Character Design Program.

Next Semester Begins 

JANUARY 10th 2022

"This course has been one of the best investments I have ever made. Right from the end of week one I saw improvement in my drawing that has continued to progress over the course of the eight weeks that I have taken the class. I have learned a tremendous amount, seen my skills improve, and have been encouraged by taking this course. I highly recommend taking it to anyone who wants to learn character design or for designers, like me, who want to improve and be better at their craft."

Tad Butler/ Member


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Watch Individual Lessons

Unsure if you're ready to sign up for the monthly membership?

• Lessons are 1-2 hours

• Assignments included

• One time charge

• Lifetime access

• Beginner and Intermediate Levels


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