All lessons are taught by Stephen Silver;

Character Designer of Kim Possible, Danny Phantom, Clerks the Animated Series and many more.






Attend guided art lessons taught by 30 year Industry Pro Stephen Silver. 

Improve your drawing skills, confidence, speed, and portfolio.

Get noticed as a professional artist. 

For beginner, intermediate and advanced students.




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


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


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



Art Talks

Listen to a variety of topics to help you grow

Streaming Lessons

Watch hours of updated 5 minute video tutorials


Connect with artists, share work for review, attend live sessions

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.

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


See what's included in the Silver Drawing Academy

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

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


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



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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 

SEPTEMBER 6th 2022

"This 8-week course has taught me a lot of aspects of character design and, among other things—stuff like form, shapes, silhouette (which is still tricky for me at times). The assignments didn't just help me with 2d. Aspects of these lessons have me better understand aspects of 3d (I'm a 3d artist).  Not only has this course helped me with my 2d and 3d skills throughout the course, but I also met incredible artists through the discord, meeting cool cats I wouldn't usually meet in my daily life. People around the world are either students, industry people, or casuals. Thank you, Stephen Silver, for the excellent 8-week course you've created! Going to keep practicing what you've taught me! "

 Frederick Brown/ Member


Self-Paced Character Design Program


Monthly Subscription / Cancel Anytime

  • 400+ video tutorials
  • 5 Live Zoom meetups monthly
  • New content added weekly
  • Learn from an industry pro
  • Live drawing sessions monthly
  • Daily drawing routines
  • Exercise sheets
  • Drawing drills
  • Learn at your own pace
  • Connect with the community
  • Weekly Art Talks
  • Great for beginners, intermediates, and professionals
  • Achieve faster results
Check out student reviews and gallery

Annual - Self-Paced Character Design Program

$299 (SAVE)

One Year Full Access / One time payment. Includes 1 on 1 meetup to discuss goals

  • Includes 1 on 1 meetup to discuss goals
  • 400+ video tutorials
  • 5 Live Zoom meetups monthly
  • New content added weekly
  • Learn from an industry pro
  • Live drawing sessions monthly
  • Daily drawing routines
  • Exercise sheets
  • Drawing drills
  • Learn at your own pace
  • Connect with the community
  • Weekly Art Talks
  • Great for beginners, intermediates, and professionals
  • Achieve faster results
Check out student reviews and gallery

Instructor-Led Fundamentals of Character Design - 8 Week Course


One-on-one critique sessions

  • Personal instruction
  • Weekly one-on-one meetups
  • 5 month access to lessons
  • Weekly Zoom community drawing meetups 
  • Recorded video critiques
  • Community access

Weekly Art Talks


Monthly Subscription

Join in the weekly series of videos to inspire, encourage and help guide you in attaining your goals. 

What you'll get:

  • Exclusive videos not on Youtube
  • Access to full archive of previous Art Talks
  • New Art Talk each Friday
  • Hours of knowledge
  • Motivation boosts
  • Career suggestions
  • Art business tips

Portfolio Review / Career Advice

$49 - $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     

Uninstructed Character Design 8 Week Course


All the information about this course is the same as the Instructor-Led course above. It DOES NOT include weekly 1 on 1 sessions. START AT ANY TIME, YEAR ROUND

  • Develop characters from start to finish
  • Developing concept ideas
  • Caricature
  • Drawing features
  • Clean up
  • Turnarounds
  • Posing characters
  • Expressions
  • Bonus assignments
  • Portfolio worthy artwork
  • Community Access

How is this different from the self paced Character Design Program? Learn more in the FAQ on the bottom of this page.

You can learn more about the program HERE

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