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Drawing For Animation (Weekend)

Drawing For Animation (Weekend)

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Maryclare Foa


Animation studios call for prospective interns and employees to include life drawings, and imaginative narrative composition in their portfolios.

During the short course drawing sessions you will be encouraged to develop individual drawing skills, and directed to interpret physical attitude and character. You will also understand the actions of a figure in motion. During the field trip sessions you will watch and draw the figure in the environment, and witness how the type of environment can give atmosphere to a story and also affect the attitude of a character. You will be encouraged to gather material for compositional image and narrative ideas from the environment around you, and also to explore and develop you imaginative skills.

The drawing sessions in this short course address the following issues, important for animation today.

The Figure- the importance of the attitude and character
Studios want to see drawings that show the individuals understanding and awareness of form, motion, gesture, expression, character and physical attitude. Studios also want to see imaginative methods of shaping and revealing different characters through understanding of body language (physical attitude). Participants will undertake drawing exercises that heightened awareness of the subject (the model and the environment), and contribute to understanding of how to interpret and render a character, while also taking into consideration emotional and contextual influences.

The Context- the importance of place and atmosphere, the story, the viewpoint
Where an event or a situation takes place, changes that situation or event. And changing the atmosphere of a place helps to tell us about the character and about the type of story. The point of view (the viewpoint) also makes a big difference to the story and to the interpretation of the character- where something is viewed from changes how we interpret what we see, and places the audience in a particular position.

The Composition - the importance of visual impact and tension, scale.
How a composition is constructed; where and how things are placed within a frame, can enhance the tension and emotion of the action, and drive a narrative forward. An extreme close up can be threatening, while a view of a far corner of a room may reveal a sense of isolation or loneliness. Scale is important within the context and within the composition of the frame.

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Tutor Description

Maryclare Foa teaches life drawing on the MA Character Animation course at Central Saint Martins. She graduated from RCA in 1984 with the College's prize for drawing.   Since then, she has continued to draw, paint, illustrate, written stories and taught.   In 2011 Maryclare completed a PhD on drawing in response to the environment.


Please bring to the first session:

  • Masking tape (1” thick)
  • Pencils 2H, 2B, 4B, 6B, and 8B
  • Two A1 sheets of smooth white Cartridge paper
  • Eraser (not a putty rubber but a hard white rubber)
  • Sharpening knife
  • One small sketchpad

Available dates

If no dates are showing then please Enquire about this course and we will contact you when new dates are published.