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Dynamic Sketching 1

An 8-week course utilizing observational drawing to understand how to see the world for the creation of design and illustration; develop strong foundation sketching skills through observation

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Course Overview

Observe life and communicate visually

Learn how to communicate visually through drawing principles and knowledge. Dynamic Sketching will enable you to approach the world around and begin to observe life. We will use observation as inspiration to begin your own designs. Design can be a daunting task at times and may take longer for others to master but with the dynamic sketching approach you will have stepping stones along the way. Dynamic Sketching 1 is a class designed to develop a foundation in basic drawing skills. Students will learn how to break down objects to their most simplistic forms. Using pen and toned paper, students will learn to build confidence in their line work.


Course Format:   Standard
Lecture Type:   Pre-recorded
Feedback:   Individual recordings
Duration:   8 weeks
Assignment:   Deadlines each week
Q&A:   Once a week
Materials:   Sketchbook with Brown paper Felt tip Pens (Faber-Castell Pens Sizes S, M, F, Graphik Sizes 0.5, Sharpie Pen Ultrafine, Wide Copic Marker, White Color Pencil, Uniball Signo White pen Sketchbook Paper Pencils Pens Brushes
Skills level:   Beginner
Prerequisites:   None

Dynamic Sketching 1 WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

What you'll learn

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Discover the importance of warming up your hand before drawing and sketching | Warm-up exercises including line control, line weight and efficiency | Materials review
Basic perspective exercises | Perspective & ellipse tips & tricks
Develop convincing volumes using organic forms and contour lines | Texture studies | Applying texture to the basic forms
Understanding basic lighting: learn how light interacts with and expresses form | Applying textures | Creating a focal point and having fun with arrows | How light behaves differently on different materials and textures
Learning to combine and manipulate the 5 forms to create believable volumes | Dissecting forms to create depth | Basic form analysis
Arboretum/garden trip (local parks, gardens, and plant nurseries are also acceptable) | Draw organic forms from observation at location and learn to break them into simple thumbnails | Understanding how to finish a drawing | Building visual vocabulary | Practicing everything we have been absorbing from the previous weeks but this time drawing by observation from life (the subject matter will be plants)
Taking what we learn from observation and transforming them into original concepts that can be used for the entertainment industry | Now that we have become more familiar with the shapes and forms of plants, we will apply what we have learned and use those observations as inspiration to design an environment, character, vehicle, prop, etc.
The importance of layout | Recap | A sneak peek at Dynamic Sketching 2

Your journey starts here

Patrick Ballesteros
Dzu Nguyen
Eugene Huang
Yves Yumol


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May 14, 2019 - Jul 23, 2019




July 21st!

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Employer Reimbursement

Animation Guild CSATTF

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Companies that hire our students

  • Naughty Dog
  • Luma Pictures
  • Google
  • EA Games
  • DreamWorks Animation
  • Blizzard Entertainment

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