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Animal Drawing Workshop with David Colman

DavidColmanHeaderWe couldn’t be more excited to welcome back, acclaimed entertainment artist and animal-drawing expert David Colman!  This summer, he will once again lead his unique, two-day workshop focusing on understanding animal structure and drawing animals from life.

The goal of this workshop is to provide a strong foundation to build on and inform your artistic growth as you work on animal character designs, drawing animals from life, doing imaginative creature design, and drawing invented animal poses.

Here’s what Jessie Greenberg, a student last year, had to say: “David’s Animal Drawing Workshop was one of my artistic highlights of last summer! He provides a fun & fast paced learning atmosphere, gives informative group lectures, and still takes the time to look at each student’s in class work and provide personal feedback. I am impressed with how quickly he could acknowledge the problems I struggled with, and what fantastic solutions he presented to encourage my artistic growth. So many young artists struggle with approaching animal drawing, and David’s workshop is a great way to jump in if you’ve been nervous or looking for some help. He gives you a basic understanding of the skeletal structure, followed by a look at how we can implement those foundation skills into gesture drawings of live animals at the zoo. It makes for a fun and inspirational weekend workshop that I highly recommend for all animation or illustration students!”

On the first day of the workshop (June 1), we’ll meet at the Natural History Museum or the La Brea Tar Pits, where David will give a lecture on anatomy and skeletal structure, as well as key anatomical landmarks that will carry over when we’re drawing animals from life on the following day. Understanding skeletal structure, musculature, and being able to study and draw an animal from life are the essential elements that will later support “the fancy stuff”.  During the first day, there will be time for creating studies of the skeletons, as well as receiving one-on-one instruction from David.

On the second day (June 2), we’ll meet at the LA Zoo and be drawing animals from life in order to understand the unique set of problems and solutions presented when drawing an animal in motion. David will demo some animal drawing techniques, and we’ll study several different types of animals with a focus on capturing gesture and character.

– David would like to offer a student discount on select books and dvds for people enrolled in the class: all David Colman books are $12.50 and both instructional DVDs are 2 for $20.
– Motivarti would like to offer any enrolled student a free David Colman print.

Class size is limited to 15 students to ensure plenty of personalized attention.  Click here to find out more about the class and here to enroll.

About David
David Colman is an illustrator who has been working in the animation industry for 10 years. He is an Emmy-winning character designer, development artist, and story artist, and is currently an art director at Hasbro Animation Studios. He has worked for many clients such as Disney Feature Animation, Disney TV, Sony Pictures Animation, Sony Imageworks, Blue Sky Studios, Jim Henson, Hasbro, Cartoon Network, 20th Century Fox, Fox TV Animation, Imagemovers Digital, Technicolor and many others.

Beyond his work in the industry, David is widely known for his animal character work and has published 4 books, including The Art of Animal Character Design, David Colman’s Doodles Volume I and Volume II, and now his 4th title, Animal Character Design: Grizzly Bears. His publications have led to many classes, lectures, seminars and workshops. More recently, David has entered the private art market as part of both solo and group exhibitions, including a successful show in Paris in November 2010.

You can see more of David’s work online at and his daily blog,

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