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Figure Sketching for Animation

A 10-week-course where you develop the skills required to sketch figures for animation

Teacher Artwork by Mike Wiesmeier

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Teacher Artwork by Mike Wiesmeier

Figure Sketching for Animation

Animation is a simple yet powerful medium for expressing ideas and thoughts across all age groups. In this 10-week course, taught by master artist Mike Wiesmeier, you will develop the skills required to sketch figures for the fun-filled animation medium.


Through a series of lectures, demos, in-class exercises, and assignments, this course will help you understand essential principles, drawing methods, and storytelling techniques that are typically used in drawing for animation. You will gain the techniques required to represent the human form with depth and three-dimensionality so your sketches appear lively and dynamic.


By the end of this course, you will posses the observational and drawing abilities needed to convey your stories and ideas.


  • Course Type Online Animation Classes
  • Duration 10 weeks
  • Skill Level
    Level 2
    Level 2

    Second level classes are for students who have a good foundation in the basics of realistic drawing (such as perspective, proportion, shading and colour theory) and already know how to use Photoshop, but need more in-depth knowledge to create professional and complex artwork.

    This level is about expanding knowledge, strengthening skills, and transitioning to the world of concept art and illustration.

  • Language English

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Note: This class will be offered online only

Class Timings: Wednesdays from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT or UTC-4h)

Date of first class: January 11th

Duration: 10 weeks

If you are unable to attend the class during the times listed above, you will still have access to video recordings of the class lectures and will still receive personalized feedback from your instructor.



Skill requirements 

To enroll in this course you should have: 

  • A foundation in gesture drawing, including basic anatomy and proportions.
  • Ideally completed our Drawing the Human Form class or have equivalent practice/experience.

If you are unsure of your skill level, please contact [email protected] for additional guidance.


Language and age requirements

You should have at least intermediate level English to take this class. Please also note that Syn Studio’s classes are targeted towards adults and students should be 16 years or older to enroll.

Required Materials

You will be needing a sketchbook and pen/pencil for this course. You also have the option of using a laptop/tablet or desktop computer. Coursework may be done traditionally (with sketchbook, pens, etc.) or digitally (with a Wacom tablet, Photoshop, etc.)



Tech Requirements for Attending Syn Studio Online Classes

Minimum Requirements

  • A strong uninterrupted broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE) connection with a minimum 600kbps bandwidth (up/down).
  • A Laptop/Desktop computer equipped with a single core processor (at least 1 GHZ processing speed) or a smartphone/tablet with equivalent processing capabilities
  • Good speakers/earphones to listen to the classes
  • Browser - IE7+, Safari 5+, Firefox, Chrome
  • Operating System - Windows XP, Mac OS 10.6, Linux distro based on 3.0 kernel, Android 5.0, iOS 10


Syn Studio Recommendations

  • A strong uninterrupted broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE) connection with a minimum 1.5Mbps bandwidth (up/down). You can also connect to the internet directly using your ethernet cable to improve your experience.
  • Laptop/Desktop computer equipped with a dual core processor with at least 2 GHZ processing speed and a 4 GB RAM
  • High Quality speakers/earphones to listen to the classes
  • Browser & Operating System - We recommend using the latest version of the browser and operating system for an optimal online classroom experience.

Course Outline

*Please note that the following outline is subject to slight changes at the teacher’s discretion.

Weeks 1 and 2:

Introduction to gesture, storytelling, and essential animation principles. Learn how to observe and sketch from life and animation references.

Weeks 3 and 4:

Strengthen your proficiency in drawing the human body in correct proportions. Acquire the skills required to add simple drapery and clothing to your drawing so they appear more dynamic and powerful

Weeks 5 and 6:

Learn powerful stylization and gesture sketching techniques so you can represent movement and make your sketches more dynamic and eye-catching

Weeks 7 and 8:

Become proficient in sketching the face and adding gestures and expressions. 

Strengthen your line drawing and value shading techniques so you can add weight and depth to your art and make it more realistic.

Weeks 9 and 10: 

Learn the important figure sketching techniques and principles used by master Disney artists such as Heinrich Kley during their animation process. 

Apply all the skills you’ve learned to sketch figures for animation from observation and imagination.

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