Life Drawing for Animators

life into your figure drawing 

course description

Want to push your life drawing abilities with an emphasis on the skills required for animators?

This short course with Christopher Clements will help you focus on energy, balance and movement. You will underpin this with attention to form and structure, but the primary focus will be on the force and energy animating the figure.

You will complete various exercises exploring ways to capture the essence of the figure. You will look for and analyse the rhythm of competing forces running through the human body in even the most relaxed states. There will also be exercises looking at repeated movements, to help you isolate and draw ‘key frames’ within the action.  

prior experince

Experience is good but not essential

equipment required

None required.

this course will be of interest to

This course is particularly suitable if you work in animation or games design, and want to improve your skill drawing skills. Our approach will also help anyone wanting to get more vitality into their figure drawing. It will particularly suit: animators; character designers; concept artists; illustrators; story board artists; fine artists; fashion designers      

course dates

This course runs for 6 weeks from Wednesday 5th February, and then every Wednesday evening until Wednesday 18th March, 6pm – 8.30pm.



course overview 

  • Day 1  – Weight, balance and the flow of energy
  • Day 2 – Proportion, masses and shapes
  • Day 3 – Rythym of force
  • Day 4 – Drama and movement
  • Day 5 – Key frames
  • Day 6 – Line weight and purpose


Christopher Clements studied Fine Art Painting before going on to spend nearly four years studying Classical drawing and painting in Italy. The emphasis on working from the figure during this time underpins his work and gave him a deep understanding of figure drawing. He founded Northern Realist Drawing & Painting in 2013, teaching short courses in portraiture, figure drawing and painting as well as classical techniques. He currently splits his time between lecturing in drawing at the University of Salford, Northern Realist and producing his own work. He has exhibited widely including with the Royal Society of Portrait Painters.


New Adelphi University Rd
Salford M5 4BR