Thursday, 12 March 2020

Life Drawing Returns Today

Life drawing classes are returning to Escape Studios, starting today, Thursday 12th March. The class is taught by veteran animator and board artist Iliana Franklin.

Iliana, who teaches our MA in storyboarding and previsualisation, will be booking professional life models for life drawing classes once a week, so that our students can benefit from regular instruction.

Life drawing is still an important skill for our animators and storyboard artists. An understanding of human anatomy, and the ability to capture a pose or gesture in a few lines, is still a key skill - even in a digital world.

Fast sketches are useful, helping animators to make quick thumbnails to plan animation - a technique which hasn't changed since Disney's Golden Age. 

Where and when
Life Drawing with Iliana Franklin starts on Thursday 12th March in the basement at 190 High Holborn. The class is in Room B8 and lasts from 1pm to 6pm.

Thereafter it will take place once a week on Wednesdays from 1pm until 6pm (but check the times below) in Room B5 at 190 High Holborn. The dates confirmed so far are:

Thurs 12 March 1pm-6pm room B8
Wed 18 March 1pm-6pm room B5
Wed 25 March 1pm-4pm room B5

Wed 1 Apr 1pm-6pm room B5
Thur 2 April 6pm-9pm room B5
Wed 8 Apr 1pm-6pm room B5
Wed 15 April 1pm-6pm room B5
Thur 16 April 6pm-9 pm room B5
Wed 22 Apr 1pm-6pm room B5
Wed 29 Apr 1pm-6pm room B5

Wed 6th May 1pm-6pm room B5
Wed 13 May 1pm-6pm room B5
Wed 20 May 1pm-6pm room B5
Fri 22 May 6pm-9pm room B5

Iliana Franklin
Iliana Franklin
Iliana Franklin teaches our MA in Storyboarding and Previsualisation; she is an animation artist with many years of experience in the industry.

Storyboarding is a specialism within our industry which encompasses multiple skills, one of which is the ability to draw well.

Drawing skills are more or less essential for a good storyboard artist, even though new technology can help in many ways.

All are welcome

All of our students are welcome to attend (subject to space being available) - but make sure you contact Iliana first, so she has an idea of numbers. Iliana may also be able to run evening or Saturday sessions if there is enough interest from our students.

How to sign up
The class is free for all our students, but please let us know you are coming in advance. If you would like to attend, email Iliana at

Life drawing for animators and storyboard artists
An understanding of human anatomy, and the ability to capture a pose or gesture in a few lines, is still a very useful skill - even in a digital world.

Animators in particular benefit from being able to do quick "thumbnail" sketches, helping to plan animation efficiently in advance. We strongly recommend that our students take advantage of classes like this one.

Life Drawing Resources
For those who can't make our classes, don't forget that the Cartoon Museum also runs life drawing classes, a short walk from Escape Studios.

The Escape Studios Animation Blog offers a personal view on the art of animation and visual effects. To find out more about our new BA/MArt, now recruiting for September 2020, follow this link.   To apply, visit the offical page here

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