Stephen Silver: The Art of Character Design and the Drawing Mindset at 1440 Multiversity

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The Art of Character Design and the Drawing Mindset

August 3 - 5, 2018

Friday - Sunday, 2 nights

All-inclusive program package to include:

<ul> <li>Tuition</li> <li>Three Meals in Kitchen Table (daily)</li> <li>Shared or Private Accommodations</li> <li>Signature classes and wellness offerings</li> </ul> <p>Please Note: All packages are priced per person. Should you elect a shared accommodation and community hall bath, 1440 will randomly pair you with a gender-specific roommate. Only private rooms have the option of a private bath.  1440 Multiversity is a smoke-free campus.</p>

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Program Description

There are three treasures to success in life: determination, passion, and desire. Living by these three rules, character designer Stephen Silver has carved a thriving career working for countless animation studios and teaching worldwide.

Be inspired and empowered by one of the most prolific character designers today as you learn the artistic and professional secrets of the industry directly from a master of animation and of the art of teaching drawing and the drawing mindset.

You will motivate the artist within you, develop a keen observing eye, learn how to design animated characters, and draw people from observation. You will engage in:

  • Drawing exercises and sketching people to develop and broaden your skills
  • Group discussions about the art journey to delve deeper into your practice and draw inspiration from others
  • Drawing hikes to hone your observation skills and challenge your drawing muscles with a variety of subjects
  • Meditation sessions to connect to your passion and ground your creative spirit.

You will discover your true artistic purpose, learn what it takes to become a full-time professional working artist, and acquire the skill set you need to design characters for any type of project. You will also take home any artwork you produce.

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  • Faculty Bio
    Stephen Silver

    Animated character designer and teacher

    Stephen Silver aspired to be a professional artist from a young age. He began his professional career in 1992 drawing caricatures at Sea World, in San Diego.

    He has since designed characters for Disney Television Animation, Sony Feature Animation, and Nickelodeon Animation, designing the style of shows such as Kim Possible, Danny Phantom, Kevin Smith’s Clerks: The Animated Series, and many more.

    Stephen is the author and artist of eight books on the art of sketching, character design, caricature, and life drawing. In addition to working freelance and giving lectures, he is the owner of Silver Drawing Academy, an art school located in Los Angeles, California. He also teaches two character design courses online at

    He shares art talk discussions weekly on his website, where he has created a place to inspire, encourage, and help guide listeners in attaining their goals. He discusses the business side of art as well as his philosophies and experiences, and gives people industry tips on how to improve their art.


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  • Why Attend
    • Learn from an industry-savvy professional who has worked for nearly every major animation studio, taught all over the world, and published eight books on art.

    • Be invigorated in a fun, dynamic learning environment packed to the brim with artistic knowledge and skills training.

    • Round out your professional skills and learn how to thrive as a full-time artist in today's changing animation world.

  • Things to Know/Schedule

    Program Schedule

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    None required.

    Experience Level

    None required.

    Things To Bring

    Drawing paper, pencils, 9×12 sketchbooks, and a backpack for your supplies

    Special Interest To

    Artists and anyone who wishes to make art a career

  • About 1440 Multiversity

    Beautifully nestled in the California redwoods near Santa Cruz, our 75-acre campus is within easy reach of San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

    1440 Multiversity is a place to spend time engaging some of life's most meaningful personal questions and to enjoy, restore, and reenergize yourself as you do it.

    You'll find new energy through immersion learning—setting aside daily urgencies and dedicating uninterrupted time to focus on important, but often elusive, priorities. Our unique collaboration with world-class faculty coupled with an original, inspirational curriculum and magnificent grounds make this a place like no other. Add in fresh, redwood-scented air, delicious and healthy food, deep reflection, fun exercise, and good sleep and you've pretty much captured what you'll experience here.

  • Accommodations

    At 1440 Multiversity, you’ll find a wide range of accommodations to meet your preferences and budget. All of our rooms have been thoughtfully designed to provide comfort, promote reflection, and foster connection with others.

    Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in.

    Per-person per-night rates include:

    • nourishing locally sourced, seasonal meals
    • daily meditation and yoga classes
    • non-ticketed evening events
    • use of all facilities, including the Fitness Center, steam rooms, and infinity-edge hot tub.

    Guests also enjoy access to woodland trails, cafés, and shops.


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