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The Youssef Drawing Syllabus.  The book covering the figure drawing program taught to animation industry artists.
The Youssef Drawing Syllabus.  The book covering the figure drawing program taught to animation industry artists.
The Youssef Drawing Syllabus. The book covering the figure drawing program taught to animation industry artists.
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It's so exciting to have reached the goal to print the book for those that backed it so far! Thank you for your support! It's been great that everyone has been asking about Stretch Goals!  

80K Goal: Complimentary Class of Movement & Form - COMPLETE!

100k Goal: Bonus Content! How to exaggerate your Character Poses

Click here for more information about the Stretch Goals.

Here is the 2nd Demo & Critique with Q&A about the book Movement & Form. If you missed the session, please enjoy the recording below!

Watch the first FREE Critique, Demo and Q&A Session about drawing, posing and the Youssef Drawing Syllabus!

 Movement & Form - The Youssef Drawing Syllabus

http://www.theyoussefdrawingsyllabus.com

This is the complete first book of my figure drawing program, focusing on techniques of gesture drawing, posing, movement, body mechanics, and form.  It is the foundation course that I teach to professional artists in the animation industry.

My syllabus stems from my studies at art academies around the world, my experience as a hand drawn feature animator, my directing experience with CG animators, and my training in classical ballet.  It's a method that applies to a wide range of artists from different backgrounds, CG & hand drawn animators, visual development artists, comic book artists, story artists, illustrators, character designers, sculptors, fine artists, art students and anyone who loves to draw.

This book will help you understand gesture, so that you can bring more life to your poses.  It will break down the body mechanics of the figure, shedding light on the incredible range of motion capable in the body as well as the limitations and restraints.  It addresses the form, structure, design, and aesthetic of the figure, and trains you to improve your ability to control proportion, without having to rely on measuring tools.  Most importantly, it will address the disconnect between gesture and rendered images, and bridge the gap where other figure drawing methods have not been able to.  These tools are valuable to all artists who work with the human figure, from academic drawing to stylized character illustrations.

 The Story of How This Book Came To Be

Several years ago I was approached by a major animation studio to  train their artists.  I developed an artistic training program to target the needs of professional artists based on my consulting experience.  Soon after many other studios started contacting me to conduct workshops and sessions as well.  Since then, I have been invited to work with feature film, VFX and video game studios around the world.

I have been privileged to work with incredibly talented people, and see the results of this syllabus I have designed in their work.  I hope this book will inspire other artists, help expand artistic awareness, and offer the language needed to have the words to express oneself through drawing.

early manuscript pages - there are over 215 images in the book!
early manuscript pages - there are over 215 images in the book!

Artists who have signed up for courses with Samantha Youssef come from these studios:

  • Dreamworks Animation
  • Walt Disney Animation Studios
  • The Walt Disney Company
  • Sony Pictures Imageworks
  • Reel FX
  • Framestore
  • MPC
  • Ubisoft
  • Bioware
  • Warner Brothers Games
  • Eidos
  • Square Enix
  • Electronic Arts
  • Gameloft
  • Visceral Games
  • Digital Dimension
  • Behaviour Interactive
  • We are Minority
  • THQ

Companies that are clients of Samantha Youssef and Studio Technique's artistic training for their artists:

Articles about Samantha Youssef & Studio Technique

click on the image to see press reviews
click on the image to see press reviews
click here for IMDB film credits and professional work samples
click here for IMDB film credits and professional work samples

Masterclasses & Workshop Photos

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click here to see more life drawings
                                                               

Collaboration with Live Model Books

I have been honoured to be able to direct a photo shoot for the book with Live Model Books, the best model photography references for artists that I have ever seen.  The photos are incredible and provide high quality references in the book for analysis and understanding of the figure and body mechanics.

What Stage is the Book at Now?

 The Manuscript for the book is finished!  All that is left to do is:

  • the final revision with a copy editor.
  • complete the graphic design & page layout of the interior.
  • establish the final cover design of the book.
  • send the manuscript to the printers.
  • deliver the book to you!

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Special thank you to Richard Willimot & Penguin Frog studios for video effects and editing, Beata Gołembiowska Nawrocka for recording video footage and Douglas Johnson & Live Model Books for video footage and campaign support!
additional credits: Model & Dancer Vik Tory (Irina V)  in video footage & photo reference.

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Risks and challenges

This is the first book I have published and distributed. My syllabus and this book have been a passion of mine and it is important to me that the book is of the highest quality and that my supporters are receiving the best product and service possible!

If there are any delays due to printing or distribution, I will be sure to communicate it and keep everyone updated, and of course do my best to get your copies to you ASAP!

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