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Classes: Onsite Workshops

Stephen will create a workshop for your company, school, or club. He can do a two hour lecture or a two day workshop, and anything in between. He will tailor the event to your needs. His workshops are designed to help artists develop drawing skills, self confidence, and give artist the ability to develop their own style. He will help increase the artists ability to create new ideas and communicate with clients. The in-depth lectures are designed to help artists become more professional and successful in their careers. Both workshops and lectures show artist how to build a positive attitude, increase enthusiasm, reduce anxiety and to achieve a greater enjoyment out of life as a creative person. 

Each seminar covers the importance of practice, persistence, patience, passion, concentration, and much more. This is a great opportunity and a chance to watch and learn from Stephen's experiences and techniques to creating appealing, energetic character designs. Participants will learn useful techniques, how to stimulate creativity, solve problems, and become better decision makers, which will guide them through their artistic journey.

Thousands of individuals worldwide have attended Silver's lectures, seminars and workshops.  He has been hired by many companies and organizations in order to help develop the artist within. Silver’s methods of teaching and experience throughout the years have awarded many artists careers in their fields, from publishing, creating their own companies and landing studio jobs.

Stephen has worked as character designer in the animation industry for the almost 20 years designing shows such as Disney's Kim Possible, Nickelodeon’s Danny Phantom, and many more. Stephen has 7 published books on character design, sketching and life drawing. He has been training artists online from around the world, as well as lecturing and  providing professional workshops for studios such as Hasbro Toys, Nickelodeon, Insomniac Games, Powerhouse Animation as well as many art schools and colleges around the world.

The workshop  will cover many topics in design such as the importance of:

  • The thumbnail process
  • Creating variety
  • Clarity in design
  • Shape variation
  • Silhouettes, rhythm, flow & balance
  • Pushing your shapes and poses
  • Construction, attitudes & expressions
  • Quick gesture and much more.

Be ready to take lots of notes, do some drawing and have fun!



It’s safe to say Stephen is one of the most prolific animation character designers today and we were extremely fortunate to have him here at Atomic Cartoons for a two-day intensive design workshop. The attendees not only learned a lot, broadening their skills, but finished the classes invigorated and inspired. Stephen is a huge animation advocate and genuinely lives and breaths the creative spirit of both the art and industry. Tremendous job teaching, Stephen, we can’t thank you enough.
— Rob Davies, Co-Founder, Partner, and VP of Development at Atomic Cartoons
I just wanted to say thank you again for coming to San Jose to do a workshop for our club! Even now— a week after your visit— several attendees are still raving to me about the new skills and/or positive lifestyle changes they have acquired from your lessons. I speak for everyone when I say we had lots of fun and learned so much in such a short time with you.
— Darlene, San Jose State

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