Drawing for movement

Animated Filmmaking Programmes

Animated Filmmaking Programmes

Drawing for movement

Online course, 26 September to 12 December 2022

Target audience

The programme is designed for students or professionals with a strong desire to develop their gesture drawing skills. The course will interest professionals and students in animation, illustration, fashion, comic book, and graphic storytelling. Participants should have a previous life drawing experience. The program will be 100% in English and participants will need to have a level of English that will allow them to follow the lectures.

Further information


Applicants should complete the application form (.PDF) and return it to onlinecourses@gobelins.fr with a short CV and examples of graphic work (accepted formats: websites, Tumblr, Filemail or WeTransfer).
Applications may be submitted all year long and up to one week before the start of classes. After assessment of the application by the selection committee, participants will be notified about their admission by email.
There will be no formal evaluation, marks or grades during the course. GOBELINS will not return any submitted material.

Tel. : +33 7 64 79 57 41


Package 1 : 330 € package for one session includes :

The programme of lectures and workshops for one level (Beginner or Intermediate or Advanced)

Package 2 : 900 €, complete package includes :
The complete programme of lectures and workshops for all three levels (Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced)

*GOBELINS reserves the right to alter the content of the packages and its fees whenever they need to be amended or improved.


Capture the essence of the pose to tell your story!

Whether you’re working as a character designer, storyboard artist, animator, fashion designer, illustrator for comics or children’s books; all require strong drawing skills to tell your story. Gesture drawing is the most important part of those skills to effectively communicate your ideas to an audience. These series of evening courses will look at how to capture the essence of the pose for character design, storyboarding, animation, design and illustration. Each week we will have lectures and demos exploring different graphic principles including lines of action, rhythm and exaggeration, shapes and the flexibility of the pose to create expressive drawings.

Building on 40 years of experience teaching animated storytelling, GOBELINS is organizing this online course to enable students and professionals from around the world to better understand the importance of gesture drawing in artistic professions. 


One-line gallery 

2021 Session

Drawing for movement

2022 Session

Drawing for movement - 2022 Session



This course will show the importance of gesture drawing and look at capturing the essence of the pose to understand movement. The course will look at graphic and animation principles to create expressive drawings through lectures, demos and critiques.


Basic Course: Drawing Warm-Ups

  • Week 1 Warm-Ups - Continuous Lines, Mark-Making
  • Week 2 - Lines of Movement - Rhythm & Flow
  • Week 3 - Key Lines - Essence of the Pose
  • Week 4 - Contrast - Straights & Curves



Intermediate Course: Graphic & Animation Principles

  • Week 5 - Flexibility - Squash & Stretch
  • Week 6 - Angles - Clarifying the Pose
  • Week 7 - Silhouette 1 - Shapes (cut-outs)
  • Week 8 - Silhouette 2 - Shapes (drawing)



Advanced Course: Storytelling

  • Week 9 - Anatomical landmarks
  • Week 10 - Exaggeration - Pushing the Pose
  • Week 11 - Action Analysis - Anticipation / Action / Reaction
  • Week 12 - Character & Storytelling


Class schedule


Classes will be held on GOBELINS’ online platform every Monday from 6.30 P.M. to 8.30 P.M. (Paris time) from September 26th to December 12th 2022. Certain classes or activities may begin earlier and finish later.



International Development Team
Email: onlinecourses@gobelins.fr


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