Review: Stephen Silver’s “Life”


Yesterday I received my copy of Stephen Silver’s latest art book, Life.

For those who don’t know, Silver is an amazing animation character designer whose credits include Disney’s Kim Possible and Nickelodeon’s Danny Phantom. He’s a versatile artist and I find his work very inspiring. Silver also teaches an online Character Design course through I took the course last year and I learned a ton. It’s expensive but well worth the investment for anyone serious about character design.

Silver has published several popular sketchbooks in the past, each one jam-packed with his amazing drawings. Read More

My Character Design Assignments

A few months ago I took a character design class online through The instructor was Stephen Silver, one of the top character designers working in animation today. Stephen’s video lectures were very inspirational and full of meaty content. I probably learned more from Stephen than I did from some of my professors when I was in art school. If you have any interest in character design and can afford to take the class, do so!

I posted my weekly assignments here on the blog and tried to share my thoughts without giving away too much of the actual content of the lectures. The blog posts were quite popular and were even featured on Drawn!, a popular art blog.

For those of you who may have missed it, I’ve now compiled all of my blog posts onto one page. Here’s the list: “Fat Joe” (Final)


This is it. I’ve finished my nine-week character design course with Stephen Silver over at It’s been an amazing experience. Stephen is not only a brilliant character designer but also an inspiring teacher.

Our very first assignment was to design a character based on Fat Joe from the play The Long Voyage Home. We were given this description:Read More