Animal Anatomy Intensives: Reptiles with Tom Babbey



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Instructor Critiques for Full Participation Students will be uploaded for viewing approximately one week after each class. 

Date : Jan. 21- Feb 19th.

Length: 5 Weeks

Videos Uploaded: Thursdays at 12pm PST.

Level :  All Levels Welcome

This class will focus on understanding the illusive construction forms, anatomical nuances, and textures of reptiles.  Throughout this five weeks, students will learn the often overlooked and extremely unique construction forms present in reptiles such as lizards, snakes, crocodilians, and turtles.  Students will learn to repurpose and adapt “basic” construction forms to fit more extreme species types, and learn how to accurately indicate subtle musculature notes beneath the textured scales, scutes, and folds of the reptilian form.  This course’s  focus on construction, anatomy, scale texture, and an understanding natural history to fuel your art makes it  a wonderful choice for those interested in wildlife art, sketchbooking, concept design, or illustration.


Feel free to use one or all of the recommended mediums:

• Conte 1710b or Wolf’s Carbon 6B charcoal pencil

• Smooth Newsprint

• Single Edge Razor Blade

• Sanding Pad

• Kneaded Eraser

• Sketchbooks/Pencils

• Digital Media

Tom Babbey

Tom Babbey has studied at the Watts Atelier for over a decade, and has taught at the atelier for nearly as long.  As an avid naturalist, Tom’s love for wildlife led him to discover his passion for animal art and creature design at an early age. Tom currently works as a freelance illustrator and concept artist for clients such as Wizards of the Coast, Paizo Publishing, Wizkids, Cubicle 7, Fantasy Flight Games, Sony Online, and Griffin Road Games, and is the lead Art Director for Draco Studios “Dragonbond’ setting.

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Class Type

Full Participation, Audit