Animal Sketchbooking: 5 Species with Tom Babbey


Registration Opens June 29th, 2022 at 8am PT.

Audit: Watch instructor warm up, demo and receive photo reference every week.

All videos will be available until two weeks after week 5 of the term.


SKU: N/A Category:


Date : 12-Jul – 9-Aug

Length: 5 Weeks

Videos Uploaded: Tuesday at 12pm PT.

Level :  All Levels Welcome

This course will focus on understanding the structure and form of various animal species through the art of Sketchbooking.  Students will study a different group of animals each week, including birds, big cats, ungulates , canids, and reptiles.  Through the use of various sketchbooking mediums, students will learn to indicate texture and musculature, with an emphasis on shape design as well as page composition.  Instructional demonstrations paired with informative talks on the species themselves makes this class a wonderful choice for fine artists, illustrators and concept artists alike!


Sketchbook (toned and/or white)
Graphite pencil (wood, various hardness)
Mechanical pencil
Kneaded eraser
White eraser
Ballpoint pen

Optional materials:

Mixed media/wet media sketchbook
Walnut ink/sepia ink
White charcoal pencil
White out pen/white paint pen
Brush pen

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.

Additional information

Class Type

Full Participation, Audit