Costumed Figured in Graphite with Ben Young


Streaming Registration Opens October 20th at 8am Pacific Time

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

Full Participation: Watch instructor warm up, demo, receive photo reference AND receive instructor critique every week.

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


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

Date : 11 Nov – 16 Dec

Length: 5 Weeks

Videos Uploaded: Thursday

Level :  Good for all levels

Students will have a single effort that they will work on throughout the 5 week term. Students will work from a photo of a costumed model.  We will set up accurate lay-ins based on thumbnail sketches of the pose. Students will be introduced to various methods of finish and calligraphy and will be encouraged to explore alternative surfaces and drawing implements to our usual method. A great compliment to our other drawing classes. Great polishing class for intermediate to advanced students.



  • Note: The following is a list of suggested materials.
    Additional materials may be used with instructor approval.Portable electric eraser (optional)
    Portable (small) electric pencil sharpener
    Mechanical pencil
    Sanford (turquoise shaft) F, HB, 2B, 3B, 6B
    Monolith pencils in varying hardnesses(same as above–optional choice)
    Kneaded eraser/Hard eraser (your choice)
    Arm rest of your making Something to keep your hand elevated from your drawingPaper options:
    Strathmore 500 smooth plated paper 18×24
    Vellum (heavy) 18×24
    Newsprint (smooth) 18×24
    Others: Fabriano, Strathmore, etc…

Ben Young

Ben Young has studied and taught at Watts Atelier for the past 20 years. He has worked as a freelance illustrator and conceptual designer. Clients include Sony Entertainment, Reflexive Entertainment, Upper Deck and Blizzard. Ben is currently working on his career in fine art. View more of Ben’s work at

Additional information

Class Type

Full Participation, Audit