Learn How to Draw Characters in 3D

Take Your Illustration to the Next Level!


  • How to Turn Your 2D Mental Models into 3D Drawings
  • Draw Everyday Objects From a Cube
  • Turn and Texture Organic Shapes
  • Draw Characters in Action
  • Work to Scale in 1 Point and 2 Point Perspective Grids


Alex Leon is a painter and a designer with years of experience in the game and animation industry, working with companies such as Warner Bros. Studios, TitMouse Animation, Pixar Animation, BrainZoo Studios, Crowdstar Games, and Red Robot Labs. He has worked on Cars 2 and Scooby Doo. The mobile games he's worked on include: Life Is Magic and Life Is Crime. He has also worked on a series of fine art gallery paintings.

Alex earned his BA at Art Center College of Design and UC San Diego. His experience at Art Center, as well as his work in the animation and video game industry, has given him a broad perspective of what it takes to succeed in the art industry.

Alex has taught drawing, painting, and portfolio development to college and high school level students, and he currently teaches the workshops for Storyteller Academy's Drawing 1 class. 

Alex Leon

Workshop Dates & Time

Tuesdays: 8/25, 9/1, 9/15, 9/22, 10/6, 10/13

Drawing 2: Drawing in 3D with Alex Leon
@ 5:00 - 6:00 PM PST

Course Details

Module 1:
Box Foundations and Model Sheets

Lesson 1: Box Foundation
Lesson 2: Boxes in an Environment
Lesson 3: Mental Model Sheet

Module 2:
Mental Model Sheet and Cylinders

Lesson 1: Model Sheet - Head
Lesson 2: Model Sheet - Body
Lesson 3: Cylinders
Lesson 4: Model Sheet - Body - Camera Above
Lesson 5: Optional Notes

Module 3:
Action and Poses

Lesson 1: Three Point Boxes
Lesson 2: Action and Poses
Lesson 3: Transforming 3D Shapes
Lesson 4: Optional Notes

Module 4:
Complex Objects

Lesson 1: Richard Scarry Truck
Lesson 2: Boats
Lesson 3: Optional Notes

Module 5:
Background and Characters

Lesson 1: Low Camera Room Setup
Lesson 2: High Camera
Lesson 3: Optional Notes

Module 6:
Background and Characters - 2pt. Perspective

Lesson 1: Grid Guide
Lesson 2: From Grid to Finish
Lesson 3: Breaking the Rules

Drawing 2: Daily Drawing Assignments

Use these 42 step-by-step daily drawing assignments to master the skills you learn in Drawing 2. Drawing a little bit every day has been shown to help artists make progress faster than drawing a lot once a week. These short videos make it easy for you to set aside a few minutes every day to form the habit.

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Who Should Take This Class?

Beginner Illustrators

If you are just starting to learn how to draw, this class will give you a solid foundation.

Intermediate Illustrators

If you're experienced in drawing but want to deepen your understanding and learn to draw out of your head, this class is for you!


If you've always wanted to learn how to draw or want to become more creative, learning how to draw with simple shapes is a great place to start!

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, you can take the techniques learned in the class and apply them to the iPad. There is also a bonus training that will cover how to draw with Procreate on the iPad. 

You don't need to be tech savvy for the class. I actually recommend drawing in a sketchbook first. The only tech skill you'll need is the ability to surf the web. We use www.zoom.us for our workshop meetings. You can easily join meetings with a click of a button.

If you've never taken a drawing class before, you'll want to start with Drawing 1 to learn how to draw mental models in 2D first.

Yes! We've had lots of students take our Drawing 1 class, even though they've been through art school. They remark that they wished they'd learned these drawing skills in art school.

If you are struggling to draw what you see, or if you wish to invent out of your head, Drawing 1 and Drawing 1 will help. 

Yes. This class covers perspective and style, so you'll be able to draw characters in space and stylize. 

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