SVA Film & Animation
FACULTY: Meryl Rosner


Art for animation is about strong graphic style and genre. Immerse yourself in the theme of your story: the environment, the tone, physically and emotionally. Be an actor with a pencil! If you are drawing an uphill climb on a stormy night, act it in your head: trees swaying, ominous sky, tall grass silver-tipped in the moonlight. Dig into your memory, or if you haven’t done it before, imagine it. Sometimes a change of landscape will help; take a walk or a train somewhere. Though a script may be fantastic and not of the real world, you will CREATE it.

I focus on how to think, not what to measure or “clean up” to a crisp line, though that is ultimately part of the process of making animation. Rather, it is how to scribble on a paper napkin or doodle in a sketchbook, and where to arrange it later at the drawing board into a meaningful story setting. Perspective drawing: horizon lines and vanishing points, are misunderstood, perhaps because they appear complicated! Most students arrive to my class with action heroes, masterfully rendered on white paper. I ask them: Where is your hero standing? How do the characters and props fit in the world and into the story? Once the points on the picture plane are connected, flat becomes multi-dimensional; compositions and characters come alive!

BFA from Ithaca College

School of Visual Arts

Disney TV, MTV, Klasky Csupo, Nickelodeon, Blue Sky Studio, Jumbo Pictures, The New York Times, Random House, Estée Lauder, Calvin Klein, Godiva, Revlon, TheatreworksUSA.

Perspective Drawing

Animation Layout Drawing

Character Design

Drawing on Location

Costume for Theater and Film