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Essence of the Pose: A Gesture Drawing Course with Niall Laverty l May 2024

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May 7th to June 11th6 Tuesday Evenings Online, 7pm to 9.30pm€70


It is our great pleasure to welcome back Niall Laverty for this online version of his very popular course, which will show the importance of gesture drawing for animation and look at capturing the essence of the pose to create expressive drawings.

What will this course cover?

This course will show the importance of gesture drawing for animation and look at capturing the essence of the pose. Each session will look at drawing, graphic and animation principles to create expressive drawings through lectures, demos and critiques. 

  • Week 1 Let’s get loose – Warm-ups
  • Week 2 Lines of Action, Rhythm & Exaggeration 
  • Week 3 Shapes – Abstracting the Pose
  • Week 4 Contrast – Straight & Curved lines
  • Week 5 Angles – Dynamic drawing
  • Week 6 Context – Interpretation of a Pose


Niall Laverty has been teaching gesture drawing to animation and graphic storytelling students and professionals for 20 years. He is an Assistant Lecturer on the 2D and 3D Animation programmes at IADT. He is also a guest lecturer at The Animation Workshop, Filmakademie and Gobelins, and teaches classes at the award-winning animation studios, Boulder Media and Brown Bag Films.

Niall is an illustrator and writer with At it Again! who bring Irish literature to life with their pocket guide books and literally gifts.

Participant profile

The course is designed for beginners and professionals of all skill levels looking to refresh or develop their gesture drawing.

Materials/equipment/software needed

Basic materials: paper, pencils, markers, charcoal. Participants will be notified of any other materials needed throughout the course.


Online: Zoom


Normally, the fee for this course would be €90 , but through Cultural & Creative Industries Skillnet we can offer this course at the subsidised member’s rate of €70.

Dates and times of the course

  • Week 1: May 7th
  • Week 2: May 14th
  • Week 3: May 21st
  • Week 4: May 28th
  • Week 5: June 4th
  • Week 6: June 11th

Any queries, contact

Please note that due to our funding requirements, registrations are currently only available to those resident in the Republic Of Ireland. 

CCIS will generally only accept requests for cancellation refunds up to 5 working days before the training course commences. CCIS may allow for refunds outside of this on a case-by-case basis. Any request for a refund must be made with via email to & insert the course name in the subject line.

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