Class Size: 20 seats 

Start Date: 5/6/19

Duration: 5 amazing weeks

Cost: $250 subscribers, $275 nonsubscribers

Adding characters to an environment is an important topic to understand and add to every artists work flow.

In this class you will receive a series of 6 video drawing lessons emphasizing how to draw characters within their environment. I will be discussing perspective, developing ideas, and how making characters interact helps with developing your thought process. This class is designed for any student interested developing their thinking skills at the early sketch and idea stage of creating art. You will get an assignment to do and video feedback drawovers on your artwork.

What you get:

  • Access to video lessons

  • Assignments

  • 3 individualized video critiques of your work

How it works:

After signing up students will be given access to the videos for this class. There will be a few weeks for students to watch and take notes on the video lectures. Then students will have access to download the instructions for the homework assignment(s). Students will have time to complete their work and turn it in by the due dates listed. Brian will critique each piece with Will Terry while screen recording all comments and suggestions. Brian will complete the draw -overs and the videos will be posted here at SVS for the students in the class to view. There will be three critiques total for this class.


  • Fundamentals of perspective and why it's important
  • Understanding your character in perspective
  • The horizon line and how it affects your character
  • Why it's important to know the eye level in your drawing
  • How to design a room with 1 point perspective
  • Adding furniture and props to a room
  • How to draw engaging characters in perspective
  • Making perspective believable
  • Layering landscapes in perspective
  • Using perspective to to tell a story
  • How to make your characters live in their environment
  • How to invent stories while building a background
  • Why interacting characters are important to your story telling
  • Inventing a story line intuitively
  • How inventing in the early stages help grow your ideas and thought process
  • Developing your point if view is the key to making you a great artist
  • How to decide what to draw (what moment in time)
  • How to practice your thought process without picking up a pencil
  • The ultimate goal is to make you grow as an artist every day and have fun doing it

Refund Policy:

  • cancellation up to 14 days before class starts: full refund
  • cancellation 1 - 13 days before class starts: 75% refund
  • cancellation during the first week of class: 50% refund
  • cancellation during the second week of class and after: 0%

Please Note: When you enroll, we are reserving your seat, and others are not able to sign up. Because it can be challenging to fill seats when there are last minute cancellations, we only offer partial refunds once we are within 13 days of the class start date. However, if you are able to sell your seat to another student, we are happy to give a full refund 

Parental Advisory: The video for "Lesson 8: Brian's Influences" contains a few images of nude cartoon figures and illustration images of the effects of war.

About the Instructor


Brian Ajhar

Brian Ajhar is an award winning character designer and illustrator who specializes in the animation and publishing industry. Brian's newest project will be published in 2019 by Disney. Brian has been recognized multiple times by CA magazine and the Society of Illustrators.


Wonderful class with plenty of information and tips

Lisa Griffin

I enjoyed this class very much. Brian was thorough in his teaching with a focus on creating illustrations that emphasis environments that push story/narrativ...

Read More

I enjoyed this class very much. Brian was thorough in his teaching with a focus on creating illustrations that emphasis environments that push story/narrative elements. It was interesting to see him draw over assignments, not only to watch his creative process, but to listen as he commented on other artists work and provided thoughtful critiques. Both Bryan and Will reviewed work objectively and gave feedback in an encouraging manner while further highlighting techniques that were taught in class. I highly recommend this course, whether you are new to illustration or working within the industry. Thank you Brian and Will!

Read Less

Great class!

Hugo Wee

I was not quite sure what to expect from this class, meaning I did not know from what angle they would teach how to build an environment. Overall I got a lot...

Read More

I was not quite sure what to expect from this class, meaning I did not know from what angle they would teach how to build an environment. Overall I got a lot out of this class. They pointed out many aspects of building a space that is convincing in perspective. They went into some character design to address communication between characters. I wish the spacing between project was a little more evening spread and that there was an ending critique addressing the things each specific artist could work on and what their strengths are. All in all I loved it and the unique and different perspectives from Will and Brian!

Read Less

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Class Introduction

    • Hi Everyone!

    • Introduce yourself!

    • Questions before we begin

    • Schedule of Homework


    • Week 3: HOMEWORK TURN IN




    • Week 5: HOMEWORK TURN IN



    • Week 6: HOMEWORK TURN IN


  • 2

    Course Introduction

    • Introduction

  • 3

    Lesson 1: Horizon Line (The Pizza Principle)

    • Horizon Line (The Pizza Principle)

  • 4

    Lesson 2: Placing Characters in Perspective

    • Placing Characters in Perspective

  • 5

    Lesson 3: Building Backgrounds in Perspective

    • Building Backgrounds in Perspective

  • 6

    Lesson 4: Down Shot Example

    • Down Shot Example

  • 7

    Lesson 5: Storytelling Example

    • Storytelling Example

  • 8

    Lesson 6: External Background Example

    • External Background Example

  • 9

    Lesson 7: Draw-overs

    • Draw-overs

  • 10

    Lesson 8: Brian's Influences

    • Parental Advisory

    • Brian's Influences

  • 11

    Image Downloads

    • Image files

  • 12

    Homework Introduction

    • Homework Introduction

    • Homework PDF

    • Grids

  • 12


  • 1


  • 2


Subscribe to SVSLearn and we will show you how. 

Our videos are custom made to show you how to get the skills necessary to break into the dynamic field of illustration.

Learn More