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Drawing with DreamWorks, Featuring Madagascar

Presented by DreamWorks Animation

with animator Monique Miranda

About DreamWorks Animation

DreamWorks Animation (DWA), a division of the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, within NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation, is a global family entertainment company with feature film and television brands. The company’s deep portfolio of intellectual property is supported by a robust, worldwide consumer products practice, which includes licensing, and location-based entertainment venues around the world. DWA’s feature film heritage includes many of the world’s most beloved characters and franchises, including Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon, Trolls and The Boss Baby, and have amassed more than $15 billion in global box office receipts. DreamWorks Animation’s television business has quickly become one of the world’s leading producers of high-quality, animated family programming, reaching consumers in more than 190 countries. Creating a diverse array of original content in a variety of formats and delivering deep, fully immersive worlds served up with compelling characters, the prolific studio has garnered 27 Emmy® Awards since inception in 2013.

About the class

Learn to draw animated animals with a real DreamWorks animator! Students will draw along with animator Monique Miranda and create their own drawing of the lovable hippo, Gloria, from the hit TV series DreamWorks Madagascar: A Little Wild. Through the live draw-along they’ll learn how animators draw and add personality to animal characters, including the importance of seeing action lines, techniques for deconstructing large animals into common shapes, and the art of adding a “wack factor” to make characters lovable. Bring pencils, paper, a creative spirit, and a love for adorable animals to this live art session certain to put a smile on your face and a new masterpiece on your refrigerator.

During class, you’ll learn about the tools that animators use to draw animals so that they look both realistic and lovable. One of those tools is using photos of real animals to help deconstruct them into shapes and action lines. Linked below is a set of animal images that your instructor, Monique, will break down during class. Feel free to have these up on your screen during class, or even to print them out, so that you can refer to these images as you draw your own Gloria.

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Meet your expert instructor, Monique.

Monique Miranda is an artist working for DreamWorks TV, where she serves as a Production Assistant and animator for DreamWorks Madagascar: A Little Wild. Born and raised in Southern California, she obtained her BA in Animation at Cal State University Northridge and began her career with DreamWorks Animation in 2019 as a Development Intern. Of all of her animation projects, she particularly enjoys working on the miniature Madagascar characters; who wouldn’t love making adorable animals even more lovable?

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