An Interview with Samantha Youssef

Episode 15 of Sebastien Dussault’s interview series.

Samantha Youssef is the Artistic Director and founder of Studio Technique. For the past 14 years, she has worked in both 2D feature films and video games for studios such as Walt Disney Animation and Ubisoft Entertainment. Some of her credited films are ‘The Princess and the Frog’, ‘Lilo and Stitch 2’ and ‘Tarzan 2’. She is also a former professional ballet dancer, a published author and an educator giving lectures and workshops around the world.

Movement & Form Available for Pre-Order

Samantha Youssef’s highly anticipated book, Movement & Form – The Youssef Drawing Syllabus, is close to it’s release date. The book, which was recently backed on Kickstarter, goes to print this week. Pre-orders are open until August 30th.


Matt Jones – Timelapse Gesture Drawing Class

Matt Jones has been busy creating a lot more gesture drawing videos for your viewing pleasure. Make sure you check out his others and subscribe for updates.

The Drawing Script

The Drawing Script is a great site for brushing up on your gesture sketching. It’s a fully automated and scalable gallery of models of all shapes and sizes in a variety of action poses. There’s even big cats too! I just finished re-reading the first volume of Drawn to Life, so this find is great timing for me as I don’t have a lot of extra time to travel the hour it takes to get to the nearest gesture classes.

By the way, if you don’t own copies of volume 1 and volume 2 of Drawn to Life, BUY THEM NOW. If I had to whittle my animation bookshelf down to five books, these two would remain on my shelf: