Siobhan is a filmmaker, animator and storyboard artist. When she isn't busy with her professional projects she generously shares her knowledge through her many educational activities. We welcome Siobhan to our family of trainers!
Siobhan initially studied Film, first at University College Dublin, and later at NYU where she spent a semester cutting and splicing 16mm celluloid on a Steenbeck at the Washington Square campus. After working on film sets for a number of years, she traded live action for animation and studied at Ballyfermot College in Dublin. Since then she has built up experience in almost every department, from Storyboarding to Design and Direction. She has worked with film studios in New York, with animation studios in Vancouver and Dublin; and she has facilitated art and digital media workshops in South Africa.
Her directing work includes an award-winning series of short films that has been developed into 3 extensive teaching packs that are now part of the National Primary School curriculum in Ireland; a short film on Asylum and Protection in collaboration with the Irish Refugee Council; and animated sequences for a feature length film.
Through her work with animation studios such as Atomic Cartoons (Vancouver) and Kavaleer Productions (Ireland) she has provided artwork, designs and concepts for clients that include Disney, Sony Pictures Animation, YTV Canada, HMH Publishing and PlayFirst. Most recently she has provided Background designs for Hotel Transylvania Dash, a game based on the movie Hotel Transylvania; as well as Curious George – a learning app for iPad and iPhone, both of which ranked as #1 on itunes for the first few weeks of their release.
Over the years, Siobhan has shared her knowledge of animation techniques and processes through various workshops that she has facilitated in Ireland and also in South Africa. She has taught people how to draw and create images, as well as how to best tell stories in meaningful ways so that they can be shared as widely as possible.
Courses by Siobhan Twomey
Animation Concepts 202
Learn the techniques that pro animators use to make backgrounds that have depth, impact and enhance the storyline. Follow along with animator Siobhan Twomey in this 21-tutorial course and see how you can bring your backgrounds to life!
Pixels, bitmaps, vectors, styluses and drawing tablets. Learn the software, tools, techniques and craft of drawing in the digital world in this course by Siobhan Twomey.
Animation Concepts 201
Principles of Background Design
The unspoken "character", in any animation, is the imaginary world where the characters live. Learn all about the art of designing animation backgrounds with artist Siobhan Twomey.
Animation Concepts 103
Character Walk Cycles
Walking comes naturally… until you have to animate it! After completing this Walk Cycles course by expert animator Siobhan Twomey, you will have your characters strolling, shuffling, sauntering and jogging before you know it!
Animation Concepts 102
Dynamic Character Animation
Siobhan Twomey is back with her second instalment in the popular Animation Concepts series. Learn how to infuse your characters with personality using the universal principles detailed in this 21-tutorial course.
Animation Concepts 101
Bringing Objects to Life
The word animation literally means: the state of being alive. In this essential course by Siobhan Twomey, you learn the art and craft of infusing your animated objects with the illusion of aliveness. So… let there be life!
Character Design 102
Creating Characters for Animation
In this course, artist & animator Siobhan Twomey shows how to design characters specifically for animation. Follow along and learn the techniques and tools you need to know to get your designs ready to be animated!
Character Design 101
Where do character ideas come from and how do you transform your ideas into fully-realized characters? Watch this 18-tutorial courses by artist and animator, Siobhan Twomey, and see a character come to life right before your eyes!
Drawing Techniques 3
Torso, arms, legs and head... Learn how to draw the human figure in this Drawing From Life courses by artist and animator Siobhan Twomey.
Drawing Techniques 2
Shapes… Sighting… Shading. There are many natural features that give objects their shape and form. In this 19-tutorial course, Siobhan Twomey explains how to see these features and how to get them on down on “paper.” Learn to draw what you see... with Siobhan!
Drawing Techniques 1
Anybody can draw, it’s true! And artist Siobhan Twomey shows you just how to do it. Watch this course and learn the incredible secrets that every aspiring and seasoned artist must know to transform what is seen by the naked eye into expressive drawings.
The Art of Storyboarding
Storyboard artist Siobhan Twomey is back with a sequel to her very popular introductory course! In this course, you learn filmmaking techniques and principles that are essential knowledge for every storyboard artist.
Introduction to Storyboarding
“You can storyboard anything” says artist and trainer, Siobhan Twomey. Learn the art and craft of this essential skill as Siobhan reveals everything you need to know to get you started in the creative field of storyboarding!
Derrick wrote on February 4, 2019
Very practical and informative! Exercises make me look forward to drawing many times throughout the day!
Nora wrote on March 17, 2018
As someone who has no experience in animation this course was really amazing. Basics of animation and movement explained in a very simple and yet effective and quick way, very impressive. Thank you for this course, it was a pleasure to watch.
Cosmkcomik wrote on November 27, 2017
A basic course on animation, this instructor brings out the simple things every animator should know. The individual segments are short, to the point, and accompanied with illustrations that develop the concept being discussed. Like learning the basic notes of a piano which all songs are formed from, this course illustrates, and demonstrates the basic concepts and forms from which all animation, 2-D or 3-D is generated from.
unitymusic wrote on October 29, 2017
Fun course with lots of great tips! I enjoyed drawing along with the examples.
Dee wrote on April 30, 2017
You make it look easy eventhough I'm sure it isn't! Interesting and well informed.
BPGeez wrote on February 9, 2016
I think the instructor does a WONDERFUL job on this course! She gives great examples and is very easy to understand and follow. Great gig MacPro!!
Trond D wrote on December 4, 2015
A great series of videos to show you the basics of drawing and painting digitaly on a computer.
Trond D wrote on December 4, 2015
A good, easy to understand step by step guide to draw the human figure
kathie Smith wrote on November 16, 2015
Thanks for the confidence booster! I think I'm getting the hang of drawing- my pot plant looks great although my hand proportions are way off- fingers are way too long.
Apollo wrote on October 28, 2015
I am a musician and was curious about how to draw the human figure. I am so glad that I found this tutorial! First of all Siobhan has an extremely pleasing voice :) that makes you want to keep listening. Most importantly she explains everything very clearly and at a very good pace. In several occasions I revisited the tutorials many times, and it was totally worth it. A very gratifying course. I hope to see more tutorials like this one... I plan to watch all of Siobhan's tutorial many times!