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4 Videos (38m)
    • Slideshow Presentation

    • First Lecture

    • Second Lecture

    • Wrap up video and Conclusion


About This Class


*** Special Congrats to my co-workers at Disney for Producing the Oscar-Winning Animated Short, "Paperman". 

"Visual storytelling is not new. It's been used since humans started depicting images in caves. Today, it is ingrained in art you see everywhere. From childhood fairytales to Oscar-Winning films, from your favorite Superbowl Ads to friend's Instagram photos, and from business models and pitches to every website landing page... Someone is trying express themselves and tell a story through visuals.

Although it's not a new form of communication, it has been one of the most effective ones at getting points and feelings across to any audience quickly and accurately. Daniel has been practicing and perfecting this skill since I met him in middle school, and now he can't wait to share his best tips and advice with you."

- Jayrell Ringpis, Skillshare Eduaction Producer


Wreck It Ralph, the Ocar-nominated feature animated film I worked on

In this class, you will learn how to effectively create an image to support and communicate the emotion of a story. You will learn the underlying fundamentals of visual story telling. I promise you will never look at a painting, image or a movie the same way again!

This class covers the following disciplines:

  • Animation/Drawing/Painting/Graphic Design
  • Advertising/Marketing
  • Photograhy/Videography
  • Entrepreneurship


“Whether you are making a short film or you are just doodling, these skills transcend all mediums because storytelling is universal. Every Pixar Director, every Disney Animator, and tons of artists and painters in the industry know these fundamentals INSIDE and OUT. I cannot express how essential these skills were to make it as far as they have.”

- Daniel Gonzeles, Sklilshare Instructor


64 of 81 students recommendSee All

Fortunate to learn from industry leaders.
good content, and understanding of how to resolve some difficulties in flow and story telling. Struggled a little with the rambling discussion and free association while going through the core ideas.
Julian Stanley

Artist, Gourmand, Lover of life

Why do I get these emails asking me to rate a class when I've only watched the trailer??? A bit premature and a bit annoying





Daniel Gonzales

Animator at The Walt Disney Animation Studios

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     Daniel currently is an animator on feature films for The Walt Disney animation Studios. He has worked on flims such as "Toy Story 3" and "Wreck it Ralph". He recently concluded his work on Disney's newest film, "Frozen", and has begun working on the studios upcoming film, "BIG HERO 6" due out in 2014.

Daniel moved from his hometown in San Diego, California to attend San Francisco’s California College of the Art. Daniel has received attention for his artwork at an early age. His entrée’s in the Museum of Latin American art and The U.S. District court for the southern District of California, that are still on display, would be the start of a promising career of fine art, teaching, directing, and animation. 

By Daniel’s college sophomore year he was working at Pixar Animation Studios and soon after found himself working in Los Angeles for the Walt Disney Animation Studios. When not working Daniel has been creating his personal work and teaching art at various institutions in his spare time.