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My Penultimate Life Drawing Class at Aardman

I’ve really enjoyed our Life Drawing classes at Aardman. Our tutor, Sara Easby is by far, one of the best teachers I’ve had. She really challenges us, and reminds us constantly to question our work – for instance, where is the weight? What is the feeling of the piece? What quality of line are we using, and why? She insists that we work from the inside out, to really indentify what shape the body is making, then fill in further with shape and texture once we’ve nailed the pose…which is exactly like Animation – getting correct poses, is essential.

Life Drawing at Aardman

Life Drawing at Aardman

We only have one class left…this makes me very sad indeed 😦

Thanks for looking
Marc 🙂

© Marc Godfrey 2014

 
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Posted by on November 6, 2014 in Life Drawing

 

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More Life Drawing at Aardman

We’re nearly half way through our Character Animation course at Aardman studios, in Bristol. Every week we have life drawing classes, and here’s a collection of my life drawings from week 3 and 4.

Some simple pin and character pose drawings from a Life drawing class at Aardman

Some simple pin and character pose drawings from a Life drawing class at Aardman

The animation exercises we were studying in those weeks, included someone swinging a baseball bat and a weight lifter – hopefully in these drawings you’ll recognise some of the poses that would be used for such an animation.

As we progressed throughout the exercises, we were asked to show the weight in our drawings, which is harder than it sounds. I experimented by making the lines darker in the areas where I think the weight is resting. For the poses where the model is lifting weights, these become black blobs…well, they were heavy, so my mark making became heavy too.

Some simple pin and character pose drawings from a Life drawing class at Aardman

Some simple pin and character pose drawings from a Life drawing class at Aardman

In the bottom right hand corner, you’ll spot a print from Glen Keane’s latest short “Duet”. In our first week at Aardman, I was lucky enough to meet him, and he signed my print…I had a space at the end of my display box, so I’ve included it for you to see. I love it!

Some simple pin and character pose drawings from a Life drawing class at Aardman

Some simple pin and character pose drawings from a Life drawing class at Aardman

 

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© Marc Godfrey 2014

 

 
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Posted by on October 16, 2014 in Life Drawing

 

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Life Drawing at an Animation Studio

I’m into my 3rd week of a fantastic Character Animation course at Aardman studios, in Bristol. Whilst I’m developing my skills in CG animation, we also have various workshops and masterclasses, one of which is life drawing! Hurrah!

We’ve gone right back to basics when observing the figure – drawing from the inside out, using stick figures, or pin drawing. We started with simply drawing the lines of action, and gradually adding extra lines to show weight and to describe simple twists and posing. We’ve had two classes so far, and our tutor is trying to loosen the way we draw – we’ve done some super quick 10 seconds sketches, and even started drawing with the opposite hand! Below is a collection of my studies…I’m still yet to perfect my proportions, but hey…when will ever stop foreshortening the legs??

Pin drawing

Some simple line and pin drawings from a Life drawing class at Aardman

Pin drawing

Some simple line and pin drawings from a Life drawing class at Aardman

Thanks for looking 😀

© Marc Godfrey 2014

 
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Posted by on September 29, 2014 in Life Drawing, Studies

 

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I’ve just joined an exciting new social platform. You might already be familiar with BlogLovin’, but if you’re not, it’s the perfect place to organise all the blogs you follow, in one simple place.

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On my profile, you’ll find my two main blogs, as well as all the blogs I follow. Neat huh? With the demise of Google reader, it seems like the perfect place to keep track of my favourite bloggers. There’s also an app for your smart phone, so you get all my Life Drawing blog posts delivered to you on the move!

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Thanks! More Life Drawing and Sketches coming soon…

 
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Posted by on March 31, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Life Drawing for Animators

Here are a couple more of my life drawings from last week, as well as some tip top advice from Richard Williams, about how to do draw from life, to help Animators.

Richard Williams Advice on Life Drawing for Animators - Marc Godfrey Sketch Blog: Life Drawing

Whilst working on some animations, I needed to refer to Richard William’s excellent book, The Animator’s Survival Kit for some help. I came across a paragraph that I wanted to share.

It’s all very well for me to attend Life Drawing classes, but there are some elements I can really work on, to help improve my animations. Brushing up on core skills, and keeping your talents practiced is a good habit to keep – but the following passage struck a chord with me, of how I can make my Life Drawing even more effective – especially from an Animator’s perspective. Richard Williams, says this:

A model splattered on the floor for hours is a help for the drawing and understanding of form etc, but from an animation point of view we need to move the figure so we can see the weight, the balance, the vitality, the twisting, the force, the way things are put together when the body is in movement. Obviously, the solution is to do Quick Poses.

So, that’s it. Whilst it can be quite difficult to take over a shared life drawing class, and demand which poses you want to draw, it seems here the most important thing to focus on, is the quick sketch opportunities. But moreover, to study and observe where the weight is, and capture that in the drawing. Work out where the force and balance is coming from and make sure it’s clear in your work…just like animating a character.

Here are some more of my sketches form last week. Where’s the weight?:

Richard Williams Advice on Life Drawing for Animators - Marc Godfrey Sketch Blog: Life Drawing

Richard Williams Advice on Life Drawing for Animators - Marc Godfrey Sketch Blog: Life Drawing

If you’re training to become an Animator, or indeed already are and don’t have Richard William’s book, I can’t recommend it highly enough. It’s superb and incredibly helpful. It’s definitely the most referred to book in library of Animation books.

If you’re in the UK, you can get The Animator’s Survival Kit from Amazon.co.uk here.

Or if you’re in the States, you can get it from Amazon.com here.

(The section I quoted is on page 377, by the way)

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Posted by on March 11, 2014 in Life Drawing

 

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Latest Life Drawing

At first I was afraid, I was petrified…Hmmm, ok, slight exaggeration, but our model this week has long hair! Arrgh! If you read my previous post, you’ll know how much this frustrated me, but the model did something remarkable. It was like she read my blog, she did these fantastic poses, where she held her hair out of the way! Thank you so much life model, lady, if you’re reading this too. The first picture, in the top left hand corner shows what I mean – or at least, I hope it does!

Here are some of my latest life drawings:

Marc Godfrey Sketch Blog: Life Drawing

Marc Godfrey Sketch Blog: Life Drawing

I went back to my black paper, and using white conte…I think the results were better than the last time I tried:

Marc Godfrey Sketch Blog: Life Drawing

Marc Godfrey Sketch Blog: Life Drawing

For one of the longer poses, I focused on the face. Ok, it looks nothing like the model, but it was fun to focus on one area, and the how the light hit certain facial features – which up until this point, I haven’t had the time luxury to perfect:

Marc Godfrey Sketch Blog: Life Drawing

And, quite frankly, I don’t know what happened with this next one. The pose was great, but my proportions are all over the place!…

Marc Godfrey Sketch Blog: Life Drawing

Thanks for looking and reading 🙂

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Posted by on March 7, 2014 in Life Drawing

 

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Quick Sketching

Whilst flicking through some of my Sketch books, I found a bunch of quick sketches. This is a technique whereby you just get down on paper what you see, as quickly as you can. Simple. My art tutor told us to go and sit in coffee shop windows and just draw what we see. So, I did.

These sketches were done in Cambridge, which explains the abundance of bicycles!

Marc Godfrey Sketch Blog: Quick Sketching

Marc Godfrey Sketch Blog: Quick Sketching

Marc Godfrey Sketch Blog: Quick Sketching

Marc Godfrey Sketch Blog: Quick Sketching

Marc Godfrey Sketch Blog: Quick Sketching

Marc Godfrey Sketch Blog: Quick Sketching

The next couple of sketches made me laugh – I don’t recall a big giant coming to trample on me, or being turned into an ant, or something – but that’s a nifty worm’s eye view, hey? Neither do I remember seeing a man running with an elongated left thigh…or for that matter, do I recall seeing someone running, whilst doing their best road-runner-meep-meep impression!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

Marc Godfrey Sketch Blog: Quick Sketching

Marc Godfrey Sketch Blog: Quick Sketching

I’m off to Life Drawing again tonight…so more life drawing pics to follow soon.

Have you tried quick sketching? How do you like it?

© Marc Godfrey 2014

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2014 in Studies

 

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