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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??

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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 😀

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

 

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?

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Posted by on February 25, 2014 in Studies

 

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A Collection of Crappy Cat Creations

I’ve been flicking through my old sketchbooks, and guess what I found more sketches and drawings of cats! Quelle Surprise, I hear you cry!

These ones, like the previous cats studies, didn’t take very long, hence their crappy look! I’m not too proud of them in all honesty, but I’m enjoying adding my work to this sketch blog as each draw holds a memory. These make me think of being in the art studio trying to work out what the heck I’m going to do with all this cat lines! Haha…I need to track down the products of these studies…they involved line drawings of cats, lost in tartan. What a concept to behold!

Anyway…on with the studies…

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Posted by on January 12, 2014 in Cats, Studies

 

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New Year, New Sketches: Life Drawing

New Year, New Sketches: Life Drawing

Since moving up to Edinburgh I’ve been looking for a group where I can take part in some Life Drawing classes. After a bit of a google, I found all sorts of tutored courses, but I was really looking for something a bit more casual – then I found the fantastic group: All The Young Nudes! So, I went along to one of their sessions last Tuesday, and here is what I came up with…

At first I was little rusty – it’s been a while since I drew for life – here’s a selection of some of my quick sketches. Each pose was held for 5 and 10 minutes.

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I sketch a lot in biro – controversial, I know (I’ve had my fair share of bemused and concerned looks, as when everyone reaches for their willow charcoal and HBs… there’s me scrabbling around my pencil tin for my bics), but I really like the medium. I like the precision and the permanence of biros, and ink in general actually.

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The class was structured so that we started off with a selection of 5 to 10 minute poses, then after a break we had 2 poses lasting 20-25 minutes each. At this point, I thought I should use my trusty charcoal:

Marc Godfrey Sketch Blog: Life Drawing

It’s been a long time since I took part in a life drawing class, and I felt it! I think I got my media mixed up – I really should have done the quick studies with something easy to mark-make with, like charcoal. Then take time with the longer poses, maybe using inks and biros. Either way, I know to switch it up next time.

Marc Godfrey Sketch Blog: Life Drawing

The music playing was perfect too – I didn’t realise how much I loved that feeling of being given time just to sit, look and draw. I got lost in a trance of charcoal and biros 🙂

Below are my very first attempts of the evening – the first one wasn’t too bad for a 5 minute sketch, but the 2nd sketch lasted longer than I really needed for the choice of anatomy…can you tell I got a bit bored of the biro…?

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More sketches to follow soon.

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Posted by on January 9, 2014 in Life Drawing, Studies

 

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Quick Sketching

Whilst studying at the Cambridge School of Art, I learnt a wonderful habit of sitting in the windows of coffee shops and drawing what I saw.

My tutor, a brilliant man, called Douglas Jeal, used to say to us constantly that we had to learn to get our drawings down on paper at different speed. Some of us would spend such a long time creating studies, but few of us were able to jot down an image at a fast pace. So, to practice, we would sit somewhere where we could watch and observe life, then draw what we saw! Of course, what we were looking at would move quickly (invariably people out and about shopping and traveling somewhere), or stay still for short amounts of time, so we had to capture the essence of the subject fast!

Wherever I was, as long as I had my sketchbook on me, I would starting drawing whatever it was that I saw. I came across these studies, that I made on a train journey one time. Needless to say, the subject matter might not be very interesting (a seat, a tree, a pylon) but the overall binge like spatter of images across the pages are quite extraordinary:

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Spot the one that turned into more of a doodle…I’m pretty sure this just came out of my head after seeing so many countryside trees whizz past my train seat window:

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Posted by on November 19, 2013 in Studies

 

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Some Simple Sculptural Studies

Flicking through my sketchbooks, I came across these. Some quick simple sketches on some figurative sculptures that took my eye. I didn’t know where my sculpture was going, but by virtue of making studies, my ideas were able to develop and give me a greater idea of where my sculptural ideas were heading:

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I’m embarrassed to share this next image, because I know it’s a study of one of the figures from Rodin’s Burghers of Calais. Whilst, it looks NOTHING like the figure I was studying (it’s so frustrating when you make a study that doesn’t resemble the subject), something I do like about it, is I feel I’ve captured the emotion and expression. The facial expression is of torment, exasperation and fatigue…would you agree?

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Posted by on November 15, 2013 in Studies

 

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Sculpting a Sculpture

In my first year at uni, I spent a lot of time sculpting things out of Plaster of Paris. It was a pretty cool medium to be working with – although it did get pretty dusty, pretty quickly. Masks were essential.

Whilst looking through my sketch books I found some of my studies and preliminary drawings that were part of my project. At first I just flicked on through to some other studies, but then thought better and decided to add them here…

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Marc Godfrey Sketch Blog Sculpture Studies

I remember at school having to make Plaster of Paris and it was really difficult to make it right. It needs to be the texture of single cream, with no lumps. At uni, I became a demon at it! I was seriously good…the envy of the class. I thanked my trusty notes when watching my tutor explain how to do it…

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I think my last note is particularly enlightening.

What else can you do with plaster…?

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Posted by on June 30, 2013 in Studies

 

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