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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 🙂

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Posted by on November 6, 2014 in Life Drawing


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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 here.

Or if you’re in the States, you can get it from 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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