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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

 

Thanks for looking 😀

© Marc Godfrey 2014

 

 
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Posted by on October 16, 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:

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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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Life Drawing…with Long Hair!

Here are some of my latest Life Drawing sketches.

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I was really frustrated with the model. I mean, she was lovely and everything, but her hair irritated the beejeesas out of me! It was so long and curly, which left strange shadows in unusual places, which made the drawing really tricky. I had to look really hard to work out what was going on. I much, much, muuuuch prefer it when models have either short hair, or their hair tied up. Grrrr!

Marc Godfrey Sketch Blog: Life Drawing

Marc Godfrey Sketch Blog: Life Drawing

I’m finding it easier to quick sketch again. When you fall out of the habit, it can be quite difficult to retrain your eye and hand co-ordination to get down on paper what you see, quickly and efficiently. For me, to do this, it has to be soft charcoal…every time!

Marc Godfrey Sketch Blog: Life Drawing

I’ve got a terrible habit of drawing the core trunk of the human figure, too shortly. I’ve noticed on a few of my sketches now, that the torso seems to be fine, but as soon as I get to the abdomen, I’m straight away drawing the top of the thighs! The stomach area is too short! At my next classes, I need to be really careful about that. Look harder, Marc!

Marc Godfrey Sketch Blog: Life Drawing

Marc Godfrey Sketch Blog: Life Drawing

See what I mean?

I tried a new technique this week. I drew with white, on black. I’ve drawn on pre-charcoaled paper before, and added dark tones, and took away charcoal to create highlights. But, this time, the only drawing I did was in white. It was strange, like working in reverse. My first attempt was a bit shoddy:

Marc Godfrey Sketch Blog: Life Drawing

It’s too focused on the outline, that isn’t white at all. My instinct was to draw the dark bits first, so I had to really concentrate and work out where the highlight was, and map that out first, then with lighter stokes, make the midtones, still using white. The outcome is interesting, I think:

Marc Godfrey Sketch Blog: Life Drawing

To practice this some more, I drew a pose in pencil on white paper, then did the same one again, but on black paper, using white conte:

Marc Godfrey Sketch Blog: Life Drawing

Marc Godfrey Sketch Blog: Life Drawing

What do you think…?

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© Marc Godfrey 2014

 
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Posted by on February 12, 2014 in Life Drawing

 

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Lovely Life Drawing

Here are some of my sketches from last Tuesday’s Life Drawing class. I really enjoyed this week, I felt more prepared. Last week, I winged it a bit. This week, I knew I wanted to do a charcoal sketch on pre-charcoaled paper (which I did at home, in advance) and I knew I wanted to do some studies in marker pen!

After last week’s class, I went online and ordered some more Willow Charcoal (shamefully, my supplies were running very low). So, I was set, and this is what I created:

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For the quick sketches, I used my trusty willow charcoal – which was much better to get back in the swing of mark making! The above sketches range from 2 to 5 minute sketches.

The below sketch is the one I did on my pre-charcoaled paper. I used to do this quite a bit at Art School, and I love the overall look it creates.

Marc Godfrey Sketch Blog: Life Drawing

The below charcoal sketch was done in 20 minutes. I think we were really lucky with our model. He had some really interesting poses, and most importantly – kept still!

Marc Godfrey Sketch Blog: Life Drawing

It wasn’t until I got home that I realised I’ve drawn the next study, as a hobbit! Big head alert, everyone:

Marc Godfrey Sketch Blog: Life Drawing

I was keen to do some sketching in marker pen. I like its permanence. Each mark you make, can’t be erased. I like it. I used black for the shadow, and green for the midtones…I left the highlights floating around the white of my page 🙂

Marc Godfrey Sketch Blog: Life Drawing

The below inkies were 2 and 5 minute studies:

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That’s it for now. It feels so good life drawing again!

Before you go, let me know what you think…

© Marc Godfrey 2014

 
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Posted by on January 18, 2014 in Life Drawing

 

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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.

Marc Godfrey Sketch Blog: Life Drawing

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.

Marc Godfrey Sketch Blog: Life Drawing

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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