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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

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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!

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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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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.

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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…

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Posted by on January 18, 2014 in Life Drawing

 

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