I meant to post these last weekend, but forgot. I drew them last month, using the Bodies in Motion site, beginning with 30 second poses and gradually giving myself more time. The site is excellent for capturing poses that a model would never be able to hold.


More studies from the Bodies in Motion website! I began with some 30 second sketches, all of which were very rough so I haven’t uploaded any of them. Next I went through one of the motions spending a minute on every drawing. Finally I spent quite a long time on a study of one image.

The gif below is a bit jumpy because I was only drawing every third photo, but I think there’s still a good sense of the overall movement.Ballet_0101

I keep mentioning on this blog that I want to do more drawing from life, so when the stable I’ve begun riding at advertised an informal show jumping event I went along to sketch the participants. At the beginning it was hard to put more than a couple of lines down, but after a while I relaxed and sped up and managed to capture more detail.

One thing that was great fun to draw (though not so good for those riding) were the refusals and run outs. I felt I was able to create drawings covering a huge range of personalities and action.


Rude Awakening

Character (Morpheus) from here: http://www.joshburton.com/projects/morpheus.asp
Chair prop provided by Aardman
All sound effects from http://www.freesfx.co.uk

This is a short animation I created while a Trainee Animator at Aardman. I wanted to push my animation and go for a more cartoony style. For reference I watched a lot of Tex Avery takes! However I still struggled to push the rig (even Morpheus) to get the same exaggeration as a drawn figure while keeping it looking good.

I’m glad I tried to replicate part of the Popeye test a few months ago, because what I learnt doing that (see here) was very helpful with this.

Here are some of my favourite frames:

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Walk and Run Assignments

Character provided by Aardman, animation by myself.

The last few weeks have taught me a lot. There have been a few difficult days when I’ve really doubted my ability: “I’ll never be an animator!” Somehow those dark moments were followed by days where everything worked beautifully.

I wanted to show a little of the referencing I’ve been doing for my assignments. You also get to glance a small part of Aardman!


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