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.

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Early last year I created some concept art for a feature film. Unfortunately the prop I worked on has since been cut from the story, but I’m able to share it here with you.

The first three images were quite general explorations to get a feel for what the director wanted. I enjoyed thinking about the ‘why’ of each knife – why it was created, why it was made of that material, why there was decoration (or not).

There’s a page of quick rock studies, as the knife was to have been placed in a stone.

After I received feedback from the director I developed the ‘plain’ knife option further, extending the blade and creating different options for the hilt and sheath. These can be seen in the last few images below.

I would have liked to develop the knife further still, but (irritatingly) the story is better without it!

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.

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I’ve been referencing horses for a project, so I’ve spent some time drawing them in order to figure out how they work. Using Line of Action I did some quick gestures, and then I searched for various images through Google to sketch in more detail.

The hooves are particularly hard to draw, especially when they’re hidden in long grass as was the case in most of the photographs …Horse_05Horse_04Horse_01Horse_02Horse_03

I thought I’d push my gesture skills a bit and try drawing from moving figures, so I pulled up some ballet videos on YouTube. Very difficult, but good fun!Ballet_01

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Last month I got to take part in a fantastic two-day masterclass with Wouter Tulp and John Nevarez. On one day we came up with different character poses and situations for someone saying ‘Go ahead, I’ll wait.’

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The drawings above were my first rough ideas. I wanted to show a little girl waiting outside her house for a friend. I felt I couldn’t get the leaning-on-her-scooter thing right, so I changed it to a railing. Perhaps this is peculiar to where I live but I remember swinging round, leaning on, and falling off of many railings while waiting for friends and parents as a child …

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Here you can see the ‘finished’ leaning-on-the-railing drawing in the centre. This, and the reading ones at the bottom, were my favourites. I thought there was a nice balance between the passive-aggressive child, who really doesn’t want to wait at all, and the young woman reading who would quite happily spend an hour or two more as she is.

I haven’t posted any figure drawings in ages. They’ve been building up for a while so here are some of my gesture drawings from a fantastic workshop that Sarah Airriess (former Disney animator, animation assistant on Duet, and animator on Ethel and Ernest) gave during the Animation Base Camp back in August.

We began with two-minute poses and worked within shorter and shorter amounts of time until we were using our wrong hands for ten-second poses … the sketches below are in approximate order, so you can see the progression (or degeneration) of the drawings. There were many, many more – one of the great things about gesture drawing is the sheer output. This is a selection of the few I could bear to look at …

I had a wonderful time. It’s been too long since I’ve spent so much time doing real-life gestures!

If you haven’t seen my previous storyboards from the Animation Base Camp, you may want to start here.

The story revolves around odd-couple animals at a therapist’s office. Throughout the camp I worked on several different versions of a scene involving a shark.

Here’s my first, rough, pass:

A cleaned up version with a different take:

The final version, from the animatic:

In the final version the shark became female, the length of the scene was condensed considerably, and a lot of the humour came from the audio rather than the visuals. (Imagine the shark’s line read in a strong Glaswegian accent.) Given the overall pacing of the story it was the right way to go, but I missed the fun I had drawing the therapist’s reactions.

During the Animation Base Camp we had opportunities to come up with additional gags which were, in some cases, added to the story. Here are some of my shark ones:

See another board from the Base Camp here!

My grandparents are moving and leaving behind the house that my mum grew up in. It’s a huge change for all of us as it’s been such a big part of our lives. Behind their house is a large field filled with beech trees where my mum, and then my sister and I, grew up climbing trees and jumping into leaf piles and throwing sticks for dogs.

Yesterday my mum and I went out there to draw for the day. (My mother’s also an artist! You can see her work here.) We had the most wonderful weather. Though I did some sketches, some of which you can see below, I also took the time to wander around all my old haunts. It was lovely, but bittersweet.02

I drew the sketch above from the old treehouse! The squiggle in the middle is my dog, who was at that time attacking a stick.

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This stile leads from the tree field into farmland, which I took a nice long walk in.

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The beech trees that surround the tree field were, once upon a time, a beech hedge. It’s created a one-sided avenue of sorts.

I spent part of yesterday afternoon sketching at the museum with a friend. I think having another person there helped me to draw much more than I do normally, alone! The animals all had great personalities and it was fun trying to bring them to life. These are all from the National Museum of Scotland on Chambers Street, Edinburgh.

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I’m illustrating a short story of mine, something I’ve wanted to do for a while! Here are some of the concept sketches. I’ll use a similar style for the finished pieces; I didn’t initially plan for them to be black and white but I love how these have turned out.

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More Sketches

I did more sketching from artists.pixelovely.com yesterday. I chose to focus on hands and feet this time. There were some very tough poses, but I had a lot of fun doing these. Here is a very small selection:

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Sometimes if I’m not pleased with a drawing I’ve done, and I still have time, I try it again.clasp copy This was very difficult to draw. I think the front reads quite well, not sure about the back though. And I used a lighter coloured pencil, which doesn’t help at all …

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Yesterday I found a link to the site artists.pixelovely.com which has photographs of people, animals, expressions, etc. that can be viewed as “classes”. This morning I tried out a 30-minute figure drawing class, followed by a 30-minute animal class. There are different things to pick from – clothed, nude, horses, birds – but I chose the most general options. The classes both began with several 30-second poses, followed by gradually lengthening poses. What I really enjoyed about them is that they replicate the drawing-class feel. It’s hard to keep track of the time I spend drawing sometimes! I would recommend checking it out: the site’s free, and though the photographs used wouldn’t be great for very long, high-detail drawing they are great for quick gestures.

Here are some of the drawings I did. My animals ones were generally better (perhaps because I’d spent most of the figure class warming up). I added the colour later.

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Old Drawings

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This is one of the first sketches I did for the fire in “Dreid”, my VFS classical animation. (You can find the film in “Shorts”.) I took a picture of the sketch when I had to throw the sketchbook it was in away, and I only found the picture this weekend.Bird copyThis little bird was in the same sketchbook, but he’d been drawn for a different assignment. He looked so cheerful I had to colour him in.

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Today’s quick doodle.

I want to try and get away from relying on my sketch lines. I’m finding it difficult to translate them into finished, clean lines!

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