bird walk

Walk cycles are pretty difficult to do – you’ve got arms & legs moving all over, the whole body moving up & down – lots of pieces to keep track of.  It takes at least 16 drawings to get a good cycle down. I didn’t love my first attempt at a profile walk cycle this semester – I kind of jumped into it without really thinking about the character, so it turned out kind of bland. In fact, I don’t even feel like posting it, so I won’t.

On my second try, I designed a new character, and intended to have the walk be kind of slow and sad. I like the way this bird turned out but not sure it really looks sad – although the head is down I think the legs get a little jaunty. I also avoided arm swings by making teeny little vestigial wings. I like it anyway, and here it is:

(Wait! Before you watch it, keep in mind that I didn’t have a chance to draw all the details of the head all the way through – the face disappears at one point, please disregard and focus on the body movement, if you can).

toddlers & babies

In figure drawing, we recently had a module where we tackled age differences – babies, toddlers, kids, teens & adults of all ages. Here are my toddler drawings – all based on photo references of my awesome 2-year old. 

smiling victorians & norma jean

Some work from week 9 of my figure drawing class – the first one comes from a great reference site, retronaut.co  – you could spend hours looking through their fantastic images. This image is from their “Smiling Victorians” set – I love those photos, as the people seem so much more alive than the serious images you usually see from that time.

This one’s a drawing of Marilyn Monroe when she was still Norma Jean:

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fishbunny take animation

Remember this little fishbunny character, turning its head? I’ve added a “take” to it… as in “double take”. It’s too bad I haven’t worked on sound yet, I think this little guy would like a sound effect.

emotion study drawings




Here’s work from week 8 of my figure drawing class – had a great, cheap model :).

ears: facial feature study

Here’s the last installment of facial features from week 7 of my figure drawing class.

Oh ears. You used to seem so amorphous and vague! But now I am armed with a little anatomy understanding and you don’t scare me anymore.

This tutorial from Stan Prokopenko really helped me understand some basics of ear construction (if you’re interested in basic facial feature drawing, he does a fantastic job of showing the basic geometric shapes that create complex forms – here’s a link to the rest of his tutorials).

Most ears are shaped sort of like a question mark on the outside, with a letter “y” making up the bulk of the upper part, inside the rim (see the top of the first image). This info has helped me enormously – can you see those basic shapes in the ears I’ve drawn here?

mouth: facial feature study

Here are the mouths from week 7 of my figure drawing class. Most of these are from drawing book or online references, although a couple are from my own mirror studies.

nose: facial feature study

Here are the noses from week 7 of my figure drawing class.

This first page has a bunch of famous noses towards the top – can you guess who’s who?

eyes: facial feature study

In my figure drawing class, we’ve been focusing on close studies of individual features. I’ll be posting two pages each for eyes, noses, mouths & ears over the next few days. I drew most of these from references – both from drawing books & online resources  (you may be able to make out my handwriting for the names of the authors) as well as from photos. I also used a mirror for a couple of the features – can you guess which?

These are all done with prismacolor or graphite in an 11″ x 14″ sketchbook.

happy halloween!

Here’s a creepy facial muscle study to celebrate:

graphite on 11″ x 14″ sketch pad