Posted on November 29, 2011
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).
Posted on November 25, 2011
Posted on November 24, 2011
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:
Posted on November 23, 2011
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.
Posted on November 16, 2011
Posted on November 12, 2011
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?
Posted on November 8, 2011
Posted on November 4, 2011
Posted on November 1, 2011
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.
Posted on October 31, 2011