storyboarding

Classes just started up again this week! I’m taking Acting for Animators & Storyboarding. The acting class will mostly be videos of myself (& probably Nick) so I won’t be posting much from that class, unless we have some really Oscar-worthy performances.  The courses run double-time in the summer so I have two deadlines per week. I’m looking forward to the storyboarding class –…

snow white dancing scene – Drawing from the Imagination Final

Here’s my final project submission for my favorite class last semester, Drawing from the Imagination. The assignment was to illustrate an excerpt of “Snow White” … of course, I forgot to save the text… but to paraphrase, Snow White & the dwarves (none of them higher than Snow’s waist) have just finished cleaning all day. After a good supper, they all celebrate with dancing…

evil queen from snow white

We recently had an assignment for Drawing from the Imagination that required reflection plotting – so complex! The theme was Snow White’s evil stepmother; the process was challenging and counterintuitive. In order to make sure that the drawing included the both the queen and her reflection, we were instructed to draw the queen & her reflection first, then fit the frame of the mirror…

combat!

This assignment was a lot of fun to work on! It was a three-week process for my Drawing for Imagination class, and my instructor provided lots of great feedback along the way. Here’s the finished piece – I am really happy with the characters, their costumes and the general layout. The first week, we had to design nude characters in combat – this way…

three heads in perspective

In “Drawing from the Imagination”, we’ve been working on drawing the human form from imagination, using indirect photo reference.  Here’s a recent assignment with the photo ref included. It required that we draw Ron from a 2-pt perspective (from a side angle, level with his head), Sophie from a 2-pt vertical perspective (basically, looking down or looking up at her) & Francis in 3-pt…

street perspective update

Remember that one-point perspective street that took me a million hours earlier in the semester? Well, I spent a little more time on it recently… my instructor is great at giving detailed constructive criticism, so I was happy to make the adjustments. I added in those electric wires (and their shadows) that I’d forgotten before. I fixed the shadows on the front left window frames…

getting some perspective

So far, my Drawing from the Imagination class is really shaping up to be an incredible challenge (and we’ve only just started the third week of the semester!).  It’s like perspective boot camp, which is perfect, because that’s what I really need.  I think anyone would squirm when faced with the crazy grids,  plotting and intersections that create a formal perspective drawing… but getting…

us or me

In 2006 I took an Illustration class in the evenings at the School of Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.One assignment was to create illustrations for a selection of Ian McEwan’s “Us or Me” from the New Yorker. I created the pen & ink drawing below, of the argument scene, when the men are fighting over the ropes of a rogue hot air balloon….