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…

western layouts

Since my Traditional Animation 2 & Drawing from the Imagination classes have been so intense this semester, I haven’t posted much from my Layout for Animation course. Here’s an assignment from a few modules back – the goal was to portray the same Western town from two different perspectives. Here’s the one-point view: And here’s the two-point view, a bit further down the street:…

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…

3-point perspective (and 2-point vertical)

Here’s another Drawing from the Imagination assignment – three-point perspective (+ two-point vertical). You can tell when something’s in three-point perspective when there are barely any truly vertical lines – all of them slant off to some point in the distance (in this case, out side of the picture to the bottom, right & left). The two-point vertical comes into play if you want…

two-point perspective interior

In Drawing for the Imagination, we had another assignment that spanned two weeks: a two-point perspective interior. I was going for a space like the Colby Room at the Museum of Science.  Here’s the final piece, with shadows plotted from the main light source & tone added to the surfaces:  The first week’s component was just laying out the basic shapes (see below, with…

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…

foreshortened figures

Here are a couple of drawings from week 5 of my figure drawing class – we were focusing on foreshortening (where parts of the body look smaller or larger depending on how far they are from the viewer). These took about 2 hours each to complete. These are both charcoal, on 18″ x 24″ newsprint, from photos provided by the instructor

tunnel sketches

3rd floor, my parent’s house in Brooklyn Montreal fire escapes  These are pencil sketches from a while ago – working on depth & perspective.