layout design thumbnails

Here’s a quick post with some recent thumbnails from my layout design class, demonstrating some elements of design:

layout building – "big city" theme

For my Layout design class, I had to create a simple layout using a number of layers including background, overlays, underlays & character level. Here’s what the final piece looked like, plus smaller versions of the individual layers.   If I had the time to work on this some more, I would make the sky part a solid block with a light gradient, rather than…

mabel moves

This video is a combo of two assignments for my Traditional Animation 2 class – getting up out of a chair and “easing in” to a walk. In order to smoothly start or stop any action in animation, you have to carefully space the drawings so that the motion doesn’t start awkwardly or end too abruptly. Keep in mind this is just a simple…

meet mabel!

So, it’s happened once again – I missed my weekly posting! Not for a lack of material, though  – my new classes are very challenging and I am already learning so much. In first week of classes, our Traditional Animation 2 assignment was to create a a five-point turnaround model sheet. Last fall I played around with some basic character design but hadn’t done…

more museum animals

I’m working hard on my new spring assignments but nothing’s quite ready to post yet.  I found some sketches from the Museum of Science – when I worked there full time I used to try to sketch during lunch. Here’s the moose from New England Habitats. One of the Exhibit Development staff told me that when they put this moose up for exhibit in…

chappy & two lamps

Spring classes start up next week!  After a not-so-exciting ideology of art intercession class over the last 3 weeks, I am really looking forward to studio courses. All three of my classes this semester will have an intensive studio focus – Traditional Animation 2 (a continuation of last semester), Layout Design (backgrounds for animation) & Drawing from the Imagination (which hones on on perspective…

beryl & rawrg – character sketches

Here are some never-before-seen character sketches I did while designing Beryl & Rawrg last fall! For the main part where we first see both of them together, I tried to give her a skeptical, static stance to contrast with his crazy, over-the-top antics.

more faces

More faces from my fall 2011 figure drawing class. All are from online photo reference but my favorites are the last three – they’re from a series of photographs by Sarah Stolfa, of “regulars” from the bar where she works.   

fabric folds

Here are some pieces from my fall figure drawing class where the assignments focused on the storytelling of folds in fabric. The first one is a drawing I did from life of one of my dresses draped on a stool; the rest are from photo references that Nick helped me take.

hands, legs, faces

Just some random assignments from my figure drawing class, picked from separate weeks. Just about everything is from photo reference, although the hands are Loomis copies. from Andrew Loomis’ “Head & Hands”