Friday, November 27, 2009

Giving you the sack

I might not be doing anatomy as much at the moment, but that don't mean I'm not drawing! Here's a few pages of sketches getting ready for my term final, the classic flour sack animation.

I need a lot more work to get anywhere near good, but there's definite improvement since the beginning of the year.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Not so bad after all

Well, somewhere along the line I managed to salvage a wee bit of confidence, and got my assignment done. It turned out far better than expected, honestly. It's mostly familiar stuff, since it's a revision of the Antic Box I posted a few weeks ago, but with the addition of the cape, smoother movement and more detail on the background. All in all, I'm pretty happy with it.

Now to see if the instructor agrees with me.

Oh, and the bad news is my November Project, doing all those Bridgeman studies, is gonna be on hold for a bit while I get my final projects for the term out of the way. Not to worry though, there will be sketches along the way.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Could use a shot of confidence

Got an assignment I have to get done for Monday, and I feel totally out of my depth. It's basically adding a cape to the bouncing box I did a couple of weeks ago (it's in the archives a little ways back), so in theory it should be easy. But never having studied drapery, I feel like it's way beyond my abilities. Although I feel a little better after doing a couple of pages of actual studies and reading a bunch of tutorials. Guess we'll see by the end of the weekend.

In any case, here's today's Bridgeman, and those drapery studies I mentioned. A mixed bag, there's some good stuff and some not-so-good stuff. Overall, I'm reasonably pleased with it.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Back on the horse

Sorry about missing the past few days. I got in a procrastination mode and wasn't doing what I should have. I do have an excuse for yesterday, since I spent it all doing school work, right into the evening. But Sunday and Monday, not so much.

Figures seem to be doing well, but those hands. Oy! I have lost my mojo!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Kick, punch, it's all in the mind

Pretty productive today for a change. Caught up on my homework, plus three half-hour sketch sessions. So here's the images:

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Hubba Jubba

Sorry I missed yesterday, I had schoolwork I needed to get done. I'll make it up with extra pages tomorrow, promise!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Cigarettes and Coffee Pots

More Bridgeman, plus a couple of Vilppu-style gesture studies I did in class this morning. Not really happy with tonight's Bridgeman, and I almost didn't get it done. Try to make it up by doing extra tomorrow, we'll see.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Back to the Bridgeman

And on and on and on. Four pages today, go me!

Even if the last two suck.

Oh, and sketchy nekkid ladeez.

Saturday, November 7, 2009


I watched this movie back in the 80's, when Wormwoods Dog and Monkey Cinema was still on the corner of Gottingen, right across from the Red Cross. I loved that location, and really didn't think much of the choice to move to the old Rainbow spot, where the place eventually died. Bad move.

In any case, my Enviro instructor, Pops, has been talking a lot about filmmaking and composition, so when I pulled this down and started watching it, I could see a lot more than I was aware of way back when. And, in fact, I was compelled to take a few notes on a handful of scenes that really caught my eye. Sort of like crude storyboards. It's a skill I need to develop, honestly, so I might as well get started on it.

They're not much to look at, but if you know the movie you might recognize the scenes.

Bridgeman, Bridgeman, Bridgeman!

Huh, he didn't appear. Guess that only works on Tim Burton characters.

23 days to go!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Bridgeman Day Two

Not as productive a day as I'd hoped, assignment wise. Which sucks, since I really wanted to devote the whole day to working. On the plus side, I ended up doing two half-hour Bridgeman sessions, which can only do me good, yes?

Concentrating on hands at the moment because (1) I need the practice and it's always good to draw hands a lot, and (2) I've got an assignment due in two weeks that involves breaking down hands, so this is relevant. You can guess which of the two is the primary motivator here.

So here's what I got done today:

Not as productive a day as I'd hoped, assignment wise. Which sucks, since I really wanted to devote the whole day to working. On the plus side, I ended up doing two half-hour Bridgeman sessions, which can only do me good, yes?

Here's what I got done today:

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

The next adventure

So the past few weeks I've been getting so frustrated in life drawing class that I could GNAW MY OWN FACE OFF! Mostly due to the difficulty in applying Andrew Loomis style mannikin construction to real-life models. Not nearly as easy as it looks, let me tell you!

So in any case, I don't want to be someone who bemoans their fate and never gets off their butt to do something about it, so I've devised a plan to make me better at body construction.

For the rest of this month, I plan to spend at least 1/2 hour each day doing studies from George Bridgeman's Constructive Anatomy and Complete Guide to Drawing From Life. Both have a great emphasis on body construction, and I find the style a bit more accessible than Loomis'. Clearly there's a chance I'll miss the occasional day, but I'll try to stick with it as much as possible and see where it takes me. Certainly it won't do me any harm.

So here's the first day's attempts. A bit rough, but what do you expect on the first day?