Friday, June 30, 2006

Car drawing

While on break, the inspiration hit to sketch the faces that we passed in the adjacent vehicles next to us. Now I'm not crazy enough to sketch while driving at the wheel the way Walt stanchfield would but I sketched these people while my wife drove. If anyone is traveling this weekend and your "not" in the driving seat, give it a shot, it's fun. The nice thing is the window of the subject's car gives them a nice natural little frame and it helps compose the sketch on the page. Oh and one more thing don't get car sick. Have a nice forth of July!

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Back from break!

Hello anybody,

I had a chance to do some sketching while up the coast so here ya go.

This sketch was done on a beach where my son was chasing waves!

The big aquarium of sea kelp at the Monterey Bay aquarium.

These next two are dear to me becuase my son and wife were having such a wonderful time swinging together on the playground near the hotel. there's a simplicity to the moment of joy my son had while swinging by himself. We should all be so lucky.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Vacation time

Im out for a week. I'll be back on the 26th of the month. Hope you all enjoy this little diddy. It's a cintiq'er.

have a good one.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

a small lesson 02

Many times we as story artist and gesture sketch artists concentrate so heavily on the characters facial expressions that we sometimes forget that the person we are sketching has a cranium. I have fallen into this trap many times and it isn't always easy to remember becuase we want the expression on the face to read. Tom Gately{who works at Pixar now, and is an amazing artist}would always get on my case about it. After a while of getting this banged into my head, I think I got it...I think. This is a small sketch that I did to illustrate the simplicity of the head. Its kind of like drawing two eggs overlapping each other. If we dont put something on the back of the head of a character or sketch, we just get a flat face with no construction to hang on to.

Remember the cranium!

Friday, June 09, 2006

I love fridays

It seems that I keep doing this liquor theme on fridays. Oh well, Cheers! Heres to the weekend!

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

One of my favorites

I did this one a while back in the class. Her name was Marissa Gomez, a very talented model, classical poses with a bit of attitude.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

a different type of anotomy

What I mean is the anatomy of a sketch. I had to take a pic of this piece because it was done a large newsprint. This is a bit of insight to what goes through my head when I'm teaching students and trying to instill them with all that I've learned from Walt Stanchfield. He taught many principles for sketching an art and I've always said to the class that it really is hard to think of all of them and squeeze them all into one drawing. This is why we do so many drawings in one class {at least 40 drawings easy}. Anyhow, in one of the last classes I held I sat down in a moment of inspiration and drew this drawing as quickly as I could. Along the way I wrote down all the thoughts I had when I was laying down the lines. The drawing took about two to three minutes to finish and it was an interesting excercise for me, as I drew I wrote and those two ideas coming together helped me solidify my encouragement for the students, I got excited! I eagerly got up and showed the piece in hopes that some of what I talk about in the class was reinforced by this little map of sorts. A map with a few of the Walt principles he taught. Certainly there are more principles that exist, not only these but within gesture drawing these truly are some to look out for.

Squash and stretch
off centered head {not stiff]
more wieght on one leg
the other relaxing
perspective on foot placement
shoulder to hip differential
twist of the spine

Friday, June 02, 2006

Keep drawing!!!

No matter how busy you get in your daily lives, try and keep the pen moving!