Sketching Tutorial

Posted: December 8, 2010 in Uncategorized

Mondays are awesome. We have an hour time slot, in which, we are asked to sketch each other, in 30 seconds, 2 minutes or 5 minutes. Turns out 30 seconds gives the best results.

Reason why? It allows you to keep the initial features of your subject in mind, rather than thinking about all the intricate detail.

After this tutorial, I started to think about a book that I had previously read, ‘DRAWN TO LIFE’ by Walt Stanchfield. He used to work for Disney, and concentrated on getting pose down on a page in a matter of seconds.

His book is very VERY helpful, and allows you to stop thinking about detail when it isn’t always necessary.

Here is a lovely excerpt from his book, that inspired me to look for the quality in a gesture:

‘Everything has it’s own gesture, the table’s “tableness” the crow’s “crowness”. When you get to people or animals or things you know well as individuals, the quality gets even more specific, belong only to him, her or it. Drawing can find and record the gestures: in fact, such recognition is at the heart of all truly great drawing’

This quote alone helped me to decide what I NEEDED to show in my character creation, along with the quick sketching tutorial that we had, I kept my drawing loose, yet still portayed the gesture.

Another good source of inspiration for my drawing came from William Andrew Loomis (1892–1959), most of his publications are out of print, and if they are available to purchase, they are pretty steep in price, however, I found a good source on the web:

Although slightly stylized, the pages that you can see of Loomis’ drawings, are very similar to the looseness of Stanchfield, yet still give you the gesture.

Next up, graphics and design 


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