run3ll asked: Just want to say that I'd really love to chuck my money at you for your art book if you decide to put it up online after CTN. Also, do you have any advice for getting the most out of life drawing (anatomy wise and more). Keep up the mesmerizing work
Thank you so much! If there’s nothing left from CTN I’ll at least chuck the thing on Gumroad for digital download. Thanks for the support :’)
Hmm getting the most out of figure drawing… Each artist will have their different opinion on what the “most” is but here’s what I do. I’m really into anatomy, form, and most of all the sense of weight. I know that when I do figure drawing I’m doing it to better my animation and posing for storyboarding so 80% of the time I will completely forego coloring or rendering shadows and just figure out how to describe the figure in black and white lines (unless those shadows helped to describe the form). I also don’t experiment with tools very much. I know I want to get better with pencils and inks so that’s about all I use atm. No charcoal or pastels. I’m not saying you SHOULDN’T experiment (by all means, do! I probably will when I get bored of pure line) but you improve quicker when you narrow your focus (I learned this from my awesome coworker this year). So if you’re working on anatomy try studying one thing at a time. For one week you study hands, one week for feet, one week for the head, etc etc until you do a week of the entire human body and you can combine everything you’ve learned in the past. A good thing to look up for those kinda lessons is The Famous Artists Course featuring lessons planned by Al Dorne, Norman Rockwell, Al Parker, and a bunch of other fantastic illustrators from the 40s-60s. It’s helped me out a SHIT ton.
If you’re gearing up for a film/comic/illustration/whatever project and have a character design ready try drawing all the model’s poses AS your character, in whatever style you chose to design them in. That way you can get used to drawing the bastard from any angle, and if it’s a super flat designy style it can force you to come up with some interesting solutions for weird poses. Helps work out the brain.
Another thing to try is, after the class, try to remember and duplicate the poses you saw that day. This should be the fun part! Draw them as your characters or whatever the hell you want. That way you can start building your inner reference folder for future use. My freshmen drawing teacher Matt Archambault taught me to do that and I learned later that that’s how Howard Pyle would teach his students at Brandywine. Give it a shot!
This is if you’re in a do-what-you-want kind of drawing situation. If you have a teacher for your figure classes I’d just listen to what they say, they probably know more than me, haha.