Friday, August 29, 2008

Thurs, Fri - 8/28, 8/29 - Body Construction

Here are Preston's big character breakdowns, a rabbit and a goose.

John K's assignment: place Preston's drawing next to yours and critique yours. Then place it on top of yours, and critique yours again.

To Kome:

Like dog heads and horse gestures!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Sun 8/24-Wed 8/27 - Hands and Head Stetch/Squash

Some Hands

The original:

Some Stretch and Squash Heads

I know I haven't yet digitally placed MY drawings on top of Preston's. I plan to do that soon--- like when the full body drawings begin.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Saturday - 8/23 - Construction - Dog head

Here's a dog head from different positions, just as Preston assigned.
I also worked on the other dog face (of the same edition of the book) in different positions, but that didn't come out so great, so screw posting that.
This marks the END OF PAGE TWO!! Onward to page 3 - squash and stretch in the face.
I'll be away from the computer til thursday, so I'll continue to work, but the posts will have to wait.
So far I've been working off both editions of Preston's book, and it's been taking a while to complete a task. All his art is great, but I think from here on out I'm only going to work off one or the other, but not both.

Monsters Inc Storyboard, pt 2

On Friday I did more than 50 drawings of Monsters, Inc storyboard copies. Again, with the medium blue sharpie, bu this time a little slower, using the PAUSE button on my dvd player. I was drawing fast, but not as fast as I was playing the whole animatic at 1/16 the running speed. it took about 90 min all together.

The Storyboard word of the day is: CONTINUITY. Things have to flow logically fromone shot/ movement to the next.

Friday 8/22 - Construction

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Thursday 8/21 - Construction

This post marks a couple special occasions:
It's been 2 weeks since I first started these assignments
This marks the final task on Page One of the Preston Blair book.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Monsters Inc Storyboard

So to hone my Storyboard chops, I sat for 1 hour and copied the storyboards from the "Monsters, Inc" DVD. It took nearly 80 drawings to do about 2/3 of this scene. I played it at the slowest possible speed my DVD player allowed and had a stack of scrap paper, and a medium blue sharpie in my hand.

The points I'm trying to ram into my skull:
There are many things to focus on, but I think those are the main two.

I intend to dedicate 5 hours a week to physically copying storyboards.
Then, I'll create my own.


Holy Crap! Check these out.
i think it finally clicked. I've been watching a lot of animated films' storybaords on DVD extras, not to mention trying to analyze their appeal and expressiveness.

It's not about drawing entirely 100% on model. Sure, that's the fundamentals, but in the end it's all about APPEAL. Personality, staging. shapes, lines. negative space, rhythm. (Or, as Flying John Culhane says, Gradation, Repetition, Unity, Contrast Harmony.)

Wednesday 8/20 - Construction

The page on the bottom (yay scrap paper) shows overthinking. Then I started listening to the Glen Keane podcast and he's talking about emotionally connecting to his drawing.
After that I did the page on top. I like that much better. It's important not to take the drawing out of context. it's not an analytical drawing on its own, but a dog (in this case) that i have to bring to life. That's the approach that really speaks to me.
Plus, I'm growing a little more confident with my lines.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Monday 8/18 - Construciton - Character Heads

Some heads off the original page 2 or Blair's book

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Sunday 8/17 - Construction - Granny Head

Sorry about the sketchiness here. I'm aware they could be a little cleaner. I was a little under the weather, and on a train. The next ones will be much cleaner.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Saturday 8/16 - Construction - Mustachio Head

Yet more heads

Friday 8/15 - Construction - Character Heads

Ok, so I did half today and half yesterday. But expect another post designated for today.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Thursday 8/14 - Construction - Elephant Head

So Blair's assignment is to take each of his egg-heads and rotate it in each of the 10 directions he's illustrated. A couple of them are almost identical, but whatevs. I was going to skip this task (John K didn't explicitly say to do this) but since it's been done on the blogs of others, I decided to have ago.

It's PAINFUL seeing a crappy drawing you've done. hopefully by the last egg-character the process will come a little more smoothly.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Page 2 of Blair's book

Here's the second page from Preston Blair's book - at least, the copy I own.

For some reason he changed it over time since its original printing, as seen below:

MGM copyright problems? Maybe, but he still features Barney Bear on page 1 of my copy. Well, it just gives me more stuff to draw!

Wednesday 8/13 - Construction - Character Heads

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

My New John K Apparel

This new shirt arrived today.
It's awesome on so many levels.
Because it arrived at my work place, I got to change into it at my desk.
My coworker-film editor Ted liked it so much he got himself a Cigarettes the Cat long sleeve!

Tuesday 8/12 - Construction

Monday, August 11, 2008

Monday 8/11 - Construction

Thurs 8/7 thru Sunday 8/10

Preston Blair- The assignment

John K is the best teacher I've never met. Here's his blog entry form May 2006

In the entry, he begins offering free lessons in animation. I've only just found these entries recently, so I'm applying them!

I'm going to work on his assignments every day for 1 hour and log the progress on this blog.

I'm a huge Ren and Stimpy fan, so I trust John's lessons 110%. And I plan to follow them as long as I'm physically able.

I bought the original "Walter Foster" Preston Blair books off ebay around the year 2000. Like many people, I read it, analyzed it, and put it on my shelf without actually applying it. It's high time I finally do!

The first assignment: draw every head on this Preston Blair page using Blair's techniques on CONSTRUCTION.