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Modeled Drawings & Continuous Line Drawings

Modeled Drawings & Continuous Line Drawings

If the marks we make are just random, we would not have art. Just a mess. Modeled drawings can be Gestures, made of Continuous Lines. It creates a very distinctive stylistic difference, if your drawings do or don’t use Contours. But Identifying each and learning them separately lets us be conscious of their individual traits; intentional about how we combine them; or if we choose to do so at all.

Sketchbooking!

Sketchbooking!

You’ll notice in my posts here, and in class, I keep stressing practice, repetition, doing many interactions, drawing a lot. One can never stress enough the single biggest “secret” to drawing well is drawing often. OK, i’ll be adding more of mine over time, but here’s Will Terrell’s “Old Sketchbooks” series, really worth watching all […]

Notes from Force by Mike Mattesi!

Notes from Force by Mike Mattesi!

Mike Mattesi has a fantastic take on capturing a dynamic line and form in his work and great notes to accompany his examples. The book is well worth owning! I’m just missing the middle child in his main trilogy myself. Force: Dynamic Life Drawing for Animators, and Force: Animal Drawing: Animal locomotion and design concepts for animators are currently being read […]

Structure and shading

Structure and shading

STRUCTURE. Remember this handout from the start of our classes? It shows the range of techniques for drawing the human body, from abstract gesture, to contour lines, to a simplified skeleton, to the geometric mannequin, to realistic liner rendering. For our work on structure we’re focusing on the 3rd and 4th drawings here, the anatomical […]

Modeled Drawings & Continuous Line Drawings
Modeled Drawings & Continuous Line Drawings

If the marks we make are just random, we would not have art. Just a mess. Modeled drawings can be Gestures, made of Continuous Lines. It creates a very distinctive stylistic difference, if your drawings do or don’t use Contours. But Identifying each and learning them separately lets us be conscious of their individual traits; intentional about how we combine them; or if we choose to do so at all.

Sketchbooking!
Sketchbooking!

You’ll notice in my posts here, and in class, I keep stressing practice, repetition, doing many interactions, drawing a lot. One can never stress enough the single biggest “secret” to drawing well is drawing often. OK, i’ll be adding more of mine over time, but here’s Will Terrell’s “Old Sketchbooks” series, really worth watching all […]

Order & Chaos
Order & Chaos

Craft is when we do something well, knowledgeably. We all recognize it. It gets called talent a lot but in truth it’s always the result of practice. The application of craft.

Getting a grip!
Getting a grip!

Regular practice and the refinement of the form of that practice are core aspects of Dynamic Drawing. Without them you will not get much out of simply attending a few classes and drawing very little or with little structure and intention the rest of the time. Remember to approach the work as study. Don’t worry […]

Moving Subject Studies and Kimon Nicolaides
Moving Subject Studies and Kimon Nicolaides

I’m posting two pages here from the book The Natural Way To Draw by Kimon Nicolaides. I own a copy today as does the school, I suggest taking a look at it. When I was learning I was taught several techniques that I didn’t know then, but later learned were based on his techniques. Ironically doing formal moving […]

Dynamic gesture drawing, demo and notes
Dynamic gesture drawing, demo and notes

In Dynamic Drawing one of the core ideas is the best way to learn to draw quickly with a fluid line and get greater control, is to spend time just practicing that! Here’s a few clips of me demoing the technique a little. Remember, spend half or more of the first minute just watching and understanding […]

Notes from Force by Mike Mattesi!
Notes from Force by Mike Mattesi!

Mike Mattesi has a fantastic take on capturing a dynamic line and form in his work and great notes to accompany his examples. The book is well worth owning! I’m just missing the middle child in his main trilogy myself. Force: Dynamic Life Drawing for Animators, and Force: Animal Drawing: Animal locomotion and design concepts for animators are currently being read […]

Pattern Texture and Technique exercises
Pattern Texture and Technique exercises

Pattern & Rendering exercises. Go here for Brush exercises! – and jump to here for a glossary of lines! Exercises for the Brush pen. Here’s an expanded selection of patterns done by other artists, exercises like ours, and some examples of creative ways to approach the exercise, and things you can use them for illustratively as […]

Notes from Peter Han on drawing exercises
Notes from Peter Han on drawing exercises

The chalk trails of Peter Han. A talented designer who teaches for CG Master Academy in New Westminster BC. He gives good demos containing many compatible ideas with our class’s approach to drawing. watch, think, try his methods. Many of these exercises are the same as those i’ll be teaching.

About line for tone & value.
About line for tone & value.

About line for tone & value, cross hatching, and to follow surface or not. In the this post, I introduced to your basic feathering, hatching, cross hatching & basket weave as part of your regular practice regime. We’re going to explore hear how you can use them. The idea using them to do things like depict texture, […]

Structure and shading
Structure and shading

STRUCTURE. Remember this handout from the start of our classes? It shows the range of techniques for drawing the human body, from abstract gesture, to contour lines, to a simplified skeleton, to the geometric mannequin, to realistic liner rendering. For our work on structure we’re focusing on the 3rd and 4th drawings here, the anatomical […]

An intro and demo of the Pentel pocket brush
An intro and demo of the Pentel pocket brush

To get a head start on this weeks class here’s a 10 min intro to this great little tool and some basic tips on using a brush to draw for those of you new to it.

Informing your eye
Informing your eye

The study of the natural & built environment! It’s obvious of course, why we study Anatomy the human body in order to draw it. Likewise its essential to study our built environment, it’s anatomy and design, in order to render it. And the greater natural world as well!

Applications of inking and wash techniques
Applications of inking and wash techniques

To build on the introduction to brush and texture exercises i’ve put up already, I thought i’d record myself doing some work in ink and wash for you all to observe while explaining why I use what techniques I do when I do. There’s a 5 min time lapsed version of the same footage for […]

Imposing the grid and thumbing it
Imposing the grid and thumbing it

Artists have been using mechanical aides since the beginning. Variations on the idea go all the way back to the Egyptian ‘canon of proportions’. Grinds are a classic way to break down the picture plane, compose space, alter and record it. Archaeologists use them too, in order to document the spatial relationships of dig sites on their […]

Rule of 3rds – the golden mean!
Rule of 3rds - the golden mean!

In class we talked about some basic compositional rules last weekend. The Rule of 3rds – the golden mean; Lead room; Geometry and symmetry; Rule of odds; & Simplification! To illustrate applications of the Rule of 3rds, I’ve collected some excellent images and imposed the grid on them all so you can look at how well the […]

Breaking down and analyzing images exercises.
Breaking down and analyzing images exercises.

The Following exercises are meant as tools for learning to analyze the forms we find in our subjects.

Linear Perspective
Linear Perspective

In my post IMPOSING THE GRID, I mentioned the Renaissance invention of Drawing Engines, grids of wire or string used by artists to observe and analyze their subject in order to render them more accurately. In order to create a convincing and consistent illusion of depth, just remember that all your objects need to respect […]

Single point perspective in the films of Stanly Kubric
Single point perspective in the films of Stanly Kubric

In this weeks class we’re introducing the principles of perspective, with an emphasis on using perceived/impressionistic rather than optical/mathematical applications in our art. But i Also wanted to make a point about the value of the humble single point perspective technique, and how in many cases it’s very powerful by itself. This clip is a […]

Freehanding faux 5 point perspective city streets.
Freehanding faux 5 point perspective city streets.

Here’s how these ‘pencils‘ came out [I did them in pen but these are equivalent in my comics creation process]. I posted the panel along with some others in the same sequence with a lot of the same kind of faux 5 point perspective done on them. Click ‘em to see big! :: Take note: I used Foreground, Mid-ground and Background objects […]

Mid-ground rules & the walls bend and breathe
Mid-ground rules & the walls bend and breathe

The bars never move. They establish a fixed mid ground. Your brain does the rest, accentuating awareness of the foreground, and background. And along with texture, lighting, and Bifocal Perceptual Curvilinear Perspective this is how to create dynamic, deep space in your art.

Speed Doodling
Speed Doodling

A fun way to practice is to just doodle! I proscribe it wholeheartedly. Kept many sketchbooks over the years myself. Sometimes I fall out of the habit, especially if I’m doing a lot of drawing for work in the first place. But it’s never good to completely stop doodling and sketching as a habit if you […]

Dynamic Drawing : Drawing The Band
Dynamic Drawing : Drawing The Band

The combination of musical rhythm and a moving subject that tends to move in predictable and interesting ways makes doing live studies of musicians an entertaining way to learn about body language and rhythm. Adam Cantor modeled for us, and returned with guests Russell Simco on the fiddle, and band mate Jonathan Furze on guitar.

Dynamic Drawing – Youtube clips slowed down
Dynamic Drawing - Youtube clips slowed down

I’ve made another clip, this one of some Cirque du Soleil Acrobatic Gymnastics slowed down to half speed, to use as study subjects. And also that short loop clip I used in the last clip of the girl in the striped shirt. This is one of Ali fighting, great study of uper body movement. Look […]

Dynamic Drawing – Theatrical Combat Session
Dynamic Drawing - Theatrical Combat Session

Actors Kristina San and Shawn Baichoo came and pretended to do grievous bodily harm to one another for our edification and then sat for a couple of more traditional long posses. This post is of a series of clips and photos to use for ongoing dynamic gesture studies.

Quick pose and anatomy resources online
Quick pose and anatomy resources online

I’m a big proponent of practice and self directed learning. As much as i can try to teach in class the way people get good is by doing, and more you do the better you get. That’s why I tried to create some utilities here on the site to facilitate studies. Of course Syn Studio […]

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