Friday, December 31, 2010

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

This video is the reason why I am where I am and why I am doing what I do.  It took me years to figure out exactly what path I wanted my life to follow, and if it wasn't for a select few people (who know who they are) I wouldn't have got the clarity I needed to see where to go.  One of those fine people gave me this one day to watch and it proved a very much need turning point in my life,  and I want to thank him so much for showing it to me.  I hope it provides as much countless inspiration for you as it has done for me these past few years.

Happy New Year 2011!  I hope it's a good one for us all.

x Lynne

Thursday, December 16, 2010

LAVA [Working Title]

I guess I really aught to have linked this blog before, but I guess the end of term is as good as any time to do it really.  This semester's project was simply to create a one minute animation in a group of 3, 4 or 5 people.  This blog is the culmination of most of our work for the year.  Go to it and have a look and critique and comment and suggest pretty please.  We hand in on January 10th so I'm trying to get everything up and blogged by then.  Expect a torrent of posts nearer the deadline.  Go now and appreciate:

Thank you!

I Heart Reinhard 2: Reinharder

Last year I made my fellow animators I <3 Reinhard badges as Christmas presents, and distributed them at the end of year Animation Christmas Night Out.  Reinhard, for those who do not know, is the head of the Naboland Research Institute and also our life drawing tutor.  He is a mild-mannered, quiet-spoken  German fellow who is a bit of a living legend amongst us animators, to a point where he is making a special guest appearance in many of the fourth years' final films.  

This year I thought I would continue the tradition and create another badge, this one entitled: I <3 Reinhard 2: Reinharder, with a guest appearance from Dictator Cat, third years' newly created Big Brother figure.  Unfortunately, due to the postage backlog, the badges did not make it in time for me to distribute them at last night's Animation Christmas Night Out so it was suggested by Mr. Tom Gane that I upload it here.  So here it is!  My gift to my kin.  Enjoy!


Friday, November 12, 2010

Life Drawing 12/11/10

Today's life drawing was "Lying Poses".  Only four poses, each 25 minutes long, and the first one I only got halfway through as Reinhard took me aside to assess my work.  He said he was impressed with the completeness (for want of a better word) of my drawings, and the detail I put in my hands and feet.  He said my tonal work could be better, when I shade I only shade in one direction rather than following the contours of the body so it can leave my drawings quite flat.  He suggested that maybe I should try using brown paper and getting black and white pencils to help with highlights and shades and such.  Apparently he was saying that to a lot of students.  I think I might try it for the last couple weeks of term to show I'm taking what he's saying on board.  I've been meaning to try other mediums all semester, so it'll probably be good for me.  

Overall he seemed quite happy, he complimented me on the likeness of my drawings to the models, especially since I've been drawing them for a shorter time that the general foundation students.  I wish I could have heard everything he was saying, he is such a soft spoken man that I missed a lot of his critique and was too shy to ask him to repeat it.  I guess I'll have to wait till the end of the year and see what the assessment form says.

All sketches were done using willow charcoal.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Life Drawing 05/11/10

I believe this week's life drawing was entitled "Working Hands".  The Superman pose kinda threw me a wee bit, but otherwise I was incredibly happy with all my drawing this week, especially the first one of his hands pulling rope.  I <3 hands.

Each sketch was done using willow charcoal.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Life Drawing 28/10/10

Today's life drawing was "Heads and Hands", which I was really excited for but found myself having a REALLY bad week.  I totally wasn't in the mood to draw and I was only really happy with the last one.  And, to be fair, it was more heads than hands, which saddened me a wee bit 'cause I like drawing hands.  

Also, I've discovered this week that I am quite terrible at drawing mouths and doing any form of tonal work.  TBH I'm never entirely sure if I'm doing it right in the first place.  Ideally I would like somebody to sit down with me and give me an idea as how to go about doing tones.  I guess if I just persevere I'll get there in the end.

Each pose was 25 minutes long and all drawings were done using willow charcoal.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Obs Drawing 25/10/10

Drawing strangers on a train! Yey! Had to stand in the doorway ALL THE WAY from Aberdeen to Dundee, but it gave me a good vantage point to draw a couple people so it weren't all bad.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Life Drawing 15/10/10

This weeks life drawing was on 'Walking Positions'.  Reinhard asked the model to walk about for a bit and stop mid-cycle so we could draw.  A lot of the poses were unbalanced so they were all only 5 minutes long. Reinhard also wanted to fit in as many drawings as possible since next week is reading week and we miss a class. 

I forgot how difficult it was to fit so much in in such a short space of time.  You really only have time for basic shapes and maybe a quick tidy up before the next pose.  I was quite chuffed overall though, there was only one pose I didn't quite manage to finish, and not any that I am unhappy with.  A couple are out of proportion but I still wouldn't say they're bad drawings.  Next life drawing won't be till 29th October so /i'll try and fit in some obs drawing instead to make up for it.

All drawings were done with willow charcoal.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Obs Drawing CMT 14/10/10

Some observational drawing from our CMT lecture.  This week we started learning about how to write our dissertation and we had this lovely wee lady guest lecturer who gave us a list of verbs (I swear to God, she even asked if we all knew what a verb was, and made sure we all knew it was a 'doing word') for us to potentially use whilst writing.  I drew a picture of her in the bottom left.  She was quite tricky to draw cause she had really fair eyebrows which you could only just see on her face so I wasn't exactly sure how to draw them.  They're kinda half there I guess, best I could do.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Life Drawing 08/10/10

 This week's life drawing was on "Different Leg Poses", and we got to draw the lady again today which was a nice change!  I am surprisingly happy with the drawings this week especially 'cause I really felt like I was struggling to get started on a lot of the sketches.  I got there in the end though.  Reinhard was commenting that he's noticing we aren't being as pernickety with detail as we once were, and this was exactly what I was thinking when I was drawing.  I've bought myself some new "thin" willow charcoal (lies!  They're as thick as my thumb.  Big, stupid, cumbersome things) and I was finding myself giving up on the finer details and trying to keep my drawing clean.  I like it, and I'm really happy with the end results.

The timing for all the poses are beside each picture, most were 10 minute, but  a couple were different (the chair and kneeling poses).  All were drawn using FAT willow charcoal.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Life Drawing 01/10/10

This week's poses were "Different Trunk Positions, Twisting and Stretching". We had the lovely Douglas (definitely my favourite guy to draw) today, but alas this week was a bad one. I wasn't really happy with a lot of my proportions, my line started to get heavy again, and I really struggled with the two middle drawings. Think it's probably mostly to do with the fact that it's been a while since I've sat and drawn a full figure. This added with the twisting and the stretching of the trunk really made it difficult. I got there in the end though. The final picture was definitely my favourite of the day.

All the poses were 25 minutes and I used (as ever) willow charcoal on all drawings.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Obs Drawing CMT 30/09/10

Some observational drawing from our CMT lecture.  Anna Notaro AND Chris Byrne (that his name?) were talking today so I got to draw BOTH OF THEM!  Thought they came out quite nice, I was quite happy with my sketches. Also got the back of Dave's head as he sat rapt a few pews ahead of me.  The picture of the other man is of a gent from way back when who wrote a book about something relevant to the lecture.  His face was on the screen for a while so I took a quick sketch.  Is that cheating when it comes to obs drawing?  I hope not.  Anyway, enjoy.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Obs Drawing Megan-Leigh 25/09/10

Was up in Aberdeen this weekend seeing my sister and my brother-in-law and MY NIECE, baby Megan-Leigh. Thought it'd be cool to try drawing her, in between screams and tears, while I was up, and my word is it difficult to draw a baby. They're proportions are really strange. She has such delicate, minute little features but big chubby cheeks, and her head is so large compared to her wee body. It was a challenge, but fun.

The drawing on the top of the second picture is definitely the closest I got to looking like her, but it was still very much unlike her at the same time. If that makes sense.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Obs Drawing 24/09/10

Observational drawings of people at the train station before I went to see my family in Aberdeen.

Life Drawing 24/09/10

Life drawing began again today! YEEEEY! This week our subject was "Head studies from different positions", so we got to study Eddie's head from different positions. It was another good week, I am incredibly happy with all of my drawings today (although looking back through them I think I maybe made his face a wee bit too gaunt in the first pic). Each sitting was 25 minutes and they were all drawn using willow charcoal (for want of another medium - think I might get Reinhard to suggest one for me next time).

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Obs Drawing CMT 23/09/10

Some observational drawing from our CMT lecture.  Got a lovely wee sketch of Dr. Notaro behind her computer and annoying, I-love-to-comment-on-everything, bald TBA guy from the back.  Lots of people around me (mostly animators to be fair) had pencils out and were drawing too so I found it a good opportunity to practice drawing hands.  At least CMT is good for something.  This way I know I'm getting at least 2 hours of observational drawing a week, which sound hopefully help keep my grade up.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Sketch Group 19/09/10

Sketches from Sunday Sketch Group! I didn't get many done tbh. We met up on the Caird Hall steps then moved to the McManus Galleries to get in from the cold and, having never been there before, I spent most of my time looking at the galleries than I did actually drawing people. I'm hoping to make a point of going every week though to keep my observational drawing up. It was the only bad point on my report at the end of last year so I need to get better.