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.


Wednesday, September 8, 2010


As the title may have suggested, I have a backlog of stuff I've been meaning to upload to this blog, which means anyone following me might notice a spew of new posts from me on their dashboard so apologies in advance for the clog.

Got back to school this week (a week early, classes only start back next Monday) and helped a little getting the studios set back up and running again. Been in with the team the last two days trying to get stuff sorted. Been pitching ideas back & forth and it looks like we're working on a lava animation Kieran and I have been playing with for the last wee while. I'll go into it more in the next post but, for now, it's just so damn good to be back!

Here is a wee sketch I did today... a little Hogarth-y maybe?

Sunday, September 5, 2010

The Jam Thief

Sooo I was asked to do some inbetweening for a lovely fourth year by the name of Theresia McCearney for her final fourth year film 'The Jam Thief':

I was given three scenes altogether (about 13 seconds worth of animation - they start about 1m30s when the frog reaches the gate), one of the Mother Plant and the baby plant Buddy, which was on multiple layers, and two of the Frog; one as he reaches the gate and hands Buddy to Mother, and the one following where he waves like Columbo before turning and walking off:

Inbetweening was such a challenge.  I'd never done it before and it took me a good six weeks or so to  do the 13 or so seconds I'd been given.  In fact, I was handed it after another member of my class decided she couldn't inbetween it to a standard she was happy with so Theresia passed it to me.  The experience was nothing but wonderful though, and  I am very glad I did it.  It literally threw me into the deep-end of being an inbetweener, and it was invaluable experience for the 40 second animation we did in second semester and for what I want to go on to do in third and fourth year.  I would highly recommend other people to jump in on a fourth year film where they can.  The experience is so beneficial it's unreal.