I’ve been pretty annoyed with myself lately for dialing in certain things in my designs. So, here are some much needed studies on women’s shoes and anatomy. It’s been a while since I’ve done real figure drawing, so here is an attempt at re-grounding my anatomy. These are “virtual tracings”-so don’t be impressed. I’m just sharing stuff that’ve been troubling me lately in my personal work. It’s fun to take the time and just examine things. -Waveybrain
We saw Miyazaki’s latest film, Arrietty aka, “The Borrowers” this past weekend. Amazing! The way the scale and sound was depicted; the incredible detail; all the subtle acting nuances and keen observations typical of Miyazaki; the lush backgrounds and beautifully rendered textures…there is so much to enjoy. Non-animation people might not appreciate how difficult it is to depict such scale in a hand-drawn medium, but Miyazaki does it masterfully. Some of the characters are pretty ugly looking, but I like that. It’s more true to life. And, he manages to make them compelling and fun despite that. I found myself thinking about the study and observations that goes into his movies in comparison to the details and study that goes in to an american animated features like: Tangled , Kung Fu Panda, Dragons…each are lush and full of observation. But, Miyazaki’s sensibilities stand apart for some reason. I think his films are like an Eyvind Earle painting: incredibly rich and full of detail across the entire canvas, making Miyazaki’s movies feel more dreamlike with a heightened sense of reality. Whereas, most american films are lit in ways that stage the action theatrically and downplay the background elements. In a Miyazaki movie the background is as much a character as the “actors”. The only thing I was a little disappointed by was that I thought the movie was going to be more about conservation. That is what I was hearing in the media/see: asinine “news” clip: (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RuFcWkFJZgk). The movie was more about symbiosis than conservation. I was hoping my kids would understand conservation better after the movie. But, instead they probably understand borrowing.
Here are caricatures I dabbled with. The one with the flag was to mess with my good pal. The guy riffling at his computer is my co-worker. Whenever I passed by his office that’s the impression I got of him. I usually draw politicians when I’m annoyed with them to vent. These are doodles just for fun. -Waveybrain
My cell phone is waning, but I managed to extract the pics from it tonight. Most of these drawings I’m going to post are a little old now, and I’ve already shared them in FB. This model is actually a man I used to work with at Disney: he worked in the effects department. His name is John Tucker and he’s a great model because he understands the kinds of expressions and storytelling poses that animation artists crave. Some of these drawings are opposite angles of drawings that Steven Silver included in one of his drawing books…”Drawn to Life”, I think. I remember when I saw his book I thought it was kind of neat to that we have our different takes from that day of figure drawing. I really enjoy drawing. Usually my aim is to capture what I’m seeing and try to get in the mind of the model. Hopefully, that comes through in my drawings. -Waveybrain