6 months of Lifedrawing!

In November 2011 I decided I needed to revisit my collage days at GCADT and learn life drawing again! I’d gotten very slow and rusty so bought a few books. I found Burn Hogarth’s ‘Dynamic Anatomy’ good for anatomy reference, Andrew Loomis’ ‘Figure Drawing’ great for general drawing approach and ‘Michael Mattesi’s ‘Force: Dynamic Lifedrawing for Animators’ good for specfic animation lifedrawing approaches. The latter focusses on force which I have been trying to incorporate into the latest drawings here.

From Novemeber to February I read these books a lot and focussed on relearning. I also attended sessions with Cardiff Life Model Collective. All of the images above are from Aktsalon, because I started going more regularly to their longer sessions whilst I was doing an Animation job in Berlin.

I started off quite rusty so am generally quite happy with my progress.. ALWAYS room for improvement though and I’m still sketching away and reading the three books listed above. I’ve noticed it’s made sketching other objects and people in other situations a hell of a lot easier. The 3D cat model I made required me to translate a front view sketch by Polly Love into a side view… I believe that lifedrawing makes you improve on other tasks such as this.

Going to be back at the Cardiff classes now so more soon :-D


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David Talloy Thomas

Greetings! I'm David Thomas, a 3D animator from the UK. Now I live and work as an animator in Paris. I'll use this blog from time to time to as a sketchbook and talk about animation or what I'm up to. Check out my showreel if you've got a minute and drop me a comment or message if you want to chat!

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