Sunday, April 20, 2008

Life Drawing - Cats

I have a cat character appear in a short film idea. So I sketched some cats. I like seeing construction lines.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Stop Motion - another test

This is a short stop motion test. Made with a digital camera taking still images. Then loading the image sequence in Monkey Jam and exporting as an AVI. This time the camera was on a steadier tripod. The lighting needs some work.

Stop Motion Test from Frank G on Vimeo.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Life Drawing - 2

Sometimes it's nice to get away from the Wacom tablet and pen to push some paint around a canvas. I wanted to extend the curved line of action through the model's back (but doing that threw out other anatomical proportions, stretching her back, to interesting effect?).

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Life Drawing

During the course in 1st year we spent some time in the studio doing life drawing of nude models.

Once there was a requirement for animators to show life drawing skills in their portfolio for traditional animation jobs. But maybe that's not such a key requirement these days?

Anyhow, during the course of the life drawing classes I found a technique that worked pretty well for me as an average draftsman. So I'll share it with the three people who visit this blog.

My main obstacle was that I tried to hard to draw. So I chose a medium that I had no control over to make the first marks on the page. An ink wash worked well for me, as it goes on to the paper broad and fluid and under influences other than my mind and hand. Wash over wash gave the figure depth. Then I could add some defining lines (I like the feel of charcoal or conti crayon across the paper) to complete the study.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Background roughs

Next term we start, in earnest, on our major project, or building our show reels.

I'm going to have a go at making a short film.

As part of the process, I would like to get a 'Brisbane' feel to the background, so I've been looking at the quintessential architecture of the Brisbanite psyche.

It's wooden and roofed in tin. This is just a mess about with some water colour wash on nice textured paper... mmm... nice texture.