Sunday, October 4, 2015

Saturday, September 26, 2015

The Conductor in color and in action

I just finished my 2nd CGMA character design class with Nate Wragg. It's been an enligthening process to take an idea and develop it to make it "animatable". Through the course of the eight weeks, the character evolved as I explored design changes and tweaks that would reflect his personality. I also explored digital painting for the first time... it's a whole new world!  Below are a drawing of the conductor in color and him in full action with his orchestra.

Sunday, September 13, 2015


This term in my CGMA class, our project assignment revolved around developing a character for animation. We worked on multiple types of drawings that are required when creating a character. Below are a character turn-around, some facial expressions and poses that show personality traits/hobbies/etc. I am very fond of orchestral music and I thought it would be fun to draw a conductor. I used to work in animation for television and I remember doing those kinds of drawings (on real paper...with real pencils...on a light table!). It brought back many great memories. 

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Cat study

Last weekend I attended the 3rd and last of the summer masterclasses offered by Samantha Youssef at Studio Technique ( She focused on animal anatomy which is an area that was totally ignored in the art schools I went to and I must admit, I am guilty of not having looked into it until now.

We did some gesture during the class and had to draw some poses of  an animal of our choice as assignments. I chose the cat because I never felt comfortable drawing them. The class helped tremendously and I look forward to continue drawing animals.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Pirate character facial study

A few weeks ago I finished the a first term learning about character design taught by Nate Wragg at CGMA. We had to do a turn around of one of the characters we had drawn in the previous weeks. I chose one of the pirates from this drawing: . Doing a turn around from an illustration always requires some adjustments to make the character functional without loosing their appeal...challenging!  

I recently attended a weekend masterclass taught by Samantha Youssef at Studio Technique covering facial anatomy and expressions. I knew the face had muscles, but didn't know about the main ones and their purpose. A class I recommend to all artists...and riggers! I used the pirate to explore some facial expressions. 

It's  exciting to create characters of your own...humbling and intimidating too, but a very enlightening process.