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. 

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Drawing warm-up

August has been busy so far with a new character design class starting up and some family time before things go too crazy at work.  Still, it doesn't take long before I realize that if I don't draw, if I don't spend the time doing those figure drawings to loosen up, everything that comes out of the pencil is clunky and stiff. Working in full cg means that I am no required to deliver drawings, but I'm realizing more and more how helpful and an important part of the planning process it least for me. Like any workout, I need the warm-up before hand otherwise it's going to be pretty painful. 

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Sunday figure drawing

A leisurely weekend after a long week at work...trying to loosen up with the line but probably lost focus on proportions...I blame the summer sun that's numbing my eyes! 

Thursday, July 16, 2015

L'aventure, c'est l'aventure

It was my father's birthday not too long ago. For the first time in years, I wanted to give him a drawing. One of the things I thank my dad for is all the  movies he showed me as I grew up and still to this day. The 70s French movie "L'aventure, c'est l'aventure" by Claude Lelouch is one of those films. I watch it every year or so and find little funny details every time. It's not the best movie ever made, but the camaraderie of the legendary cast is palpable. Some elements are dated however lots of it is still so current that it's pathetic... but isn't tragedy at the core of comedy?

The drawing is from a famous scene in the movie where the guys are trying to seduce women who are  half their age by parading in the most macho ridiculous way.  If you're curious, check out the scene here:

Joyeux anniversaire Papa!