Tuesday, May 26, 2015


Pirates! These characters were a ton of fun to design. The challenge is always to try and get out of my comfort zone when it comes to the way draw. I tend to always end up with  "la ligne claire". Maybe because that's how we had to draw when I first started in the animation industry? Perhaps also because the bande dessinĂ©e authors I love the most  drew like that. Color and texture will come at some point. 

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Saturday life drawing

The first pose here looks like it might be an easier one but it was anything but. My struggles were trying to figure out the weight distribution and the twist in the torso. A challenging pose! 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015


This week's character design assignment was to draw a crusader. I had a lot of fun researching reference. When I was in high school, I used to read novels that took place in medieval times (Tristan and Isolde anyone?). Forget about hygiene, I just loved the tragic and the sense of honor, perfect antidote to teenage angst. Not all was drama. I laughed re-watching excerpts from "Les Visiteurs"  ("The Visitors"), a comedy where a knight and his servant accidentally time travel to the early 1990s. It's ridiculously hilarious. 

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Revisiting an older session

The life drawings that I do at home that I have been posting for the past few weeks are from the youtube channel "New Masters Academy". This week, I drew from a video that I used as reference a few weeks ago. It was interesting to see the difference. I am getting a little more confident with the Cintiq though I feel a danger to get to caught up zooming in on little details and loosing the big picture (something you can`t do with media unless you bring a magnifier to the session or stick your nose on the paper.) Sometimes I see myself messing up the proportions or spending too much time on those fingers, toes and hair.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Character design!

For a while now I have wanted to draw some of my own characters and also feel comfortable doodling/sketching some of the characters of the shows I am working on. I don't necessarily want them to be completely on model, but at least recognizable...! Until I decided to learn CG, I used to draw all the time. When I did the transition, the time holding a mouse took over the time holding a pencil...sadly. One of my goals is to feel like the pencil can be my partner in crime again for getting ideas out more quickly. This is why I got back into life drawing and why now I started a character design class with Nate Wragg at CGMA. We had to draw monsters for the first assignment. Let me know what you think!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

The simple ones are always the hardest

Some poses that seem simple can end up giving you a real headache. I`m not sure if the second pose below reads... Especially all the upper body section starting with the angled torso with her right upper arm foreshortened just over the foreshortened head. Yikes! The last two poses, I included some gesture again this week with the two last poses with both the gesture and the drawing where I took my time more.